•they should not be using technology at
such a young age,
•rewards and feedback should not come in
the form of sounds
•when they do see a computer for the first
time, they should be taught to touch type
Uses of wordclouds
•Poetry in words
•General display purposes
•Introducing new vocabulary
•For online use
•Great to share with other classes
• No registration required
• Create screen dumps and save as jpg for further use online or offline
• User friendly
• Will not work in some browsers eg google chrome
Explore how people safelyuse
common information systems
Digital Technologies Processes
and Production Skills
Start them young!
All class blog sites should have a cybersafety page
and a code of conduct for online behaviour.
• Even though they are different they have good hearts
• It is summer here and it has been warm, but they said it was cooler than us
• The talk the same as us. I thought they would talk different
• how alike they actually are to us
• Their class was made up of students from different countries (as theirs is an
• As they are so close to us, I thought they would be the same time.
• They were 4 hours behind
• To be nice to the other students
• The time is different in Asia
• Indonesia is a different country
• They looked quite different to what we look like
• How to use a chatroom
• They are different – different tables, setup in the classroom etc
• People eat things that I do not like
• They have the same technology
Technologies and Production Skills
(Digital Technology Standard)
“planning and creating text, drawings and
sound files to share online……”
Voicethread – online podcasting!
Buddy groups - grade 2 Boston, USA - year 7, Hawkesdale P12 College,
About Jackson School
K - 6
7.1 miles from Boston, MA
Boston learnt an Aussie song
Then asked Australian year 7 buddies questions:-
• Lauren Is there a lot of animals?
• Alicia What is your favourite book?
• Caroline What is your pet’s name?
• Charlotte Do you have a pet? What is your favourite food?
• Daniel Do you have an xbox?
• Francesca What do you do at school?
• Jack Do you have shoes?
• James What is the weather like?
• Katherine What type of animals do you see?
• Nathan What do you do at home?
• Mary Clare Do you like your classroom?
• Aidan What time is it?
• Alessandria What time is school?
and more questions....
• Sarah How old are you?
• Sofia What has 3 tails, 12 feet and pulls a wagon?
• Tara Does it snow in Australia?
• Thomas What day it is in Australia?
• Tristan G’day mate, I was wondering if a pack of dingoes could take
down a giraffe?
• Morgan What is it like?
• Nicole How hot is it there?
• Adian Do you have a PS3?
• Thomas Is there such a thing as star wars?
• Noah What is your name? What is your favourite sport?
• Erin Do you like dingoes?
• Lici My question is “What is your favourite food?”
• Nichola What sport do you play?
• Alfonso What time is it?
• Camryn How do you talk in Australia?
• Isabella How old are you?
• Jade Do you see a lot of wild animals?
• James Have you seen a crocodile?
• Emma Do you play a wii? Does is snow? What is your name?
• Ruby/MichaelWhat is your name?
• Sebastian What is it like in Australia?
• Nicholas My question is, “What is it like up there?’
• Mila Does it snow in Australia?
• Martin What animals are in Australia?
• Brett What do you do?
• Nick P What animals do you see?
“I think it helps me. It gives me a lot of different ideas.” LN Grade 1,
You get to learn stuff. LCH Grade 1, US
You get to learn about other countries. ACH Grade 3, US
I learn how to speak another language. SN Grade 1, US
‘It is interesting because it lets us interact with people from
different countries and learn their cultures. ‘ TG Grade 4
‘I think it is really fun to learn about the holidays and
cultures of other people. ‘ EM Grade 4
I liked that the students tried hard to sing what we
sang and that they might have been inspired by us.
CL Grade 3, US
I thought it was interesting because we got to sing
songs to other people in a different country. And
we got to see them perform Peace in My Fingers
for us. BF Grade 3 US
Special thanks to
Ellen Allard: http://www.ellenallard.com
Mary Ann Hoberman:
Tools we use!
Google apps incl hangouts
Tips for successful connections
• Start small.
• Communicate, communicate with each other and form a
friendship and bond!
• Test the software and hardware before using it with students.
• Be patient. Keep experimenting and working at success!
• Practice using the software with students before any 'live
• Be flexible. Always have an alternate plan to fall back on.
• Be willing to take some risks and learn from them.
• Always have a back-up plan should technology fail.
• Find someone who has similar interests. Be willing to take
some risks and make some mistakes Test
• time zones
• age group differences
• family expectations
• different school Policies
• concentration span
Where to find connections
Some suggestions for developing personal
•Projects by jen
•Skype in the Classroom
Impact on student learning
● authentic audience
● realistic problem
● fascination and curiousity
● improved confidence
● learning to communicate beyond text
● desire to do their best and go that ‘extra mile’!
● reflection on outcome, looking for improvement
● reduced behavioural problems