In another part of a series of Info-flyers, I have added the “Getting Started with Skype” flyer.
The guide encompasses step-by-step help from Skype projects, preparing your students for a Skype call, transforming a Skype call into a Learning call to student job responsibilities before, during and after the actual call.
We have come full circle as globalization quickly becomes the norm, and it may now be essential for our students to compete with peers from around the world. Today, we can restore the dignity and integrity of the child as a contributor. Across the country, pioneering teachers are providing students with new roles that have students making contributions to their learning communities. We have powerful, easy-to-use tools such as screencasting and podcasting that give students opportunities to contribute content to the class. At the same time we can also provide them with rigorous and more motivating assignments and better prepare them to become more productive in our new global economy.
You can read the following posts on this blog where I shared thoughts and examples of students as contributors:
Fourth graders had a blast with a “Mystery Skype”. Two classes connected without knowing WHERE each one was geographically located. The idea was, by asking targeted questions, to find out the city we each lived in.
This mystery-type-call was a lot of fun and reinforced critical thinking skills as well as collaboration, communication and geography skills!
We stated the rules at the beginning of the call:
One class starts asking a question to determine the geographic location of the other class.
Questions can only be answered with “Yes” or “No”.
If the class who asked receives a “Yes” answer, they continue to ask another question until they receive a “No”. It will be the other class’s turn then to ask a question.
On our end, we gave students different jobs to help figure the location out.
Q & A: students were in the “hot seat” asking and answering questions in front of the webcam
Scribe: Student who wrote the clues we received on the board to keep track of positive and negative responses
Researchers: Students were ready and waiting with Google Maps open on their computer or with an atlas to take the clues received and narrow the search down and to feed information to the Q&A speakers.
We had a blast trying to figure each other’s location out and learned that we need to learn to ask good questions that will narrow possible answers down. We also learned that we all need to work together (Q&A, researchers and scribe) and communicate in order to solve the mystery of our Skype connection’s location. Here are some of the clues we figured out: Our skype mystery connection lives:
in the USA
where it is cold right now
in the North of the USA
does not live in North Dakota
about an hour from Detroit
close to a lake
in a small town
We needed some help to continue finding their exact location: We received the following clues:
they are close to the border with Ohio
the first part of their city’s name is a “baby sheep”
Our mystery class was from Lambertville, Michigan!
Please join me for “Skype Around the World” tomorrow, Saturday, July 31st at 15:00 EST. Click on the link below to enter the Elluminate session. I am looking forward to sharing the Around The World With 80 Schools Project with conference attendees.
Students from Jacksonville, Florida/USA and Binyamina, Israel recently celebrated Jerusalem Day together. A true opportunity to share Language, Culture & History via Skype.
A grandfather in Israel shared his memories of the Six Day War (1967) of liberating Jerusalem. The Rabbi from Florida explained what Jerusalem means to Jews outside of Israel. Students sang songs, played instruments and practiced English and Hebrew.
In this video, we show you a little bit what is happening behind the curtains of the actual Skype call. Students are discussing some of the Skype jobs they take on during a connection as well as debriefing after the call.