Skype HypeSubmitted By: Kathryn Hardy
My Students: Our students are growing up surrounded by technology and are truly digital natives. However, not all students have the opportunity to utilize technology in the educational realm. Our goal as a school is to teach students how to use technology in the most productive way to encourage a love of learning and inspire them to pursue their passions. Every one of our students has different interests, and we, as teachers, love to find interesting ways to engage and encourage them while still supporting their learning.
My Project: Our project will incorporate technology resources including Education.Microsoft.com and Skype in the Classroom to connect with classrooms across the country. Our hope is that each class can give and receive information about their state to show their knowledge and what they’ve learned. For example: A student may come up with the fact, “Our state was once its own country,” while the students in the other class use the clues to try to guess our state. There are also virtual field trips available where teachers can coordinate with experts in many fields, so that classes and professionals can interact to discuss topics of study. My goal is for students to use what they’ve learned from their virtual meetings to create products that showcase what they’ve learned, whether that be an expository writing piece, a video explanation, or a digital book with key points and illustrations. Students can also use the webcams, as well as the Kindle, to upload their learning portfolio to SeeSaw.com. This site allows students to post pictures of their work to their class’ page, while requiring teacher approval and only allowing each parent to see their own child’s work. This is a fantastic way for students to showcase the growth they’ve made and the hard work they are putting in each and every day.
My Students Need: Our students need web cams and a Kindle Fire so they can interact with classrooms across the country, be accountable for their online learning portfolio, and participate in interactive virtual field trips. We will use Discovery Education and Skype for the classroom to participate in field trips and interviews that may not be possible within the average classroom setting. We will also use SeeSaw as a platform for students to showcase their work.