Tech Task #6- Global Classroom
A few weeks ago Silvia Tolisano joined our ECMP 355 class to tell her story on creating a Global Classroom. I found it to be very interesting to open up your students perspective on the world. Two projects that she reflected on that stood out to me was Teddy Bears Around the World and Around the World with 80 Schools.
I think Teddy Bears Around the World is a great project as it allows students to write and read stories from around the World: from the perspective of a teddy bear, or from their perspective about the teddy bear. Students are encouraged to add photographs, videos or a podcast to their story to better the readers understanding. I think that students would love this project as it not only includes teddy bears, but it’s a great way to socialize with students from all around the World. No pressure or deadline is put on the project, so students don’t feel like it is something they have to do, but rather something they want to do. Teachers should love it as the students are sharing and learning from other students. It is also an easy way to get students involved with sharing, along with improving their web-awareness as they learn what blogs are, how to blog, and how to add images or videos to their online stories. Another plus is that it could be used in several subjects, from English to social studies!
Around the World in 80 Schools is a great challenge to teachers and their classrooms to interact online with other schools. It gives them a goal that they strive to achieve and can feel a sense of accomplishment once they connect with 80 schools. By using Skype, the students will get a visual of how they are talking to and are introduced to videoconferences. Overall, I think that Teddy Bears Around the World and Around the World in 80 Schools are two great projects that could be used to transform a regular classroom to a global classroom.