Are you interested in connecting globally with your class?
Maybe you want to connect with other teachers around the world.
Every year, there is an online conference for global education. It is actually on at the moment. Now I am retired, I offer each year to be a moderator and help with setting up and closing the sessions.
One I went to last night was by Rob Martin, a Social Studies teacher at the American international School in Chennai, India. He was speaking about “Out of Eden” project where students from various countries get together and follow Paul Salopek and his walk around the world.
Rob’s talk will be archived on the Global Education Conference website but here are some links to information from his session.
One session that will be interesting is at 11pm tonight with Anne Mirtschin from Hawkesdale College in Victoria. Anne does a lot of skyping with classes around the world. Click on the title of her session and it will open up further. Then click on the session link with sas.elluminate in it.
Hope to see some of you in there tonight or at one of the other sessions during this conference.
You need to create a powerpoint as part of a parent session. You have lots of images of students doing activities in the classroom and on excursions. You have found a fantastic piece of music (creative commons as you will be playing to an audience) and you want it playing in the background of your powerpoint.
Find creative commons music and then save the piece of music to your own PC.
There is a great website called Kahoot. Have you ever used it? It allows you to create quizzes and game shows to use in class. Students just need the URL of the website and a number key you give them. They don’t have to sign up or join anything at all. They can use any device to play but they need to see the screen you have put the game on eg smartboard or whiteboard in front of the room.
Hope you all enjoyed your holiday break. As you might have realised, I headed to Denver, Colorado where I presented about the student blogging challenge I run twice a year. I am hoping your classes will take part in term 4 when the next challenge begins in October.
Have you written a post to begin your new term?
Maybe you have been brave and tried a new tool for the blog. Here is one I can suggest: Padlet
What is a padlet?
It is a blank page where you can easily drag and drop video, text, images, sound, documents. Check out this tour of padlet.
What else is great is that it is free and you have total control over the amount of privacy of your padlet. According to their terms of service, children under 13 cannot create their own free padlets.
To get around this, they have also created a teacher monthly, annual or school plan. You can opt for $5 per month or $45 per year for an individual teacher and then each child can create their own padlets connected via you.
Here is an example of a padlet and I would like you and your students to add your ideas to it.