Have you ever wondered what life was like outside of your hometown? None of my multimedia students have traveled outside of the US and most have travel experience limited to the southern states.
How can you travel the world in a US high school? One class at a time:)
During December, Sue Water’s wrote a post on connecting classrooms through Skype. I eagerly signed up even though I wasn’t sure if we could connect via Skype due to current blocking by smartfilter. I even purchased an iphone over the holidays to be used as an alternative. You can imagine my surprise after the holidays when I discovered that Twitter had been unblocked. I quickly contact one teacher I had corresponded with about the alternative to Skype. The celebration was short lived as Twitter only remained unblocked for about a week:)
Thank goodness I signed up for comment responses to be email to me! Ann Michaelsen contacted me January 21st through Sue’s original skype post. She had difficulty using Skype due to time differences. We both corresponded on various ideas. Ann’s students in Norway are working on English in Social Studies. They were ahead of us with blogging which served as great examples for my students.
All my multimedia students now have blogs and wrote their first post, welcome message, Monday. We are working on a photography unit, and the students are excited about adding some of their own photos to their hometown post. Ann’s students are also writing a hometown post this week.
Due to internet filtering, we are having difficulty correctly seeing Ann’s blog as well as her students. Our parish unblocked the site, but their is a hang-up with the theme or something. They are working on it, but it won’t slow us down. Starting today, my iphone will be used for students to post comments on the Norway students’ blogs. Many of my students have already stopped by this morning to show me the pictures they took to add to their own hometown post.
It is so exciting seeing the students really light up about this opportunity. I hope you will stop by to visit their newly created blogs. You can access them by following the tab, student blogs. Their hometown posts will vary according to their likes and hobbies. My students are showing our hometown “Through Their Eyes.” If it is someone that enjoys the outdoors, then you will probably learn about out trees, hunting, etc.
I am so excited to the world being opened to us through web 2.0:)