#6 – Communication
Using Skype in the classroom has many benefits. Using skype allowed me to ccollaborate with another teacher within my school on a collaborative project we were working
on. Our project was to create a collaborative, cross-curricular activity for students to complete during and after a field-trip to a local museum. Being able to talk online we could both work on a shared document, access the museum website and discuss what I had observed at a recent visit.
I plan on setting up a skype call with an author of a book we are reading in class. I have communicated with the author in the past, when I first read the book. I expressed to him how much I thought my students could relate to the story and make connections with their own lives. He was very responsive and I am hoping that I can get the event coordinated.
Using online communication tools can allow students to participate from home if necessary, allow teachers to collaborate with other educators, near and far, and finally allow for opportunities to talk with guest speakers who would not otherwise be accessible.
Best Practice (CITW): Cooperative Learning -Promotes positive interdependence and individual accountability, Small group sizes (2-5), Consistent and systematic use. Ways to Collaborate: Presentations, Communication, Web Conferencing, Document creation/sharing, Meetings and Projects, Social Bookmarks, Personal Learning Networks, Visual Collaboration
ISTE Student Standards 6: Creative Communicator – Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
ISTE Student Standards 7: Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
ISTE Teacher Standards 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers: a. participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning b. exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others c. evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning d. contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community