Beginning…

connect globally learn locally            “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”  ― Graham Greene

 

One day I sent out an email asking for willing third grade teachers to be part of a year long collaborative distance learning venture.  Several teachers answered from around Central Texas and around Pennsylvania.  I posted it last week in two other places that may draw some attention so we may broaden the geography as time goes along.  Meanwhile there are 9 teams ready to go.  They are in the   process of making first connections via email and then we’ll set up some video conference connections so that the teachers are comfortable with the process before their students are in the classroom.

Some of the suggested activities are a variation of Monster Match for descriptive writing, GEOchasers for geography and writing, debates and sharing an adventure with the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.  The teachers will plan more as the year progresses and natural sharing opportunities arise.  If you have been part of a collaboration project using videoconferencing for all or part of the time, please let us know in the comments.

We are planning to use a mixture of desktop video conference solutions so that the classes can connect from a computer, tablet or smartphone.  The goal is to make the technology fade into the background while communication and learning take center stage.

I hope some of you will join in the conversation as our year moves forward.  Your insights and ideas will be welcome.