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15 Interesting Ways* to use Web Conferencing in the Classroom *and tips Slim Shady. by @chrisThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
Top tips for Successful Web-ConferencingAdd your tips here • Have a test call in advance of the actual conference. • Decide on one adult to chair the conference. • Take turns and try not to interupt. • Try to keep your class quiet while others are speaking. • Have a microphone that can be passed around or make it easy for kids to come up and speak to a microphone. • Think about lighting and sound levels. • If bandwidth is an issue, try to limit movement to preserve video quality.
#1 - Connect to your class to thebroadcast from an education eventThere are many free tools for organisers of, or participants at,an event to use to broadcast live from a session or the floor.Flashmeeting, Glow Meet, and live stream on Twitcam can allbe run using a basic webcam attached to a notebook, and awired or wifi connection.If you know the educationist who is broadcasting, considerletting your class follow a session and encourage them to giveyou text-based questions for the presenters, which you canthen send by one of a variety of methods, such as email,Twitter or text chat. @parslad
#2 - Have an expert visit your classroom. I teach band and choir and it is challenging and expensive to find specialists to visit the classroom. However, with video conferencing I am able to give that bassoon player a lesson. I can also have leading conductors listen in to rehearsals and offer tips directly to the students. I am sure the same technique can be used for any discipline.@brandtschneiderhttp://brandtschneider.blogspot.com
#3 - Contact an author or a poetUse skype or videoconferencing to have a meeting with anauthor or a poet, to interact with the pupils and to sharestories with.Some authors in the UK are willing to Skype into a class,as it doesnt involve travelling or much disruption. See thislink for authors in the US who are willing to do this withclasses:http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/See this site to contact UK authors, where you could askabout the possibility of videoconferencing:http://www.contactanauthor.co.uk/
#4 - Use Skype to connect with other schools around the world - as part of a larger event or just to share book choices, differences in education etc. Encourage students to read aloud to peers in other countries.The world seems smaller now - make the most of it! Author events are expensive - share with schools you are in contact with by having a video conference.Bev HumphreyLibwithattitudewww.writepath.ning.com
#5 - Use Video Conferencing to support transition work between primary and secondary schools. Setup a conference allowing the present year 6s to chat with last years year 6s. An excellent way of putting worried minds at ease!Chris Thomas@cthomas18www.iprimary.co.uk(See a video tutorial onFlashMeeting at this site)
#6 Santa-Chat• Find a suitably jolly and willing volunteer.• Volunteer sets themselves up with a webcam in front of an appropriately snowy projected background dressed as Santa.• Conduct the web conference as if Live from Lapland.• Involve an elf (or elves) if possible.• Ensure that Santa is well briefed in matters such as reindeer names and diet and knows how to deal with houses with only gas fires, caravans etc. (Santa needs to think on his feet!)• If possible, situate Santa in an air conditioned room. (VCs can be sweaty and potentially stressful without the added difficulties of full beard and suit).• Include plenty of Christmas joy!Dughall McCormick@dughall Image courtesy of Powi through Flickr Creative Commons Attribution
#7 Story telling• Find a willing volunteer with story reading or telling experience.• Discuss in advance the story to be shared.• Conduct the conference - the story reader/teller could be in costume and could share illustrations if a book is used.• Use the conference as a stimulus for some drama and/or other cross curricular work.• Hold another conference and allow the children to share their drama, tell their stories (etc) back to the story teller.Dughall McCormick@dughall
#8 Web conference as part of a bookdayIn conjunction with other schools, hold a conference at thebeginning of the day for children to share their favourite booksand stories.Through the day, use other collaborative tools such ashttp://etherpad.com/ and online forums to create collaborativestories.Hold another conference mid-way through and/or at the end ofthe day to share and see how things are going.Dughall McCormick@dughall
#9 Have a conference with a museumYou can have a free VC with a miner from theNational Coal Mining Museumhttp://www.ncm.org.uk/displaypage.asp?id=129The National Space Centre also provides a VCservice that can be part of a Space Mission project.http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/Page.aspx/83/VIDEO_CONFERENCING/Dughall McCormick@dughall
#10 Have a conference with a historicalcharacter.• Find a willing volunteer.• Prepare questions for the character with children.• Share the questions with the character.• Volunteer appears in role on VC and answers the questions.Dughall McCormick@dughall
#11 Have a conference as part of arole-play day.See #9 for a Space Mission idea.A similar thing can be done as part of a day in which students are in aNewsroom.Students are given roles such as: photographers/video, web-team, newspaper,editor, sound recorders etc.The day is based on A Day at the (Olympic) Games.The day starts with a VC from The Man at the Games. He outlines their roles andthe broad outline for the day issuing tasks via a learning platform.Through the day, the students conduct interviews with sports stars, take video ofevents, produce a website and a newspaper.Beware! Periodically, The Man at the Games will interupt procedings via VC withbreaking news such as drugs scandals, results of events, fog interupting afootball match etc! Dughall McCormick @dughall
#12 - Make the conference just a part of the learning experienceUse email, forums, voicethread etc to share similarities anddifferences. These tools give children opportunities to makeone to one contact and real friends.Paul GreenwoodNorthwood Schoolhttp://northwoodweb.com/Yr5/
#13 - Conference with university students • Connect with (former?) students at university to pass along advice, challenges, and to offer encouragement. • Connect with university clubs/organizations that support curriculum objectives. • Connect with university students that can act as role models for underrepresented students. John Miller @room162 mrmillersblog.com
#14 - Host your school assemblyonline• Instead of having a weekly assembly in your school hall, why not host it online ?• Have students prepare slides and take on the speaking roles.• Use photos and videos to illustrate the learning or special acitivites that occured at school that week.• ParentsFriends who couldnt normally make it to school can log in and watch the assembly and if its recorded, watch at a time that suits them.• Watch an example Scott Duncan @sduncan0101 http://mrduncan.globalte acher.org.au/
#15 - Skype Across America:Long-term Projects• Our 4th and 5th graders from Arizona decided to Skype all 50 states rather than prepare traditional reports.• Heres what weve learned form this new method: o New vocabulary, like combines and tailgating o Interesting sites, like Mud Island in Tennessee (a wading- size model of the Mississippi River) o Airy facts: 4 of the 8 states we visited this week had major connections to the beginnings of flight and space o Diversity: all-boys schools, ELL students, dialects o Time zones and elapsed time o Familiarity with videoconferencing - How many adults use this in careers now? What about in 10 years?• For more information, visit http://bit.ly/SkypeUS or @ascensiontucson
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