Enthusiasm and Time = Innovation
One of the impressive things I have consistently seen over my 24 years in education is the willingness of teachers to give up their own, personal time, to improve their professional capacity, skills and understanding. It has been a delight to see that teachers are the same all over the world - passionate, inquisitive and willing to learn. Indonesia is no different to New Zealand or India in that regard.
During May our team of awesome educators took the lead in a Virtual Learning seminar. Here is the summary of ideas for your use in classroom:
4. We did a comparison of Skype and Google Hangouts. They both have their strengths and limitations. The education community built around Skype since Microsoft bought it is really phenomenal. It is well supported and slick in its presentation with leadership from a senior VP in the education arm of Microsoft. Google Hangouts has a strong grass-roots movement and you can grab some of the resources we used in this shared folder. If you are interested in seeing the full presentation and accessing all the related resources, you can access the slide-deck here.
Engaging with others - how do we practice a Mystery Skype that is live, collaborative and assessable?
5. To ensure teachers are familiar with the concept and also the process of a Mystery Skype or Mystery Hangout, we did one! Each group of 4 to 6 teachers had a "Virtual Learning Cards - Mystery Skype Simulation" (you can access my template by clicking the link) that was different to each other. Each group connected to another group with Skype. They proceeded to ask YES/NO questions to find out where the other group was located - country and city - then they shared cultural and geographic information (this was provided to them on the Virtual Learning Card). How did we know they were making progress? How did we make it live, collaborative and assessable? I'm glad you asked...
6. To ensure a Mystery Skype is making progress and the students are doing something assessable, we shared a live Google Document (and it was broadcast on the big screen for all to see). You can access the template here, and give each group access to the document for completion during the Skype, not after. This is where Google Apps for Education are fantastic. Microsoft 360 accounts could be used and a shared OneNote file or Doc could be used in the same way. Educators and students can get the online versions for free.
7. At the end of the session, I played Kahoot with the teachers. This live gameshow activity is free and engaging. A healthy sense of competition was evidence and the teachers celebrated their ability to spot the key features and uses of Hangouts and Skype in the classroom. Teachers can access their own account for free here and see over 7 million quizzes already made and ready for duplication.
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