There are many ways to connect your classroom with other classrooms and people who can help your students to learn. Here some of my favourite ways to connect and resources to help you use them effectively in your classroom.
- Download Skype for your computer or an app for your device
- Check Skype for Educators to find other teachers/classes/experts to connect with via Skype.
- Skype an Author (scroll down for the picture book authors)
- Mystery Number Skype for six-year-olds
- Google Hangouts is also a great option for video conferencing. Check out the Connected Classrooms community on Google+
- My Top Choices for Hosting Student Blogs: Edublogs, Kidblog and Easyblog (Check this table made by workshop participants comparing these three hosts.)
- Primary Blog Examples Sorted by Blog Host (if you’re looking for inspiration)
- Blogs as digital portfolios–check my students blogs (links on right)
- Parental Permission–form my school division uses
- Show parents examples of what you want to do
- Offer options such as no images, pseudonyms
- Blogging in primary classroom with only one iPad using Easyblog (see promo video and app)
- The top 42 Widgets to Add to Your Sidebar
- Sign up for Twitter
- Twitter FAQ – Introduction to what Twitter is about
- Twitter Checklist – A list of steps to help you learn how to make the most of Twitter.
- Who should your class follow?
- What should my class tweet about?
- Class events
- Use hashtags (#) to tweet about a specific topic with other classes Ex. #SaystheGBMan
- Back channeling- Use Twitter as a back channel using a selected hashtag (#)
- Check out the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge. There is one for each grade level.
- Tweet your favourite author! Check this list to see whether he/she tweets.