So a few weeks ago I blogged about the new Spotlight feature on Atomic Learning, one of which was a spotlight on Collaborating with a Global Community. After reviewing the information I got excited about applying this to my classroom.
One of the first things I did was to request that Skype not be blocked for our school. After a little negotiation with IT, it was decided that it could be unblocked for my teacher account.
I then went to Walmart and got a webcam for my teacher PC. I kind of splurged and got a really nice one for about $60.
The next thing I needed was someone for my students to Skype with, so I went on Twitter and sent out my request to the Twitter-sphere and within minutes I had a 4th grade classroom in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for my kids to work with.
The teacher and I collaborated on a few ideas and we came up with a great project based on some common teaching standards. And before we knew it our kids were using video chat to work on projects together.
- Brad Flickinger, tech teacher, Bethke Elementary School