This post is part of the #peel21st December blog hop for the 2015-16 school year where educators all post to their blog the same night at the same time. The prompt for this blog hop: A Few of Our Favourite Things. Please check out the links below my post to hop on over to their blogs and read the stories. We all would love to hear your comments too!
As I started to write this post, I realized that narrowing my list down to five favourite things was going to be impossible. Since making connections around the world has been such a huge part of this year, I thought picking my top 5 ways I connect would be best.
A Few of my Favourite Things: Global Classroom Connection Theme (in no particular order)
1) Mystery Skype – This has been an amazing way to connect with classes from all around the world while linking to the grade 4 Social Studies curriculum. Learning about Canada and the rest of the world through a yes/no style game on Skype is definitely a favourite.
The tweet below is from a recent call.
2) Explore by the Seat of Your Pants (@EBTSOYP) is an organization that helps break down the walls of the classroom and connect classrooms with some very cool people. These calls are completed through a Google Hangout that gives a number of classes the opportunity to ask questions of the expert. The call is also live streamed and saved on Youtube for future watching.
We have participated in a number of calls this year with some amazing people. Here is one to give you an idea of the power of these connections.
3)Global Read Aloud (#GRA15)
Reading the same book as hundreds of other classes around the world at the same time, while getting the opportunity to interact with the author of the book is an amazing opportunity for the students. We discuss our thoughts on the story with classes near and far through Skype, Padlet, Twitter, and WriteAbout (blog); this is amazing way to complete a read aloud.
4) Making connections with organizations local and afar on Twitter
This year we have been very fortunate to have a number of organizations interact with our class through Twitter. A few of our most frequent interactions have been with (@ROMLearning, @TRCA_Outdoors, @ArtforKidsHub, and @Wonderopolis) [I apologize if I missed anyone :)]
@ROMLearning went above and beyond this year when they replied to our tweet asking about animal adaptations with 4 amazing video responses from the museum. The students can make a real-life connection before we go and visit The ROM in the Spring.
Some of our ROM interactions:
5)My amazing PLN on Twitter helping to extend my classes thinking
By posting our work on Twitter we have also had a number of educators help engage in part of our Math discussion; this is a great way to get a different perspective and really challenges my class.
Below is part of a discussion we had earlier this year around Subtraction strategies:
Thanks for sticking with me all the way to the end! I hope you enjoyed my five favourite things (in my classroom this year). As always if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them.
Please be sure to ‘hop’ over and read some of the amazing posts below too!