The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.
As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.
At Christmas I set up a Skype call with a two classes, one from Barcelona and the other from Ontario, Canada. They asked each other questions and then finished by singing Xmas carols from their countries. It was snowing in Ontario at the time and they even showed us what was happening through the window. Fantastic for the kids!
Real-time assessment! Have just watched how this kindergarden teacher uses plickers and it's much clearer now. What a great way to assess your students' knowledge or comprehension of a topic using one single device. Am sure students find it fun too but at the same time the teacher can round up answers to questions in a very short time. Instead of mobile devices, students need a plicker card each which can be kept during the entire school year. I could see using this in EFL classes too. Students can vote on correct answer anonymously and the teacher can see how many students are still having difficulties....
Just came across this and thought how great and simple the idea is. We don't do enough of this with our students. Look at how relaxed they all are, distributed in any which way around the classroom. Some even on the floor! Of course they are also learning through technology... Giving students the autonomy to discover what they want is key to motivating them in my opinion. Some great ideas!
A great add-on to put on your edmodo site. It's an app or online game which helps kids explore their decisions in the digital world. I played a round and think that it's quite catchy and motivating. Depending on the choices you make, the characters make different decisions and outcomes turn out for the better or for the worse...
szoter is easy to use, free, online image annotation tool. It makes expressing Your ideas and thoughts easy. It can be used to share Your ideas with friends, highlight important parts of images or even to create readable bug reports. You can use szoter, to manipulate images loaded from Your harddrive or downloaded directly from internet. Want more... annotate images captured with Your webcam or simply, take a screenshot of Your desktop. szoter is an online image annotation and sharing platform.
Similar to Thinglink but your students don't have to log on. Added bonus!
Design a QR Code 'Treasure Hunt' to get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn
I have created treasure hunts a few times with this tool, both for students and for my kid's birthday party. It's great!! You can create the questions you want and it creates the QR codes and an answer key at the end. A lot of fun!
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