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Mike Artell Visit

Mike Artell paid a visit to the DreamExtreme classroom, but he did it without leaving his home. This is a short documentary on the Skype session our class he...
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I chose to curate a specific instance of the education department using Skype in an effective, creative way.  Mike Artell, an author and artist, skyped into a classroom to teach them about how he writes, and gave them a real-time demonstration of how to illustrate cartoons humorously.  Connection and collaboration between professionals and students in any school is possible with Skype  Mr. Artell taugh students to draw pictures of the word within the word using the application called Paint on his computer.  I think bringing in experts through Skype is an effective way to open up the students imaginations and teach them new skills they would never have been able to do before.    

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5 Great Tools to Make Global Classroom Connections

5 Great Tools to Make Global Classroom Connections | Why High School Should Start Later and Elementary School Should Start Earlier and Skyping in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Create a global classroom with these 5 brilliant tech tools for teachers to connect and collaborate with other educators and students around the world.
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This website outlines a list of five different collaborations that will help educators use technology (particularly video conferencing) as a tool to reach out to other students in a constructive, creative manner.    Basically, these are social networking collaborations equilavent to Facebook or Twitter but for video conferencing, which is interesting because I have never heard of anything like this before.  I foresee these social networking websites, such as Read Around the Planet. iEarn, and the Global Education Conference to become a staple in classrooms around the world someday.

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Skype in the Classroom connects classes in California, South Korea and Canada - YouTube

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I love how I got to see examples of children in America sharing poetry about Earth day to children in Canada, and vise versa.  I noticed that the one student speaking would sit in a chair closest to the computer so that the focus would be entirely on the student.  I found that using one computer to Skype per group of about five children  to skype with another group of five childen was an effective method to help the students become more personal with the students they are Skyping with.  They could ask questions about how their schools run differently, what kinds of school events they have, or how the environment is different from basically any country they want- I believe that this will ultimately shape Americans students into a more culturally well-rounded student.

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Montgomery’s proposal to start high school later makes good sense

Montgomery’s proposal to start high school later makes good sense | Why High School Should Start Later and Elementary School Should Start Earlier and Skyping in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Montgomery’s proposal to start high school later in the day makes good sense.
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I chose to Scoop this article because it is extremely relevent to the area we live in- Montgomery County schools.  This is a Washington Post "Opinion" article containing facts about the specific changes that are proposed by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr.  I found this article to be extremely helpful because it touches on a subject that I had not seen before- the cost of changing the high school start times. The cost of changing high school start times would be expensive but it would fit in the Montgomery County School System's budget.  Also, I found it interesting that instead of making elementary school start earlier, they are proposing to extend their day by thirty minutes.  I do not agree with this proposal because I think that children only have a certain amount of capability of holding their attention span for a limited amount of time, and adding 30 minutes to their day would cause too much stress and exhaustion.

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Later School Start: Highlight from How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health

Fighting the Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health (Full Video: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/forum/sleep-deprivation-fighting-the-clo...
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I thought this video would be very reliable because speakers from Harvard Medical School specializing in sleep deprivation expressed their beliefs on the medical aspect of why teens need more sleep and why the start time of high school is too early for the changing circardian rhythms in teens.  This video backs up my point even further by using scientific evidence.  Health is just one aspect of why high school should start later, and I believe that this video made an effective point and sparks a need for change!

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Mystery Skype - NBC CT - Jason Milde - @Jason_Milde

Mystery Skype - NBC CT - Jason Milde - @Jason_Milde | Why High School Should Start Later and Elementary School Should Start Earlier and Skyping in the Classroom | Scoop.it
NBC CT came to my classroom to see Ms. Fitz and I conduct a Mystery Skype with a classroom somewhere in the world... @Jason_Milde @MsFitzWMS
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Mystery Skype is an extremely innovative  extra- curricular activity that is classified as a game, but the interesting part is that the students do not even realize they are learning the most important 21st century skills.  Students will Skype with students without knowing their location, and they ask each other questions about geography or history to narrow down and discover where they are from.  The students work in teams and use computers to research where the students on the other end of Skype could possibly be from right after their question is answered. Though it is a game, the students are having so much fun while using practicing and developing skills that are extremely valued in the 21st century, such as working in groups, using the internet to research, and interacting with students from different cultures.  I believe that Mystery Skype should become an activity for all history classes in elementary, middle, and high schools, not just an extra curricular activity.

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50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I found this extensive list broken down into Promoting Education, Promoting Community, and Skype Ideas for Teachers and Parents, Resources for getting started with Skype, and Finding Others Using Skype,  to be extremely helpful for a teacher who is new to using Skype in their classroom.  I found that the real, specific success stories of teachers using Skype in their classroom for a particular project, learning a different language, or communicating with famous authors will give teachers great ideas of how to use skype in their classroom.  Skype also fosters inclusion- I found the story of including a student with leukemia into the classroom via Skype to be moving and hopeful.  I learned that skype can also be used for performances, field trips, and even for teachers to communicate with other teachers, not just students.  This is one of the best sites I found as a source for innovative uses for Skype.

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Myths and Misconceptions

Myths and Misconceptions | Why High School Should Start Later and Elementary School Should Start Earlier and Skyping in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Common Myths Associated with Starting Schools Later
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School Start Later is an organization who has received thousands and thousands of signatures from parents all across America.  The myths and misconceptions brought up in this article are very realistic and are questions that my parents, teachers, peers, and I  would even ask to challenge if starting high school times really is a good idea.  However, every myth and misconception is refuted using reliable statistics and examples from real school districts in America.  One of the best myths that was refuted was the misconception that students will go to bed later if school starts later.  Though it is difficult to generalize this, there was extensive research done about this issue at the U of Minnesota and found that this was generally not true. Also, this article brings up a new point that I have not seen before: The dangers of starting school before the sun comes up.  There are many examples of cases of children who are hit by automobiles or sexually assualted while they walk to school or wait for the busstop in the dark.  I agree that this is a serious issue and can be fixed and protect the safety of students by starting school at a later time when the sun is up.

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Eight Major Obstacles to Delaying School Start Times

The following are eight major obstacles to changing school start times:
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I thought it would be important to be informed about the counterargument for delaying school start times.  It is true that policy makers must take into account how delaying school start times for high schoolers will affect elementary and middle schoolers.  Elementary schoolers go to bed early as it is, but waking up earlier will cause them to go to bed even earlier, and with parent work schedules, sometimes this might not be possible.  In my opinion, I believe that elementary schoolers are awake earlier anyways, so starting elementary school time earlier in the morning should not effect them too much.  Plus, elementary schoolers need less sleep than teenagers.    Another interesting obstacle this article brought up was an "uneducated community". I find truth in this argument because knowledge is power.   I like how this article also give tips and solutions to overcoming these obstacles so that a later start time for high school does become possible.

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Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times

Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times | Why High School Should Start Later and Elementary School Should Start Earlier and Skyping in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Half of high schools have start times before 8 a.m., according to a poll by NPR and partners.
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I listened to this interesting, very truthful (in my opinion) segment on NPR news.  This is ironic because I used to sit half- asleep like a zombie listening to NPR news while my dad drove me to school before the sun even came up on some days. Coming from a high schooler who woke up at 6am everyday in order to leave for school at 7am for the morning bell at 7:25am, I am a strong believer in the need for change.  I learned about the serious problems that early high school start times can cause- such as drowsy driving. A city in Kentucky has already made high school starting time start one hour later, and they found that accidents related to drowsy driving  went down by 16%.

 

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