Today in ICT we had a link up with students and Mrs Leo from Jackson, Boston USA. In the virtual classroom known as blackboard collaboration, we also had a student teacher from Canada and two people from Japan. Hawkesdale College is a small country town but with the worldwide web we are still able to access and participate in global activities. Today was an example of this.
My ICT class all had to talk about a photo which thy choose. I talked about Hawkesdale, the Hawkesdale Hotel and the Hawkesdale fire truck. At first I was a bit nervous but once I started talking I was alright. It’s a weird feeling knowing that students and teachers in three different countries plus my own peers were listening to what I had to say. As I was talking students would write questions in the chat and I would try to answer them if I could.
I enjoy doing link-ups like this one as it is a easy way to learn about other cultures. They say there is no better way to learn than to learn from your peers. Using a virtual classroom and talking to students in other countries is more interesting and more valuable then any textbook.
The dots and faces on the worldmap picture below shows where students in the virtual classroom were from.
Today in our ICT class we linked-up with a teacher Mrs. Leo and two students Oshika and Olivia. They were from Jackson school in Boston, USA. Using photos and talking to use they gave us a tour of their school. I learnt that at their school they learn Spanish and when your a 5th grader or a 6th grader you learn Latin. They have a smartboard in every room the same as my school, Hawkesdale College. Their school starts at Kindergarten and goes to 6th grade. Using a virtual classroom is a great way to communicate with other students from around the globe and is also great for learning about other countries and their culture. There is no better way to learn then to learn from another student.
This is a screen shot during our link-up. We were asked to draw our favourite item of technology.
Today we did a link-up with a school in Boston. They were on holidays so there were only 2 students and a teacher online talking to us. They all had a webcam and talked to us. I had to answer most of the questions on my mic.
Who was in your classroom today? Mrs Leo, Will and Caitlin
What did you learn?
- I learnt that on the 4th of July they celebrate Independence Day which was the day they became independent from the British.
- They have a big parade with clowns, floats with stuff on them and horses with soldiers on them.
- They wear big hats and ballon hats.
- Where Will was from all the kids got dressed up and a fire truck would go down the street and look at them all.
- They also play a lot of Baseball on the 4th of July and in the spring and summer time.
- They have picnics and barbeques to celebrate. On teh 4th of July common food to eat was hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon.
What is the equivalent celebration in Australia? Australia Day
Your evaluation of the lesson – successful, challenges, problems, style of teaching. This was one link up that there wasn’t many problems or challenges. Some people couldn’t get on because the room was full but that was easily solved. My mic worked which sometimes we have a problem with but not this time! I really enjoy doing link-ups you learn so much but at the same time you’re having fun.