Jules Says . . .
My colleague, Beth Holland (also one of our edTech stars) sent me a link to an article in The Guardian that ties in with our upcoming webinar for EdTechTeacher. (Join us if you can on January 25, 7:00 p.m. EST!) Titled “Five ways eTwinning can transform students, teachers and schools,” the article invites teachers to join a global community of learners.
At first I didn’t get it. What is eTwinning? And how can it transform your teaching? Here’s the deal. eTwinning is a program managed by the British Council in the UK. Designed for teachers in Europe, eTwinning offers a way to connect with like-minded professionals and collaborate on projects. According to the article, eTwinning can boost student engagement and achievement; improve student motivation; provide excellent training opportunities; foster a wider school community; and broaden students’ horizons. Click here for free access to educators from over 40 countries.
Ah, but you are not teaching in Europe, you say. Here’s another idea: Skype in the Classroom. On their homepage you can choose from three different activities: Play Mystery Skype, Talk with a Guest Speaker, and Take a Virtual Field Trip. According to Time Magazine Online, teachers are creating innovative ways to connect their students to others all over the world. Take Amy Rosenstein, for example, a third-grade teacher in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Ms. Rosenstein has arranged for her students to learn about culture and geography by connecting them to interviewees in Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Kenya, Brazil, England, Albania, Albania, and more.
How can you take advantage of these tools for global education? Write to us and let us know about your project, and the big “a-ha’s” for you and your students!
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