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Seeds to Success with Skype

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Welcome to our presentation for the K12 online conference 2010 called Seeds to Success with Skype. My name is Jan Wells and I teach 4th grade in Kansas, Paula Naugle who teaches 4th grade in New Orleans and I our Skype buddies and we would like to tell you how that come about. During the summer of 2009 I was trying to find the way to connect my class with another class. I didn’t have Skype in mind in that time. I was just trying to find the connection. During Ning started by Jan Wagner in California I and Paula, we both had joined the group with in her Ning, called Skype buddies within days of each other. I added a discussion to that group explaining that I was looking for 4th grade class to connect with and Paula answered it. We chatted back and forth using the Ning discussion several times and then traded e-mail addresses. We decided to talk to each other on Skype to see how we could connect our classes. Unfortunately that Ning no longer exist but don’t worry there are other ways to find connections. Here are some ways to find the connections. All of these resources and more will be available to you on a googleside that we will share with you at the end of this presentation. Jan Wagner was hosting a collaborative project, called Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So Paula and I registered for the project and then brainstormed how we could use the Skype to participate We chose to do a call reading. We decided Paula’s class would read the left-hand pages of the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and my class would read the right-hand pages during the Skype call. Before the big day our classes did the practice Skype call to introduce themselves to each other. We lastly say everyone was a little shy at first then slowly got more comfortable in front of the camera. It was pretty well and a lot of us learned some things about some levels lighting in camera usage. But Paula’s is a portion of the video taken on the big day; the video would showed by a student in Paula’s class using a flip camera, and therefore it was a little jumpy. And we had an audio gulch and we were proud of our first afford. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs But it never rained rain and it never snowed snow and it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and juice. It snowed things like mashed potatoes. And sometimes the wind blew in storms of hamburgers. The people could watch the weather in the morning.

Video Details

Duration: 15 minutes and 52 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jan Wells and Paula Naugle
Director: Jan Wells and Paula Naugle
Views: 600
Posted by: k12online on Oct 11, 2010

Paula and Jan, 4th grade teachers from Louisiana and Kansas, share their lessons learned, experiences, and celebrations as Skype buddies. Included are ways to find other classes to connect with and how to find projects to get started.

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