Thursday, 1 May 2014

eStudents Connecting and Creating

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e-Connections are Essential!!!!

Welcome again to a new goal, part of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators on tour, a new landing in the journey I am happy to be your Inspire Leader
So where in the world is the 30 goals landing once again? In Spain. 
I invite you to accomplish the following goal: ‘Connecting e-Teachers with e-Students’.

Accomplish This Goal

Find e-students and e-teachers in any part of the world interested in connected learning and teaching and join them together, set up an e-connection based on a common topic, such as Science, Reading, Writing, Storytelling, School Life, Podcasting and so forth, and link them with a video conference, or a hangout or an exchange of video messages, or creating an assignment that the peers at the other school can accomplish, so that they know each others’ needs and interests and they might begin networked e-projects.

How We Accomplished The Goal

My University students are developing e-projects about different Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Primary topics for two months. They are future Primary Bilingual Teachers willing to design motivating activities for CLIL Primary learners, but they need to know those learners’ likes and interests, so in order to foster that, we are setting up connections with Primary CLIL learners across Spain. As timetables for live hangouts do not match, they create the visual prompts both in the face-to-face two-hour sessions and through Internet.

The way to do it is easy: they design video clips/podcasts/animations/quizzes, etc., asking learners how they would like an-project of the kind they are building, so they also become active part of it. They share their one-lesson outcomes across social networks and ask for help; they find bunches of Primary CLIL learners willing to collaborate with their own teachers and the connection just happens.

Here you are some of the prompts my future e-teachers have been creating as well as some of the answers received so far by learners at the school of @blogmaniacos, @capileiratic,  @javiramossancha, @gracielasd and @julisanzmamolar. We are still working together, networked, connected; future e-teachers get the chance to know e-students better and e-students get the chance of taking part in nationwide e-projects in return, extending their learning towards e-learning, from a different perspective to the one they are gaining in their own face-to-face lessons everyday, with the added value of being guided through their learning by various teachers, in various fields.


This is also worth it for the peer teachers, too, who widen their connections with colleagues and enrich their way of approaching their teaching, as collaborative work is always more rewarding than individual work.

We also had the great chance to be at the 7th Vritual Round Table co-presenting our outcomes, and so e-connecting with a wide range of e-teachers worldwide. We truly thank @ShellTerrell for that.

Resources

A wide range of the tools, apps and resources used to accomplish this goal have now been compiled in various lists at our Listly.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed your stay.

Find out more about The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators at 30Goals.com and join our 30 Goals Facebook community!

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I can say I am acomplishing that goal this year particulary. My students and I have been involved in 2 online projects one on etwinning - TwinSpace - Let's be friends - students get to know each other better, talk about jobs and future jobs. And other on Google+ communities where students chat and collaborate. :)

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    1. Great, Marijana, thanks a bunch for accomplishing the goal and letting us know about it!

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