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Students collaborate with students in Connecticut via Google Hangout
Students from Cristina Howell’s fifth grade class at Phillips Elementary School recently had an opportunity to discuss Alaskan sled races with students from Bethlehem, CT. . . without ever leaving their classroom. Google Hangout allows teachers and their students to video chat with other teachers and classes from anywhere in the world.
The class from Connecticut researched and created a presentation on Google slides on different musher teams that were scheduled to run the Iditarod in Alaska. They shared the presentation with Howell’s class. Students from Hampton took notes and students from Connecticut made the closing arguments for their teams. After discussion, the students from Hampton voted on which team they thought would be the strongest competitor. Each student went to the camera, said their name and their vote, while the teachers made tally marks. The students cheered for the winning team.
“Students really enjoy "meeting" others from different schools, in different regions,” said Howell. “It is amazing to watch the students make connections, work in teams, and use technology for on the spot research and fact finding.”
David Hotler, a curriculum instructional technology teacher for the Division, has been working with teachers to introduce Google Plus and Google Hangout. “Each student has their own role during the hangout and is responsible for an element of the activity,” said Hotler. Some students use iPads and search Google Maps and others are designated speakers.
Howell said she has several similar Google Hangout activities scheduled for the remainder of the year. She plans to have a geography lesson and a book chat. In addition, a middle school question and answer session is scheduled to ease anxiety for the rising fifth graders.
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