Lisa Wilson at Harston Primary School has spawned simple, yet effective collaborative activities that have engaged students in meaningful educational activities across partnering schools. Some of these activities are outlined below:
If students were to collaboratively read the story in class, why not connect up with other schools and read it all together? 14 schools with over 240 students registered to participate in this once off activity. National Simultaneous Storytime occurs every year across the nation. Classroom resources are produced and provided by the Australian Library and Information Association. The students engaged in the classroom activities and prepared for the videoconference session where a student from each school would read a section of the story across the virtual group. For more information visit: Too many elephants.
“Please find attached an invitation to bring your class virtually to Harston Primary and enjoy a game of Pictionary while we all learn how to use MS Lync early next term. At Harston, we are going to play as 2 classes. Each class will join the session from their classroom via a computer attached to an interactive whiteboard. This way, the students can ‘draw’ on the whiteboard rather than with the computer mouse. “ This flyer was distributed to schools by teacher Lisa Wilson.
Creativity creates greatness. Throughout Term 4 2015, 7 schools participated solving a maths challenge question each week and sharing their answer and how they arrived at their answer via Polycom video conferencing. Each Monday a new challenge would be created by one of the teachers from participating schools. Teams of students would then use the week to work on the solutions and share with other students via a one hour videoconferencing session on Friday morning.
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