Hi. Welcome to Classroom 2.0 I am starting a new program at my school called "Beyond the Classroom" and I hope you will be a part of it. My Goal: connect my students in Brandon, South Dakota, USA to other students around the world to learn about school and life in other countries. I want to connect with five different places around the world and correspond via my blog to learn about culture and life in our respective places. I teach 6th grade (11-12 year olds) but the subject and age doesn’t matter. I have done this in the past with places like Turkey, Scotland, and Brazil. There are many things we can do with this to make it a very enriching experience. If you are willing to be a part of this, we will talk about the details at that point. My school year starts August 22, 2011. Visit my blog to learn a little bit about me and my teaching. http://waterforsixthgrade.blogspot.com
My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'e-learning and online teaching' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win a competition for startup funding on ideablob.com. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
The kids im using this with have poor literacy and numeracy skills due to learning disorders, so by using the nintendo's ive simply been able to engage them so that they can work to improve their skills. However i have just used the live chat feature on the DS to assess reflections on their participation within a community project. Now the cooking game has arrived will pass this onto the Home Economics teacher who will integrate it within her home eco classes. There are also plenty of other games , even those not sole intent for education that you could use. Imagine learning how to handle money and buy goods in a game that required you to collect money? What about writing the follow on script for a second game or the speech from characters within the games. You could have students do all sorts of things based on the scenarios within any game. Just have to think outside the square, thats all ive done and the kids are responding.