Skype

One of my goals this year was to Skype with another class. I wanted to connect my students to other kids their age. We had the opportunity to Skype with two wonderful fourth grade classrooms.

The first class was from Ohio. We played a “Guess Where We Are From” game that the kids really enjoyed! We each gave clues to help the other class figure out where we were from. After we figured out where the other class was located we had a chance to ask some questions and learn about our different communities.

The second class was from Arizona. They are doing a “Skype Across America” project to help them with their study of US History. We got to represent Virginia! The students loved sharing about our state – places to visit, cool facts, etc. Now my students want to do a similar project next year when we study American History. We study the 8 Physical Regions of North America, and I think it would be awesome to Skype with classes in each region to describe what it’s like! So I may be calling on some volunteers when I start planning this summer! Let me know if you are interested in Skyping with us!

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Blogging

So I finally started my blogging project with my class last month!  I’ve been wanting to try out blogging with my students since last year, but wanted some time to explore and learn more.  I set the project up to be rather open-ended.  Students are required to post at least once per week. They may choose any topic that is important or interesting to them.  On occasion, I assign a specific topic.  My main goal is that they are writing about something of interest and writing for an audience.

Overall, the students love to blog!  They enjoy writing, reading other blogs and getting comments.  I’m particularly excited because I am looping with this group.  I’m hoping to continue the blogs through the summer and into next year.  It’s another great way to build our learning community and utilize the technology standards (typing, internet use, online safety).  My next step is to get the students connected with some other kids to read and comment on their blogs.  I’m pleased with the progress so far and can’t wait to see how their writing progresses!

Check out our class homepage here.  Student blogs are linked on the left.

Any comments on how you use blogs in your classroom are appreciated or if you’d like to connect our classes!