Our Instructional Technology focus for May is Global Connections. A significant aspect of technology is how it has made the world a smaller place. It allows company employees to collaborate on projects from different places around the globe. It allows grandparents to see and talk with grandchildren thousands of miles away. Our students can have some of these same advantages. We have arranged several Skype and video conference sessions with authors, a student, and distance field trips. You can see the schedule below. We encourage you to join us using Skype for one of these or arrange your own Skype/video conference session for your class. You may even want to connect your students with students in another school to work on a project together. Embrace our May focus and Get Connected!
Facebook/Twitter Connections Challenge
You may have seen the posts on Twitter or Facebook. You know…the ones with someone holding a sign that says “My kids bet me I couldn't get 50,000 likes. Please like this picture.”
Here’s your challenge. As a school or a classroom, post something using a teacher’s Facebook or Twitter account that asks people to like/share the post. Track how many and the different locations of the various people that like/share your post. You may want to use a map. On May 22nd, take a picture of your map or send Laura and Matt an email telling us how far your post went. This is a fun way to show kids how connected we are and how we should be cautious with what we post!
Skype with Student Author - Whitney Owens
Date: May 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Description: Whitney Owens, author of Winston's Friendship Journey will share the process she went through to write, illustrate, and self-publish her book.
Direct Link to Register: http://www.schoolobjects.com/wshop/default.aspx?cid=4253
Skype with an Author - Nancy Viau - author of "Look What I Can Do!"
Date: May 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Description: Join us as we meet Nancy Viau and learn about the inspiration for her books, special book details and story time.
Direct Link to Register: http://www.schoolobjects.com/wshop/default.aspx?cid=4251
Skype with Texas Bluebonnet Author - Adriana Brad Schanen
Date: May 14, 2015 - Time TBD
Description: Join us as we meet Adriana Brad Schanen and learn about her book "Quinny & Hopper" and what it means to be a Texas Bluebonnet author.
Direct Link to Register: http://www.schoolobjects.com/wshop/default.aspx?cid=4254
Date and Time for this session are subject to change.
How to Join the Sessions
Sessions will be conducted online. A Skype Meeting Request will be provided to you a few days before the class and will contain an link to the session.
Online sessions require speakers and a webcam with a microphone as well as a computer with internet access. If you are using a laptop, you may have a camera built in to the device as well a microphone and speakers.
Your mic and video will be disabled during the webinar but you will be able to send information to me via chat.