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1. Communicating with 21st Century Learners Going Digital: Teaching and Learning with Technology Shadybrook Elementary School Presented by: Leah Grasty, Lisa Gurley, Gale Kelly and Amy Zarachowicz 2. Our children live in a global, digital world a world transformed bytechnology and human ingenuity. Many of todays youngsters arecomfortable using laptops, instant messaging, chat rooms, and cellphones to connect to friends, family, and experts in local communitiesand around the globe. Given the rapid rate of change, the vast amountof information to be managed, and the influence of technology on life ingeneral, students need to acquire different, evolving skill sets to copeand to thrive in this changing society. http://www.metiri.com 3. Internet E-mail Instant Messaging Text Messaging VoIP/Videoconferencing Skype Social Networking MySpace Facebook Twitter Blogs/Wikis How has technology changed how we communicate in the 21st century? 4. 5. What is Skype? Skype is a free piece of VOiP software, that can connect computers togetherto allow freetelephone calls. User and operator friendly Inexpensive just need inexpensive headset or desktop microphone and headphones. Download software from skype. Allows chat and video conferencing May be used to call landlines 6. Classroom Ideas for using Skype Connect your students with experts worldwide Connect your students with other studentsstudying similar and related content Allow parents to see their student make a classpresentation Hold a poetry reading at which the poet reads toyour class (or vice versa) Add new life to a pen pal project. Provide instruction for a homebound student. Have government students conference withan elected official in Washington, D.C. Brainstorm with teachers at other schools (content,project ideas, textbook adoption, etc...). Meet with incoming Honors / AP students (classes)over the summer. Have foreign language students converse withstudents who normally speak that language. 7. 8. 9. 10. How do we communicate with other classes? Community, connections, solutions - ePals, the global platform for learning online. ePals is a Global Community of collaborative learners, teachers, and academic experts in 200 countries and territories. ePals provides Connections to students, classes, and school districts worldwide that are safe and secure. ePals provices Communication by providing translation for speaking to students that are non-English speaking. When students write for a real audience they produce higher quality work.... 11. How to Get Started Register for an account. Obtain parental permission. Create accounts. Match with other classrooms. Begin communicating!! 12. Similar Websites E-Mail for Students www.gaggle.net