Monday, June 13, 2011

What has Skype done for me lately?

This year was full of very cool experiences in our classroom.  Two of those involved the use of Skype.  The first connection occurred with a class in Gardner, KS.  You can read about it here.  For most students, this was the first experience with Skype and they loved it!
The second Skype session took place as part of research that two of my students were completing.  Both were researching Google, one for a TAG project and the other for her research paper.  We were lucky enough to be connected with a Google employee in California.  She was wonderful enough to answer all of the girls' questions.  They came away very impressed with the way Google treats its employees.
Both of these experiences were as good, or better, than anything my students learned out of a textbook.  If you have not tried Skype in your classroom, I recommend it!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Medieval Catapults and...Angry Birds?

 Thanks to my tweep @ktenkely, who also authors the iLearn Technology blog, my students participated in a lesson based on the wildly popular game Angry Birds.  As a class we are finishing up our unit on the middle ages, which fit perfectly with this activity.  Students researched designs for medieval catapults on the computer and in books from our library.  They rotated in small groups from research, to catapult building, to playing Angry Birds on the SmartBoard.  Needless to say, they had a lot of fun!