What’s Happening in 2018!

There are exciting events happening in 2018 for Distance Learning!

  • CAPspace has updated their website and offering exciting collaborative events for classrooms around the nation.

  • Monroe One BOCES created events are open to those who participate in the Distance Learning CoSer

  • Need help with Online Learning? We support Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Moodle and Canvas.

  • Zoom desktop videoconferencing is opening doors to new ways to collaborate, connect, and learn!

  • Robots are available to use with home-bound or hospital-bound students. Many students have benefited by the access of robots in order to stay connect with peers and continue to learn. Our Double Robots can be borrowed for students in need. Learn more about Double Robots.

 

Keeping Connected with SKYPE

SKYPE calls are a wonderful tool to use in the classroom. Classrooms can connection with other classrooms, professionals, and locals such as museums.

There are many resources that provide opportunities for classrooms to find connections and many Distance Learning vendors are also using SKYPE as an option for connections.

skype-tips-tricksKatrina Keene’s article states how Mystery SKYPE calls can connect your classroom to the world. To read the entire article, click here – Mystery SKYPE Calls

 

 

Ensure Success with SKYPE?

  • Practice with another classroom in your building or district

  • Connect with educators you know in other districts, states, countries

  • Test SKYPE connection

  • Have specific goals for connection

  • Discuss etiquette with students and plan who will speak when

  • Have a back up plan in case there are technology glitches

 

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SKYPE in the Classroom Resources

  1. SKYPE in the Classroom – https://education.skype.com/

  2. SKYPE with Penguin Publishing Authors – http://www.penguin.com/school-library/skype-authors/

  3. SKYPE an Author – http://skypeanauthor.wikifoundry.com/

  4. Kate Messener’s Authors Who SKYPE for free – http://www.katemessner.com/authors-who-skype-with-classes-book-clubs-for-free/

SKYPE Projects

  • SKYPE with a Professional

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  • SKYPE with an Author

  • SKYPE with a local such as a museum or landmark

  • SKYPE with Pen Pals

  • SKYPE with parents

Video Conference Fact Sheet – checking for understanding

Video Conferences are a great way for students to learn and collaborate. But how does a teacher know if students are understanding the key learning points of the conference?

Below is a document that educations can print and distribute to students to use during or right after a conference. Using this document allows for educators to ensure students have learned during the conference. Also, gathering evidence addresses Common Core Learning Standards.

Video Conference Fact Sheet

The Value of Field Trips – In person and virtual

A recent study discussed the benefits of field trips for students.  There has been a drastic reduction in schools participating in field trips due to expense, scheduling, and curriculum. Click on the link below to read the entire article.

ARTICLE: The Educational Value of Field Trips

Items of interest from the article:

Students:

  • Recall more details
  • Use Critical Thinking
  • Display Historical Empathy
  • Increased Tolerance
  • Increased Interest in Museums
  • Greater Benefit for Disadvantaged Students