Saturday, January 28, 2017

Planning our Skypeathon

On March 16-17 we (my students and I) will host a 24-hour Skypeathon. I am still in the process of planning the whole event and I have managed to fill about 20 out of the 30 or so slots, so far. We have a few slots left on Friday morning and up until noon, but I am hoping to fill them soon!!! 

Why Skypeathon you might ask? Well, I thought about it myself and came up with these answers:

  • Give students an opportunity to practice their English in “real” situations with native people.
  • Cultural interest - compare living conditions, school cultures, food traditions, leisure activities etc…
  • An international/global perspective is extremely important right now.
  • Students will increase their knowledge on certain issues, e.g. World War (connections with former battleship museum at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and museum in New Orleans, Louisiana), National Parks (connection with park ranger in Yellowstone National Park), Biology (connection with marine biologist Jennifer Nolan in Florida), Journalism (connection with journalist at newspaper in Stockholm )
  • Students will get to document and reflect on their Skype sessions by blogging, tweeting and using social media to spread the message...hence, increasing their digital and social media skills by working on their digital strategies. Teachers will monitor communication. There will also be an article in the local newspaper and hopefully a short clip on local television.
  • Social happening that will strengthen bonds between students/teachers
  • Environmentally friendly! We will travel the world practically for free!
  • and more....

in the Classroom by pnillaelander

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