Ways to Connect Your Classroom
Once you’ve decided you want to connect your classroom, the next step is to discover ways to connect your classroom that make sense for you.
Simple examples of a how you can connect your classroom include video conferencing applications, social media, and blogging.
While it might sound daunting to connect your classroom to the outside world, there are a variety of small ways to make a big impact on your students’ learning. To start, try using an existing project to jump into a small, one-off, or simple global connection.
Video chat software such as Skype or Google Hangouts is an easy way to begin making connections outside your classroom. There are many projects that already exist through these applications that you can tap into that will connect your classroom to another one around the globe. You can find more ideas about how to use video conferencing in your classroom here.
The use of social media can be another simple way to connect your classroom to the outside world. Create a classroom page on Facebook (or your preferred social media platform) where you and your students can share a window into the learning happening in the classroom. You can have students give their input on what you’ll share each week, and if your students are older, you can have them write the post or take photos to share.
Blogging is another easy way to connect your classroom. You can start a classroom blog as a way for the world to discover the learning happening in your classroom. Like in the social media example above, have students give input on what is shared or write each post. Encourage parents to comment and interact with blog content so students can see firsthand how sharing creates connections with others outside of their classroom.
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