Launching a Learning Community

We now have tools to build and strengthen learning communities. We have the opportunity to provide students with authentic assessment relationships over the web that can help dramatically improve student motivation. We can take advantage of the communication tools the Internet provides and explore ways to motivate students and connect them to the global community. During this session teachers may develop a class Web site, wiki or blog that can serve as a “home base” for future online interactions.

This session focuses on helping teachers, and in turn helping students to have a publication space for embedding and sharing their work. This is open to your favorites, as we know that there are personal preferences. We often look at Wikispaces, Edublogs (or something similar) and/or Weebly
.

Teacher and Student Voices: Introduction to Podcasting

In this hands-on workshop, teachers will learn the basics of podcasting. See how educators can immerse students in international collaboration projects and have students become positive and contributing global citizens.

Focus will be placed upon:

  • What a podcast is.
  • Where teachers and students can find and subscribe to podcasts.
  • Planning for a podcast.
  • Recording a podcast using a variety of tools.
  • Publishing a podcast.