Monthly Archives: October 2010
Here at Whirlidurb, we have finished our first three weeks of video conferencing programs. The schedule was designed so that we could deliver a variety of programs and also have enough time to get the technical issues smoothed out.
As I design programs, I have a few non-negotiables.
- Start with what the students will be learning/doing and the curriculum.
- Describe the program in a succinct manner (2-3 minute videos on the website)
- Develop a teacher packet that will provide teachers with the tools they need to focus on student learning.
- Design for interactions between learners and leaders.
- Provide a feedback mechanism so that teachers may share their points of view.
This process has been validated by teacher comments in our evaluations. Here are some snippets.
- The review quiz at the end really helps sum up what they have learned. My teachers commented that the connection was VERY educational. They also have just finished a section on recycling in social studies so it really tied in nicely.
- As I walked my kids out to their cars, several of them told me that they were going to put their seat belts on. This made them more aware of seat belt safety.
- They were actively engaged, having fun and learning all at the same time. I applaud you for this program – Traveling Through Texas. We can’t wait to participate in another program.
- This program increased my students knowledge of several Social Studies objectives which we were working on.
- My student were allowed to see the relevancy of using the problem solving strategies learned in class.
- The activities gave me an idea for hands on lessons. I believe it is always profitable to practice following clues and generating answers.
Singing With Shane (PreK and K)
- They enjoyed communicating with another school via “television”. They were amazed that the “television” was talking to them.
I am looking forward to October and November, as we kick-off our novel-based programs.
If you are a video conference coordinator, how are your programs going? What is the level of student engagement? Are they meeting the teachers’ curriculum needs?