Make the most of today’s technology to give your students a more interactive, authentic learning experience! Connecting Your Students with the World shows you how to use web tools to get K–8 students in touch with other classrooms worldwide. This book is a valuable resource to help you find and communicate with other teachers and classrooms and even design your own collaborative online projects. You’ll find out how to:
- Conduct videoconferencing calls to put your students in touch with classrooms around the world;
- Embark on Virtual Field Trips;
- Plan themed projects for every season, including fun holiday activities;
- And more!
The book includes detailed instructions for each activity and connections to the Common Core, ISTE, and Next Generation Science Standards, so you can ensure that you are meeting your state’s requirements as you prepare your students to become engaged, informed, and global citizens. Additionally, a comprehensive list of online resources is available as a free download from the Routledge website at www.routledge.com/9781138902961.
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
How to Use This Book
1. Connecting Your Students
2. The Practical Guide to a Mystery Location Call
3. Moving Beyond Mystery Location Calls
4. Fall Projects
5. Winter Projects
6. Spring and Summer Projects
7. Virtual Field Trips
8. Stories from Our PLN about Connecting Globally
Appendix A: Standards Correlation Charts
Correlation Chart for the Common Core State Standards
Correlation Chart for the ISTE Standards for Students
Correlation Chart for the ISTE Standards for Teachers
Correlation Chart for the Next Generation Science Standards
Appendix B: Key Standards
The ISTE National Education Technology Standards (NETS*S) and Performance Indicators for Students
The ISTE National Education Technology Standards (NETS*T) and Performance Indicators for Teachers
Appendix C: Flat Stanley Lesson Plan
Billy Krakower (@wkrakower) is the Computer Technology Instructor and Gifted & Talented Teacher for grades 3 and 4 at Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School in the Woodland Park Public School District, Woodland Park, New Jersey.
Paula Naugle (@plnaugle) is a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at a suburban public school near New Orleans.
Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) is the creator of Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites, which started as a school library resource and is now used by educators all over the world.
Featured Author Profiles
"Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, and Jerry Blumengarten have put together an excellent collection of projects to teach global collaboration. Their book will be a valuable resource for every educator who wants to make learning about the world a fun, interactive, and rewarding experience for students."
--Todd Whitaker, Professor at Indiana State University, internationally recognized education expert, and author of over 30 books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently
"Want to connect globally and flatten your classroom? Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, and Jerry Blumengarten are savvy, down-to-earth guides on your journey. Twenty-first-century teachers are connectors. With this handbook, you can get started today!"
--Vicki Davis, @coolcatteacher, Author of Reinventing Writing