Daily Archives: December 31, 2008

7 things you dont need to know about me!!

 I’ve been tagged for this meme! This particular one was started by Angela Maiers. However, D Rezac  Tony Searl  Pam Thompson and Sujokat have tagged me.  to tell you seven super things about myself that you don’t need to know and then pass this on to seven more super blogger/ educators. If it all gets too boring, just move along to the others.

  1. I hate pasties: My earliest recollection is of me being imprisoned in my high chair (at age 2 or 3) until I finished eating my home made pastie for tea. I have never eaten one since.  
  2. I don’t get mobile phone service where I live or teach. So, I feel jilted and so untech that I cannot do all the other super things that my colleagues can with their phones.
  3. My eyebrow starts to twitch when I am tired.  So I quickly retire before it all gets too embarrassing or if that is impossible start to giggle compulsively.
  4. I had a reputation as a typing teacher (on the old manual typewriters) but never learnt to type. Being a commerce graduate, it was assumed that I could teach typing but I had no idea how to type. I had to quickly teach myself, but drew the line at teaching shorthand. Ironically this has taken me into the wonderful world of teaching computers.
  5. I pretend to enjoy watching the footy and cricket: My family all love sport but I sit there quietly and pretend to be actively involved.
  6.  I hate hearing my voice on a recording and actively dislike public speaking, having my photo taken and talking to a video camera. I have had to work on this in my pursuit of educational use of web2.0 tools.
  7. I hate rounding up the cattle on the farm. Although I am married to a farmer, I hate working with our cattle as they scare me. When the cows have just calved they charge my motor bike and head butt hard and fast. However, I love working with the sheep. My nightmares are always about a roaring bull charging me whilst I attempt to flee through the fence.

 So, now I need to tag seven more folks. Well, I choose….

  1. samcoy   Look forward to reading all the things that I dont need to know about you.

Where to find schools to connect with

A Russian student plays us the Spanish guitar
A Russian student plays us the Spanish guitar

Below follows a list of some sites that will allow teachers and educationalists to make connections for further collaboration including videoconferencing and global projects. It has been my experience that blogging  and/or global project partners often make great videoconference partners as there is an already established element of trust and confidence in each other. The students have already got to know each other and this gives an element of richness to the learning outcomes. However, many of the schools we have videoconferenced with, were new and some of the sites that were used are listed below. There are many websites and ning groups now and an online search will produce many more results. Timezone and language differences often prove to be challenges/barriers. Read “using skype in education ” for further information on successful skype linkups.

In 2008, these were some of the sites that were used for connecting to the globe:-

Classroom2.0 – with a membership list of over 17000, this is the first recommended stop.  “Long distance collaborations” and “e-learning and online teaching” groups are already established where valuable contacts can be made. Join the groups and watch out for the updates for these groups. New or established forums often appeal for connections for global projects and videoconferencing. A valuable contact for us came from a forum on classroom2.0 which actually  put our school on Russian TV with our linkups to the Russian school!!

Projects by Jen – from Jen Wagner, USA, focusing mainly on primary aged groups

Global education ning started by Lucy Barrow, USA,  where people actively seek out partners for global projects

Flatclassrooms  commenced by Julie Lindsay (The middle East)

Beyond the Walls – a French ning started by Vincent Mouspelet  (good for secondary groups, with a strong European support base)

Onlineprojects4teachers

Global School House

Twitter – a quick tweet will often bring up some willing partners.

A virtual gift - a toy reindeer from the USA

One of our favourite groups to collaborate with, is Collaborationnation with one of the students showing us a toy reindeer. (above)

Two new sites of interest

As I was about to publish this post, I checked out the edublogger and found that Sue Waters has added a page with a list of interested skype videoconference partners. This would be a great place to start with.

Another interesting site that has just gone online is Bringing us Together for student bloggers. (Blogging is my number one interest with web2.0)

Other sites suggested to me:-

skoolaborate

Please add a comment and tell us where you have found your global connections for projects or videoconferencing.