Victoria, Australia lies neatly in Asian time zones for synchronous connections. We start at 9am, most of SE Asia commences at 7:30 or 8am. With a time difference of 1-3 hours, we can connect synchronously with our classes.
My online colleague, Lin-lin Tan, of Taiwan, wanted a global combination of classes to play kahoot with her students. I thought it would be fun for my year 7 class. Hannah from South Korea involved her grade 5 and 6 class. Lin-lin gave me the following advice:
Hannah and I talked about it this afternoon and we will write our names like this T01Mary (T is for Taiwan 01 student’s number and the name). K24Sharon is for Korea, student number 24 Sharon
Prior to the linkup the following took place:-
- Students watched the Paper Bag Princess (see below) prior to the linkup
- Lin-lin devised a kahoot quiz for the students and shared it on kahoot.
- Google hangout was used to connect the three classes. We all logged into the hangout and could see each class
- Lin-lin then shared her screen with us so we could see the kahoot code
- Students from the three countries logged in individually to kahoot, entered the code
- They entered their names using country codes preceding their names. Students from Australia used au_mac (or their first name). students in Taiwan used T then their first name and Korean students used k as the prefix to their name.
- We proceeded to play kahoot virtually and simultaneously. We could hear each other, see each other etc through the hangout and had a real sense of being one class, each student bent on winning.
The amazing thing was that many of the students from Taiwan or Korea spoke English as a second or third language. How brave were they and what fantastic practise this was for those students. Imagine if my students had to play the kahoot in mandarin Chinese – their grasp of the language is so low in comparison.