Reinhard Marx has been an online teaching colleague for many years, and pushes technology use to the boundaries of the world. Each year he organises many activities for his classes and brings other classes and educators in from across the world.
Last night was one great example of his innovative work and this is what it looked like.
- Students in his school came dressed in costume for the Mardi Gras.
- Prior to the event he sent out a google spreadsheet seeking classes and teachers from across the globe to be judges. Interested teachers filled in the spreadsheet, with their name, class (if they had one), country and email contact.
- Just prior to the class, the link to a Google Hangout was shared
- Reinhard creatively set up 2 webcameras, one at the front for students to walk towards, showing their costume and also to act out their costume character.
- Another webcam was set up at the back of the room, so that we could see the detail of the back of the costume.
- There were three sessions in total. In my session, there were classes/educators from Hungary, Croatia, Russia and Australia
- A link was given to a judging sheet setup in Google Sheets. We gave each student a score for A) their costume itself and B) for their ability to act out the costume character. Each was scored out of 10
- The winner with the highest total received a chocolate bar!
- Sitting in on a German classroom virtually and hearing the German instructions and then often the English interpretations of the character’s costume.
- watching students being pushed outside their comfort zones to try and act out their character
- watching in real time, the global judges’ scores coming in on the spreadsheet
- seeing the variety of costumes
The total time taken was approximately 50 mins. Great work, Reinhard on a very successful competition.