Post 23 on the Teach Thought 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Write about 1 way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in your classroom. If not, write about 1 way you would like to bring that into your curriculum.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, a few years ago we created a school-wide goal to publish, share, and communicate with an audience beyond our classroom. We believe strongly in the power of connecting and broadening our audience. I translate that, on behalf of this post, to our community. In this case, community is not only our local community, but also the global community.
Some examples of how that’s happening so far this year :
- Classes using Skype to connect with a professional photographer in California. Last year this same teacher set up a Skype meeting with a pathologist in Boston who also shared his microscope slides live with the group.
- Another teacher is using Skype to connect with a group of teachers in New Zealand with whom she’s been collaborating on a project.
- At least two of our first/second grade classrooms collaborate with other classrooms here in Vermont as blogging partners.
- Some middle school classrooms regularly blog and seek feedback from the world – they often use the #commentsforkids hashtag on Twitter.
- We have many classrooms at a variety of levels who tweet as a class- to share what they’re doing in class and to connect with other classrooms for collaborative projects.
- Other classrooms are sharing images of what’s happening at school with a broader audience via Instagram.
- In a few weeks, we’ll be partnering with our local educational access station, RETN, to video and live-stream our Candidate Forum hosted by students. Candidates for different positions around the state come to our school to participate in this event. Students will also be in control of all of the cameras and control boards at this event.
- One of our kindergarten classrooms always has Skype open and welcomes calls and visits from parents and other classrooms. This teacher also connects with others globally for collaborative projects. You can read about what they’re doing in Sharon Davison’s blog.
I’m sure there are many more examples that I’m not yet aware of and haven’t included here. We are committed to collaborating with our communities near and far. We bring them into our schools and classrooms in ways that connect to and enrich learning.
image: creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by Send me adrift.: http://flickr.com/photos/sophiadphotography/8103704644