Integrating Skype and Other Collaborative Technologies into the Curriculum: Connecting to Learn Internationally
a presentation at the 2012 CECA conference
by David Stoloff, Professor, Education Department, Eastern Connecticut State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
These presentation notes are posted at https://writingsdls.wordpress.com/ceca-2012/.
Teachers of English language learners seeking electronic pals were recruited to encourage their students to correspond with undergraduates at Eastern Connecticut State University. In Spring 2010, our international connections were posted on pbworks. During Spring 2011, Eastern’s students developed powerpoint presentations on aspects of culture in Spain, Catalonia, Turkey, and China which were available for viewing by students in these programs using wordpress.com and Microsoft Live’s SkyDrives. In Summer 2011, students developed presentations on Russia, Costa Rica, and China.
During Fall 2011, we explored the uses of wordpress.com blogs and skype to connect with international educators and learning. We connected with
Kennedy Edwine, Director – Education Training and Enterprise Center (EDTEC) ,
P.O. Box 337 -40305
and Professor Mary Meinecke, Universidad Regiomontana
During a global field experience in Jamaican schools in March 2012, participants developed ePortfolios that reflected on our experiences – http://interconescu.wordpress.com/march-2012-in-jamaica-reflections/. The 2011 experiences are posted at http://interconescu.wordpress.com/itinerary/.
Other global experiences involving the Eastern community are linked to http://interconescu.wordpress.com/global-field-experiences/. The use of cell phone cameras and embedded youtube music allows for a slide show of memorable experiences.
The international connections between these students provided high impact learning intercultural experiences for Eastern’s students and were displayed as part of their electronic portfolios.
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