A tweet from my friend Tom Murray, director of technology at Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I connected with Tom on Twitter and he invited our students at Van Meter to Skype with him on Digital Learning Day 2013, which he spent in Washington D.C.
Elissa Malespina, teacher librarian, and Melissa Butler, 6th grade English teacher, at South Orange Middle School
After a few tweets back and forth, it was clear that this was going to be an amazing new connection, and most of all a great new relationship with two wonderful educators.
Elissa and I first started planning using Twitter and email. We decided that we were going to collaborate on a project for World Read Aloud Day with our 5th and 6th grade classes.
First we threw around the idea of a Mystery Skype but how could we tie that into WRAD. We would have a Mystery Book Skype using JeopardyLabs.com to create a game which would contain questions and answers the students wrote.
This lesson would also focus on the students doing web searches using Google. They would all have a laptop with them that they would be using as we played Jeopardy so we wanted to do a mini-lesson in the beginning about Google Search.
At this point our collaboration moved into a Google Doc where we would build our Lesson Plan and materials together.
Also, Janelle and I started a Google Doc to share with each other and our students. We collaborated on the questions in the different categories and put the final Jeopardy questions and answers in this Google Doc too.
Elissa and Melissa did the same thing in New Jersey.
We also met and planned in Google Hangout, which worked awesome!
Both of our classes use Edmodo, so we created the WRAD Mystery Book Skype Edmodo Group. This would give our students a space to connect and get to know one another before we played Jeopardy too.
We gave all of the students these Google Search Star sheets and found a great video to show too.
Elissa made up this Jeopardy Template to help us follow along with the questions and points.
All in good fun. :)
When we finished the students asked me when the next Skype was with our new friends in New Jersey. They said it was one of the most fun they had in class all year.
Before they all went to class, Elissa and I reminded them of the "Mystery Book Skype Take Away" in the WRAD Edmodo Group. We can't wait to look over these answers together. It will be really interesting to take a look inside of what they think about our connections and collaboration.
As I read the first one, I saw that they definitely found this experience awesome too!
Definitely one of my all-time favorite projects and connections all around.
And just like another wonderful tweet from Tom after our connection.....
It starts with a little tweet.