We've all seen classrooms connect for cultural exchanges or even to play Mystery Skype, but here are 5 new reasons why your classroom should connect globally.
The most wonderful thing about children's literature is how it can be used as a conversation starter amongst children. Sharing a good book with a friend not only connects us together but provides an opportunity for children to discover new and wonderful books around the world. If you have a digital copy of a book that can be read in a browser such as the Kindle Cloud Reader in Chrome, it's simple to do a screen share in Skype, Zoom.us, or Google Hangout. Now you can share a book with another classroom easily.
The Kindle Cloud Reader in Chrome allows the user to read books in a web browser.
And in the screenshare your class as well as a partner classroom can see the pictures and words easily.
One of my favorite reasons to connect classrooms is through performances. Whether your students sing, dance, or dramatize a short story, these are wonderful opportunities for students to share with another class and extend their knowledge of cultures.
Many teachers love to connect their classrooms for holiday traditions so students have a chance to interview other children on what they do for fun or how they prepare for a holiday. It's an easy connection to make and one that students will definitely remember.
Share some of your favorite reasons to connect your students below and we can build an even larger list together!