As teachers and students are gaining confidence and ability with the use of Chromebooks, teaching and learning communication and collaboration beyond the classroom walls can be a challenge to know exactly how to begin. I had a teacher approach me about setting up a project in which she could connect with another classroom across the District as pen pals, and there have been a few classrooms who have worked on some collaborative projects in this way. As teachers look forward to next year, I am offering a Partnership Project to every teacher who wants to participate and will help facilitate the set-up and organization of this project.
The Partnership Project will be organized by grade level and have a writing focus (Writing Standard 10). Participating teachers will meet after school in early September to work with their partners, begin organizing this project, learn how to conduct a Google Hangout, and learn how to set up and manage a shared Google slideshow between two students.
Each partnership will begin with a Mystery Google Hangout session in the classroom. This initial Mystery Hangout will allow each group of students to prepare ten questions, in order to identify with which school/classroom they have been partnered. Then intermediate students will be assigned a Pen Pal in the partner classroom and will share a Google Slideshow as their “postcards” to each other. In the primary classroom, the teachers would share the Google Slideshow and draft their postcards as a whole class. Teachers can either set the purpose for each postcard writing assignment (such as opinion/argumentative/persuasive [Writing Standard 1], informative [Writing Standard 2], or narrative [Writing Standard 3]), and/or they can allow choice for students.
The Partnership Project can be for any length of time that you and your partner classroom teacher agree on, whether it be for a month, a quarter or the entire year. There are other projects/lessons that can expand this partnership, depending upon the breadth and depth you and your partner classroom teacher want to explore. However, I will facilitate the Partnership Project to set you up and then support each partnership as needed.
If you are interested in this Partnership Project, please complete this survey by June 1. I will organize the Project and send a calendar invite for the initial meeting to those who want to participate. I’m looking forward to collaborating with you!
I am a technology integration coach for a school district supporting one preschool, fifteen elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools. Check here for the latest updates on instructional technology.