Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone. Does your class reflect that? We have access to […]

Hanging out with Google Hangouts (GTT038)

Using this free tool that most teachers have available to them, they can let their students see and hear from any expert, class or other guest from around the world. They can get in touch with a buddy classroom whenever they want, share their learning and work together. This tool has amazing power, and many […]

Remixing traditional lessons with tech: a framework you can use

Many times, teachers try to bring technology into the classroom by “teching up” their old lessons. They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it. To really get the most out of […]

20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now

The world is our classroom’s playground. We can see and talk to practically anyone around the world (with an Internet connection) for free. Video calls and collaborative digital tools let us connect in powerful ways. They let our students experience and learn from others in diverse locations in deep ways. Unfortunately, it’s one of the […]

Where to find the perfect virtual guest for your class

Explorers. Researchers. Archaeologists. Scientists. Lawmakers. Even celebrities and athletes. They’re the great guest speakers that many of us would love to invite to talk to our classes. But schedules, speaking fees, travel and other conflicts keep us from making them an in-person, face-to-face reality. Well, to be accurate, they make in-person contact a fantasy. However, […]

10 ways to find global connections for your class

Taking classes global is one of my favorite ways that technology redefines what education can do. It boggles the mind to think that a classroom, individual or place can be thousands of miles away but close enough virtually to engage in face-to-face conversation. With communication tools like Google Hangouts, Skype and FaceTime, virtually anyone with […]

How to easily record video of your classes online (step-by-step)

The walls that kept classes from learning together are slowly starting to topple. In the past, students were often confined to the classes they could take on campus. Teachers were often confined to teaching students face-to-face. Now, with video options like Google Hangouts and Skype, teachers and students can meet with each other — or […]

6 ways Google Hangouts can make any teacher’s life better

As the calendar year changes over, I’ve thought about my most game-changing technology over the last 365 days. I’m thinking about the one I’ve picked up that’s made the most difference. It has to be Google Hangouts, Google’s “video chat but so much more” tool. Google Hangouts often makes me think of the movie “Back to […]