Our classrooms can be as big as we want them to be. If we can get our students connected then the world becomes their classroom.
Connecting our students can be as simple as having a buddy class at your school. Or it can be as big as participating in the Global Read Aloud Project. By utilizing the technology we have available to us we can get our students connected tomorrow.
So how do we get started? Where do we find these connections?
It might just be easier than you realize.
In a recent Twitter chat, the #Ditchbook community shared 35 ways to get your classroom connected including practical ideas, resources, and tips to get started.
Educators shared tons of resources like:
Check them out in the summary of this week’s chat below!
- 10 ways to connect classes to global audiences
- Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together
- Hanging out with Google Hangouts (GTT038)
- About Mystery Skypes/Hangouts and why we need more
- Where to find the perfect virtual guest for your class
Want to get in on the next #DitchBook Twitter chat?
- They happen every Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Mountain / 9 p.m. Central / 10 p.m. Eastern.
- They often run for 30 minutes. Many times, moderators will offer bonus questions for those that want to continue chatting.
- Check out what’s happening on the #DitchBook Twitter chat by clicking here. (Even if you don’t have a Twitter account!)
- New to Twitter? Want to know the basics? Check out my Twitter guide for teachers.
- Want to sign up for Twitter? Here are the directions.
Having trouble? Still unclear on how a Twitter chat works? Feel free to tweet to these #DitchBook ambassadors and they’ll help — Karly Moura @karlymoura, Sean Fahey @seanjfahey, Sandy Otto @sandyrotto, Rachel Marker @rachelmarker, Evan Mosier @emosier3, Mandi Tolen @TTmomTT, Craig Klement @craigklement, Tara Martin @taramartinedu, Krista Harmsworth @zonie71, Anne Kamper @annekamper, Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm, Lance McClard @drmcclard, Stephanie DeMichele @sdemichele or David Platt @herrplatt!