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Do your students use “live” video to learn and communicate with in your classroom? Are you curious about why and how you can use live, interactive video with students to enhance their learning? Are you confused about where to begin when using interactive video technology in your classroom? Using “Google Hangout” And “Google Hangout On Air” are completely free online software that have powerful benefits when used in educational settings, thereby- enhancing student learning. South Sioux City educator, Nicholas Kleve, focused on these questions in an interactive presentation to teachers in South Sioux City School District where he talked all about “Google Hangout” And “Google Hangout On Air.
Below You Have Access To The Slideshow Visual Aid Nicholas used during the presentation.
Additional Educational Website Article Resources About Hangouts
- 50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts
- Using Google Hangout in Education – 10 Ways to Use in the Elementary Classroom
- Google Hangouts Tip Sheet
- Quick Reference Guide to Using Google Hangouts at ICC
- Mystery Hangout For Schools
- Starting Google Hangouts & Hangouts on Air (step by step)
Additional Educational Video Resources About Hangouts
I like students to monitor their own learning and communicate it to others. Each student in my class have three Dixie cups with green on one, yellow on another, and red on the third. Whether we are working independently or collaboratively, students can show fellow peers in group or me where they are at with their learning based on a specific color code. (Green is for “I understand;” yellow is for “I am having a hard time and need clarification; and red is for “I am super duper confused.”)
Some people think that flashcards are an out-dated way of teaching; nothing could be further from the truth. When I push students to master multiplication facts, I have students use flashcards. Many websites have printable flashcards over various content, such as http://www.multiplication.com/resources/flash-cards .
I use a cooking timer every day to put students on the clock when doing specific tasks. Students work a lot more efficiently and effectively if they are given a certain amount of time and the time limit is monitored. We all know time is one of the most precious commodities we have, so we cannot waste it.
If young children can learn their alphabet with music, older children should be able to learn other things using music. I am a big believer in using music with learning. Sometimes I write my own lyrics to songs using instrumental Karaoke versions of popular songs and writing content-rich lyrics; other times, I use already created educational songs, such as the Parts of Speech Rap.
Children can really connect with chants when teaching content and skills. I use chants in all academic subjects. Some of the coolest chants that students love the most are the ones I usually make up on the spot.
Young people do not learn best when they are sedentary; none of us are. I like to get students to move their bodies connecting with specific skills and content they are learning. For example, if they are learning about the differences between the vocabulary words rotate and revolve, students should demonstrate how to rotate and revolve with their bodies to better connect with the definitions.
Some teachers say there is no time to be creative as educators anymore; I say we must be creative as teachers if we truly want students to learn. According to research, one of the ways students transfer information from short term to long term memory is through learning information in creative ways. Teachers must seek to be creative when teaching to enhance student learning.
Building strong, appropriate relationships with students is so important for teachers to do. If we do not seek to build rapport with young people, we as teachers will not be able to truly connect with our students and make as much of an impact. Students thrive and want to do well for people who show they care and are willing to connect with young people.
While watching Grey’s Anatomy with my wife, I was introduced by one of the doctor actors to the Superhero pose. I looked it up, and it is a real thing and has research to support its benefits. By having students stand for two to five minutes with shoulders back and fists on hips like superheros, testosterone hormones will increase and cortisone stress hormones will decrease, thereby making young people feel immediately more confident and powerful when they have a big task ahead of them.
Nancy Atwell, from the United States, received the first ever Global teacher of the Year in March 2015. She believes standardized testing and the common core are hurting our education system. She says, “The new common core curriculum and the tests that accompany it are tending to treat teachers as mere technicians. They open the box and they read the script, and that’s not what good teaching is about. It’s an intellectual enterprise, and that’s been stripped from it by the current climate.” She believes teachers are constrained because of these two things.
South Sioux City Fire Department has the best youth fire education program in the state of Nebraska specifically for fifth grade. Since I began teaching fifth grade many years ago, I have promoted this free program. Teachers must look for opportunities to help our young people grow their life skills outside of the brick and mortar classroom.
People thrive when they have choices; it makes people feel like they have a sense of control. Whether it is guided reading books or writing topics, I like to give students as much control in making choices related to their education as possible. I have seen student effort and attitudes suffer when I make all of the choices, so I try to give students choices as much as possible.
In order for students to develop academic skills, they must practice these skills! If we do not create opportunities for students to practice these skills, students will suffer as a result. Reading, writing, and math are the most important academic skills students must practice to improve.
I have always wanted a skeleton in my classroom that could act as a mascot. I purchased a life-size skeleton around Halloween for about $30 from Target that is pretty anatomically correct. His name is “Ligament Larry” because ligaments are what holds his bones together; I use this mascot as a teaching tool and a way to help me build rapport with my students.
Koko Puffs is a kangaroo and her baby who have been with me since I first started teaching. Koko is the mother, and Puffs is the baby; together, they are Koko Puffs. The first year I taught, my students named the dynamic duo; these two mascots help me connect and build rapport with students.
Kid President shares a powerful message that all of us, young and old, can learn from. His inspiration is a model for all of us to live by every day. All teachers should share inspirational videos like this with their students.
As teachers, we have a duty to promote and stress the importance of reading. I sometimes have parents come to me and ask what they can do to help their children. I always go back to talking about having children read before bed because there is so much research that supports how this impacts student performance.