Learning via Desktop Video Conferencing

Students and teachers at Central Manor and Pequea Elementary are involved in two outstanding video conferencing projects.

First up is a unique video “Reading Buddy” program staring Central Manor 4th grade student’s in Mrs. Piatt’s classroom and residents at Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lititz PA. Mrs. Piatt’s students have begun holding weekly reading sessions for Brethern Village residents. Using a Mac laptop and the free Skype video conferencing program, students hone their language skills by reading poems to their new cyber-friends. The Senior cyber buddies were excited to see and hear the students. They are also amazed at the changes in technology since they were in a one-room school house in 4th grade.

At Pequea Elementary School, students in Mrs. Leisure’s 2nd grade class have been studying plagiarism with teacher Kirsten Ferry’s 12th grade class at Brandywine Heights High School in Reading PA. Via Skype desktop video conferencing, the Brandywine seniors are teaching Mrs. Leisure’s class about citing sources and how to avoid ‘stealing someone’s words’. The students learn higher order thinking skills by collaborating with one another in small and large group settings while extending learning beyond the classroom walls.

More information on the Pequea/Brandwine collaborative video project is online at the TechMates blog: http://blogs.pennmanor.net/cleisure/.

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