13 Sep Mystery GHOs, Creating Videos, and #DotDay
Wow! This week was JAM PACKED with awesomeness! Even writing this post it feels like some of these things happened weeks ago!
Ok so first off let me make clear that I have 3 classes (a total of 75 students). So when I get to do creative and collaborative things with others via Skype or Google Hangout (GHO) I try to include every class period; which can become very difficult! Well, many of us have heard of the #mysterySkype. For those of you unfamiliar with it, you find a class around the world to Skype with. The teachers know where each other are from, but NOT the students! And then when you Skype, you ask each other yes or no questions until the classes figure out where each other are from! Well, I’ve become a huge fan of GHO recently so this week we did three, yes three, Mystery GHOs. I felt bad after just doing one, and the other classes were upset they missed out so I had to plan two more! Man were they a blast. Sadly, all three of my classes had trouble figuring out where the other classes were from. haha. We have some work to do. But we got to GHO with a Jake Duncan’s (@duncanbilingual) 6th grade Bilingual class in Texas, Brad Waid’s (@TechBradWaid) 3rd grade class in Michigan, and Drew Minock’s (@TechMinock) 4th grade class in Michigan. My students had such a blast, and have asked me every day to do another one! Did I lose some class time do these? Yes. Did they have anything to do with my subject area of Math? No. But you know what I’m more concerned with providing my kids with experiences. Because once they experience this, they work so much harder in class to afford us the opportunity to do this again!