ERIC Number: ED474207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Digital Guests in Your Classroom. PEN.
As more schools connect to the Internet and the quality of connection improves, teachers might want to do something other than look up the "CD in the sky." One option might be to bring an online guest into the classroom. Online technology enables teachers to integrate the experience of interacting with a guest into their curriculum activities. Guests let a teacher's students probe, interrogate, test hypotheses, and pose solutions. Guest can "visit" a classroom for a little while each day or participate in a single-day activity. These visits can be achieved through: electronic mail; text-based chat; voice and video exchanges through the Internet in an online meeting environment; digital recordings streamed through the Internet to the classroom; and a digital representation where the guest presents through a range of media and invites interaction by e-mail or chat after the presentation. But it is not easy for the busy primary school teacher to design the online events with a guest and overcome all the barriers and logistics of local sites. This PEN Digest describes some practical strategies for both designing and implementing an online guest event. The Digest describes a tightly organized process that ensures success when incorporating an online guest event into a curriculum activity. It suggests a sample teaching-learning sequence, provides a planning model, and discusses planning and implementing an online guest event for a few schools. (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Computer Mediated Communication, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Online Systems, Teacher Role, Technology Integration
Primary English Teaching Association, P.O. Box 3106, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia. Tel: 02-9565-1277; Fax: 02-9565-1070; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.peta.edu.au.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Marrickville (Australia).