Connecting via Skype and Google Hangouts
We live in an amazing age with the ability to easily connect across the globe.
Several years ago I saw a tweet from one of my PLN (Personal Learning Network) educators asking if anyone wanted to join a Google Hangout to see how it worked. What an enjoyable global experience I had. I was hanging out and learning at the same time with educators in Greece, Australia and Peru.
Most Sunday nights I have a Google Hangout with a group of teachers from Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We meet to discuss ways to have classes connect and collaborate each month. For Read Across America I read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss to classes in four different states via a Google Hangout.
My Google Hangout page: http://cybraryman.com/googlehangout.html
Aside from my teaching career I worked for a company that provided educational materials for the utility industry. I have written educational activity booklets on electric & gas safety, the environment, fire safety, water, and career preparation. I enjoy going into classrooms and giving presentations on how I wrote booklets. Students see that it is the same process they use for their writing.
After a tweet about one of these presentations, a teacher in California asked if I could come to his class. I didn’t know how I could do that without traveling there. I asked my good Twitter friend Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell) what to do. She suggested I upload my presentation to Mixbook. I did, and as a result have been able to Skype into 21 different states, as well as Canada, Honduras, and Australia.
If my two-year old granddaughter can Skype, so can you. Take advantage of great ways like Skype and Google Hangouts to connect with the global community.