Bringing in other voices and expertise to your classroom can be done easily using Skype. Using our own Personal Learning Network, we have lots of options to reach out and bring in new knowledge as a resource – for our students to access.
Students can create questions to ask the “guest speaker” before your Skype call. If it is only for an individual student that is looking to interview one-on-one (as part of their SDL project), this call can be done as a model to the rest of the class (by projecting it on the screen) or at a quiet corner of the class (supervised by a teacher).
My students created questions for two “experts” that I met at the Ultimate Gaming Challenge in Niagara Falls on May 4th. As part of their program at Brock University, these two people were part of a group that designed a video game entitled, “Awaken.” You can download it here for free. I interviewed Kev Greene and Jess Bradshaw and brought in the audio conversation to my students through this webpage.
This is an article explaining more about the game and its being named “Best Game” at “Level Up” – a student-gaming showcase in Toronto that recently took place.
This is the planning document used during the creation of the “Awaken” video game. It shows how comprehensive and critical planning is to the learning process.
My interview focuses on the process of building the game and the collaborative aspects of working as a group. Students in my class (who are doing their own SDL project right now) each created a question to ask Kevin and Jess. I couldn’t Skype during the school day – because of our speaker’s schedule – so I did this in the evening at home and used software – Evaer – to record the conversation. The trial software gives you 5 minutes of recording per session – which is why this is in multiple parts.
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Part 7 – (Kev Greene only)
Part 8 – (Kev Greene only)
As a means of bringing in another valuable resource to the SDL process, Skype in an expert and make the research – and learning process – interactive and engaging.