Skyping with the Night Zookeeper
This Skype session involved storytelling elements, as the "night zookeeper" introduced students to animals in the zoo, whilst also challenging them to take part in some creative thinking exercises. The lesson lasted around 30 minutes and then can be followed up with a session where students use a creative writing paper and an iPad app to create a magical animal.
This particular session was created as a special lesson for Halloween. The zookeeper told a spooky story from the Night Zoo, because it can be a rather scary place! The end of the session had students asking questions and answering questions from the zookeeper - this got them thinking about some animals they could create. There was a special challenge attached to this lesson.
I've used resources from Skype in the Classroom in different levels throughout our district. The first Skype I did was with a third grade class in Texas. My sixth grade technology class taught the third graders about being digital citizens.
In my class, we started by defining what it meant to be a digital citizen. I pulled resources from Commonsensemedia.org - this is a wonderful resource to cover all areas of online responsibilities! My students create digital citizen superheroes so they could better understand their role and responsibility while online. Then, students worked in small groups to create a narrative to share with the other class. Each group had a particular topic:
Group One: What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?
Group Two: Types of technology & digital media we use at school
Group Three: Tips for being a google digital citizen now and when you are older!
Students worked on a Google doc to create a script for their presentation. This was their first time using Google docs - so we had to:
1. learn what Google docs is
2. learn how to use Google docs
We rehearsed the scripts to make sure they were prepared for the experience. They did great!