Teachers Using Technology

Today a cool event happened in our daughter’s 3rd grade class… and because of technology my wife and I were able to see it.  Her from home and me at work.

My daughter’s class was wrapping up a unit on Native Americans. For their final project each student created some type of artifact and prepared a short report on it.  This morning they presented their artifacts to the class.

Through the use of Google Hangouts on Air at the same time their presentations were also viewed by three other classrooms (some in another town) and by anyone with internet access. If you missed the live feed you could go back and watch the whole thing on YouTube.

I was really impressed with how they all did and how smooth and seamless the technology was.  Based off the comments I saw on Facebook other parents and grandparents were too.

After it was over I sent a quick email to my daughter’s teachers.  I wanted them to know that their efforts weren’t for nothing.  That people did watch and appreciated the opportunity to feel like they were part of the class for a little bit.

One of the teachers emailed me back a short while later and said, “Thank you for watching!  We have been receiving more emails of appreciation and the kids are loving the responses!”

It’s awesome that the teachers arranged to stream these presentations.  It’s equally awesome that parents and family members were so quick to thank the teachers.  It’s that kind of encouragement that will no doubt lead to more of these in the future.

At supper tonight my daughter had a fun time talking about the experience.  She was so proud of the number of YouTube views they had and all the comments that were left.

This is one case where technology enhanced the class room experience… for both the students and those that watched online.

How have your kid’s teachers used technology in a positive way?


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