Classroom Tech: 3rd Grade Reading Via Skype
It seems like every day we hear about the innovative ways teachers are using technology to facilitate classroom learning and collaboration. These practices were beyond the reach of many schools just a few years ago.
In some cases, entire classrooms are sharing and collaborating with other classes around the country using video chat applications such as Skype. This is one aim of STEM education: connecting students with their local and global communities through the use of technology.
Take, for example, Ms. Robin Farnsworth’s 3rd grade class at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah. Through Skype, Ms. Farnsworth’s students read A Bad Case of the Stripes to another class and then listen as the other class reads their storybook, The Book with No Pictures.
This simple 30-minute activity provides an engaging, meaningful context for the students to practice reading fluency and comprehension. It also addresses two state standards:
- Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
- Use telecommunications to communicate with others
Watch this lesson in action above to see how Ms. Farnsworth facilitates these classroom readings and subsequent discussions. You can also download the lesson guidebook for additional insights, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating this activity in your own classroom.
The guidebook also provides links to additional resources for effective teaching of STEM concepts.