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I recently participated in a Real World Connections course offered through NCVPS’s very own Live PD, and it opened my eyes to the potential of Wimba and the Live Classroom.
If you haven’t tried out any of the Wimba Voice features, you are missing out in great connection tools that will build camaraderie and community in your virtual community. The Wimba Voice Email is a great alternative to a conventional text memo. Did you know you can send the Voice email to yourself, retrieve the link from your email, and paste this link in a message to students?
Setting up a Wimba Voice Thread can be an excellent alternative to the written Blogs, Wikis, or Discussion Boards in your class. Imagine the collaboration possibilities if students can actually hear one another as a means of learning.
And of course, let’s not forget about the Live Wimba Classroom. I admit, I have fallen into the routine of opening the room, waiting around, creating an archive, and then moving on. However, the Real World Connections course offered some great suggestions. Here are some ideas of great Wimba sessions:
– Invite a guest speaker to call in. Maybe there is a professional who applies your applicable subject each day in his/her career. This can be a great way to get parents involved. You may consider polling them on their expertise to see if they have expertise and would like to participate. Professional writers can speak in an English class. Adults can share their perspective on a famous event in a Social Studies class. A doctor can talk about applied molecular biology. An engineer can share in a math class. You get the picture!!
– Have students share work. We certainly can share ideas with them. However, why not have them practice their presentation skills by having them share their Web 2.0 projects and assignments in a class.
– Get your department together for a Pow Wow. Invite students too. The foreign language department has hosted a Holidays Around the World Session, complete with music, art, and cultural musings of how various countries celebrate the season. There are ideas for CR too. Perhaps English and Social Studies could get together and have a walk through history day or math and science can collaborate on a STEM project. These are just ideas, but I am certain you can grow from here. For more on ideas, check out the Coach’s Corner or post some of your own in the Comments below.