The high school ELA teacher in this video (via The Teaching Channel) shares how she is using Google Hangouts to help her students extend learning by connecting with other students across the U.S.. They are able to share ideas, cultural experiences, and most importantly practice speaking to an audience. She hopes that by these informal conversations, students will become more confident with speaking to people they do not know and may be different from themselves. In addition, she uses Google Hangouts to hold informal and optional video meet ups with her in the evenings and on weekends. This allows students to ask questions and get more personalized feedback on their class work and learning objectives. In addition, it allows the students another opportunity to work on their speaking skills.
Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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