I would like to connect my students with students in another country. Maybe it doesn’t have to be very time-consuming, if you start with very small assignments- and then see what happens.
First, one should ask the students, what online social icebreaker activities to start with, when you meet new people online – maybe there should be some time for group-Skyping first.
And then, on to the good and fun stuff:
Here are 5 ideas to connect a humanities/languages classroom – none of them tested in real life yet, though.I would like to try out Edmodo as platform.
1) Language: Comparing idioms/proverbs
- Rewrite an idiom from the partner country into you own language. (Maybe we could have some fun with Google Translate afterwards … )
- Remix idioms from different countries.
- Create a video of illustrated idioms from diff. countries?
2) Literature: Read a literary classic together. Create a podcast with a review of the book.
3) Literature: Let your students introduce a favorite author to their foreign peers.
4) Language and Literature: Let your students introduce and translate a native-speaking rap artist song to each other?
5) Media: Compare and contrast the news stories on a particular event in different countries: How does different perspectives show in the choice of words and pictures in the news coverage?
By the way, I also have 5 ideas to connect history classrooms…
Maybe next blog should be ‘5 ideas to connect with teachers.’ – (yes , you can find me on Etwinning as well. )
Or ‘5 ideas to blog more or less than 5 ideas at a time’… (ok, stop rambling)