I’m working with our two 6th grade social studies teachers on integrating webcams into their lessons. Both teachers are asking students to present a current event to the class on Tuesdays. Using webcams, Skype, and data projectors, the classes will share their current events with each other as they present. They are also interested in finding classes around the world to communicate with, using this new technology.
I found some resources online that present lots of possibilities for not just using the webcam in their classroom but also for looking through others’ webcams at different places in the world.
Webcams in the Classroom(pdf)–This is a list of resources for using webcams in the classroom from technology facilitator, David Cox, in Louisiana. This document contains basic information on what a webcam is and how to safely use it in the classroom. Mr. Cox also includes many links to teaching ideas.
Cable in the Classroom Project Cam(pdf)–This document outlines Cable in the Classroom’s Project Cam. It outlines the project and explains how teachers are using it in their classrooms. Tips for creating a cultural exchange are also provided.
I hope to update sometime soon with results on our first use of webcams in the classroom at MCMS!