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Facilitating shared learning using Skype

Tags: Distance learning | English | Learning languages | Collaborative tools | Communication | Primary | Upper primary |

Students from Melville Intermediate helped students from neighbouring Broadlands Primary School prepare and learn a short mihi using Skype.

"Our school regularly reviews the way technology is embedded in effective learning and teaching."
 eLPF 2014

Focusing inquiry

Sharing skills and knowledge

Students at Melville Intermediate  had previously learnt and presented a short mihi as part of a school wide focus. One teacher decided to invite classes from neighbouring schools to connect with her students so that they could pass on their te reo knowledge, and celebrate Māori Language Week: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori .

A class from Broadlands Primary  responded and the two classroom teachers "Skyped" to plan the learning experience. They discussed:

  • the needs of the students involved
  • the objectives
  • the timeframe
  • the technology that would be used.

Using Skype

Skype  was the communication tool used to connect learners across classrooms. The class revisited protocols they had previously established around the use of Skype. Students from Broadlands Primary connected with students from Melville Intermediate using the video-conferencing functionality available in Skype. Students from Melville Intermediate provided feedback to students from Broadlands Primary as they practised their mihi in preparation for a marae visit.

Teacher reflections

By supporting younger students in te reo, students from Melville Intermediate School became more empowered, confident, and motivated in other curriculum areas. The Skype process could be used in a variety of contexts for peer tutoring and to share unique learning experiences - for example, rearing a lamb, sharing a special environment, etc.

Next steps

Read these snapshots to find out how Blogger and Movie Maker were used and incorporated.