Activity: How I Spent the Christmas Holidays
Target Group: First and/or Second Class
Prepare oral reports on children's Christmas holidays to be delivered using VC between paired schools. The project should be completed by end of January.
Alternative Topics: About a book I read during Christmas. . .
About a film I saw during Christmas. . . .Objectives:
Changes we'll see in 1999
Curriculum Implementation (Language and Communication)
To familiarise the class teacher with the use video-conferencing (VC) equipment To familiarise pupils with the operation of VC equipmentResource Development To enable children to plan and deliver a short oral report about themselves To enable children to listen attentively to oral reports being delivered by others To enable children to respond to an oral report by asking appropriate follow-up questions To enable children to contrast their own experiences and views with those of pupils in a different class/school To enable children to reflect on some qualities of an effective oral presentation To increase children's vocabularySchool-based IT-Co-ordinators' Role To document the benefits of the activity To document any difficulties that arose during the activity To share any worksheets or other materials that were useful To provide suggestions to other teachers for managing the activity effectively
Class Teacher's Role
To select a first or second class to participate in the activity (a teacher who has not used VC equipment before might be invited to participate) To liaise with twin school on selection of topic and day and time of link up. To assist with the setting up of video-conferencing equipment To encourage other teachers at the first/second class levels to try out the activity. To assist with the completion of an activity evaluation sheet.Suggestions: To assist pupils in preparing oral reports. This could entail discussion about the topic, the preparation of brief written notes, and practice in delivering oral reports. To select a small number of pupils (perhaps 3-4) to present their oral reports using the VC equipment. Children of differing abilities should be selected to present. To encourage children to follow up oral reports by asking the presenter questions that seek clarification or ask for more information. A small number of pupils should be selected in advance to do this. To complete an activity evaluation sheet. Communication with twinned school should be by e-mail It may be useful for class teachers to develop a worksheet to assist pupils in organising their ideas (an example is provided below). It may be helpful to follow up the oral language/reporting activity with an appropriate reading or writing activity
My Christmas Holidays
The best part of my Christmas holidays was when ________________________________________________________________
One of the things I did everyday during Christmas was
A funny thing that happened during Christmas was when
The best television programme I watched during Christmas was
I liked this programme because _________________________________________
I liked going back to school after the holidays because
3. How many pupils in your class prepared and presented reports on
this topic in preparation
for the video-conferencing activity?
|Improved pupils' ability to deliver oral reports|
|Increased pupils' attentiveness when listening to other pupils|
|Increased pupils' ability to respond effectively to news/reports delivered by other pupils|
|Increased pupils' vocabulary|
|Increased pupils' understanding of some of the qualities of an effective report|
|Increased own (teacher's) understanding of the operation of technology|
|Increased own understanding of the potential of Video-conferencing to develop pupils communication skills|
6. Please list any other benefits for you or your pupils that arose from the VC activity:
7. Please list any difficulties that arose in implementing the VC activity:
8. How could the VC activity be modified and/or improved to achieve the pupil objectives more effectively?
9. How often do you use computers in your teaching?