There maybe times when an educator is absent or when the class is working on the computers at their own pace. This however doesn't have to mean that the instructor will loose a day of teaching or give the same instructions over and over again, because there is a free online source to solve the problem, screencast-o-matic. A teacher can now lecture and record what is on their computer screen for students to view when needed. Additionally students can use this technology to make presentations and projects when applicable. Beneath is a video tutorial on how to use the website to create videos that can be uploaded and made accessible to the intended audience.
Video Chats have been connecting people from all over the world and cross country since the being of its creation so why not use it in the classroom. Using programs like Skype students can get access to university professors and field experts on specific content topics. Teachers can have these professionals give lectures, answer students questions, and provide detailed information. Additionally students can also research given topics and interview experts for projects. Another way to use these services to connect with other classrooms around the world, where students can teach each other, or learn about how topics maybe covered differently. Countless articles have been published on blog about using Skype such as the one on teachers for tomorrow, a good article from this blog can be found here.
While Skype is often thought of as the go to video chat there are other programs such as google hangouts and meetings.io these sites are free and meetings.io doesn't even require an account.
Some ways to get in touch with professionals is through the network created by using twitter or another great resource for connecting classrooms is epals. In epals students get their own email account teachers can oversee and through these they can send emails to students in other countries.
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