Wilson First Graders Use Skype
First grade students at Wilson Elementary used a form of social media to enhance their learning. Under the direction of librarian Debra Marshall, first graders formed a mock Geisel Committee with plans to share their findings with another mock committee of first graders at Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY.
Each year the Theodor Seuss Geisel Committee awards the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. The award is named for the world-renowned children's author, Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Award winners are recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.
Both the Wilson and Berkeley Carroll first graders read 25 books from the 2010 Geisel Committee list and selected their top five choices. Wilson students Matthew C., Morgan C., Maggie C., Mason M., and Ryan Kate B. shared their book selections with the class in New York using Skype. (Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls and video conferences over the Internet.) Using laptops and screen projectors, the students at both schools were able to watch presentations and communicate about the books from thousands of miles away.
As a part of the district's Strategic Plan, teachers throughout CISD, at all grade levels, are looking for innovative ways, like this, to use technology to enhance the curriculum. (Click here to view the CISD Strategic Plan brochure.)