A great article about how one teacher is using social media to improve his elementary school class. Click through for the rest!
Sapia, known throughout the school district for his technological prowess, first learned about Mystery Skype through Twitter and brought it to his classroom to strengthen students’ geography skills. Here’s how it works: Sapia finds a teacher from another state through Twitter or another social media avenue and sets up a time for the students to video chat through Skype’s video-conferencing platform.
The students prepare a variety of hints about which state they live in — everything from weather to topography and sports trivia — and present them to students in the other school during the video session; the goal is to correctly guess which state the other classroom respresents.
In Sapia’s classroom, the students take it seriously. Some park in front of large maps, others camp out on computers, ready to type clues into Google and Wikipedia.