We had our first video call with Mrs. Obach’s Grade 1 class in Hamiota today. We had some difficulty with our video calling tools so we ended up alternating between Google Hangouts and Facebook video caller (our network settings kept blocking my video camera). Both are excellent options for collaboration…Facebook has fantastic video quality and Google Hangouts has the ability to share your screen with the other members of the call. Skype remains a favourite tool, but isn’t set up on my new computer.
Leah and I decided that it was important to connect early in the year and establish norms for video calls. The students worked together to generate a list. Mrs. Obach’s Grade 1s took responsibility for recording our ideas, and my kindergarten students added images to the list.
Take a look at our guidelines for a good video call!