The new one room school


If privacy is an issue, you do not have to use your real name. And you can use a fun photo instead of your own.


On this computer screen you see 4 open windows: a word game, Google translate, a blog designed by the teacher for the students and the Skype window.


There are easy, free sites that can help you set up a blog. This gives students week long access to your lessons. We find Google Blogger the easiest to use.


Keep a translation program open during your lessons.


There are endless online read-ing sites, or grammar and word games (like Scrabble) available to you.


2) Where internet connections are weak, use only Skype voice without video. If the person with the poorer connection uses headphones and a microphone that resolves most sound issues. If your work space is noisy you’ll definitely want headphones to cut out any background noise.

1) You need to give yourself a Skype name. Your name becomes your home, or address, on Skype. It can be your name, or a made up name. Go to the Skype web site, download their free program, and follow the instructions for setting up your Skype home. Click here to go the Skype web site:   SKYPE

2) Once you have established a home, you can send an e-mail to your students to let them know your Skype name. Then you need to connect with each other on Skype. Open Skype. Within the Skype program find the word Contacts. Under Contacts find the Add Contact option and click on it. A window will open to let you enter the Skype name of a person (that may be their real name or a made up name). After you type in the person’s Skype name, click the “send request” to be added to that person’s contact list.


2) Be mindful of the time zones you’re dealing with and seasonal time changes if you are teaching students overseas.

1) Before a lesson begins, open up at least two windows on your screen: your lesson plan and an online translator. We recommend having a third “reserve” window open so you can quickly go to another site if needed. 

3) Be flexible and creative. If one day the video is causing a poor connection, then use only voice. If on another day the sound doesn’t work you can still keep going. Use the message box to do a written lesson that day. Write a story in English, for example. The teacher begins by typing one or two sentences and sends them to the student. The student types three or four more sentences and sends it back to the teacher. The teacher corrects the student’s mistakes and continues the story. These “spontaneous stories” are one of the most effect tools we use.



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