Academic and professional speaking is a critical form of expression for language learners. Students learn that language has power to connect; they feel empowered to extend their curiosity, with increasingly self-driven learning. Attached is a video my students considered one of their all-time favorites. In their video, they sought ocean experts to answer their questions. It resulted in Skypes w/ 2 responding oceanographers. Those conversations shifted student ideas of learning for the remainder of the year. They'd been inspired to question more, re-consider "audience" (now they had evidence were "real people" were out there!), and motivated to use more complex language. All from a "simple" video.. I now envision synchronous & asynchronous videos (for other time zones) to connect my highschool students for deepened academic conversation and responses to real-world issues. Ultimately, students will teach others how to create this same type of collaboration via their own best practices.

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4 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

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Hi Wendi! It's such a pleasure to "see" you here. You spoke beautifully about the video's impact on student learning. Have you experienced a similar scenario as an adult and/or an educator? Can you speak a little more about that?

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Hi, Val! Thanks, and yes, I can absolutely speak a little more about it. I've been learning in this same way--reaching out with my curiosity, and reaping the rewards of knowledge/ info from experts worldwide. So, I transferred those processes to my classroom--if I successfully learn this way, then it shows students how professional adults really operate in their jobs, using tech as a tool. We've used blogging and twitter to reach out, we've asked experts to visit, and have met other students online who are learning about similar topics. In other words, my professional learning has been passed on to students b/c I feel that they need the same opportunities to be professional learners. If they start thinking about how to extend their learning like this on their own, then I know my own professional learning has paid off in spades. It's a constant process of trying something, reflecting, and tweaking, although it's still heavy on the teacher side. The videos are useful for discussions, esp asynchronous use for different time zone collaboration, practicing oral presentations, and promoting teamwork. Helping students use videos effectively has helped me become a better teacher w/ time management, skill integration, and promoting student collaboration on multiple levels. Setting up much of this work has also encouraged me to learn about more tech tools, and to ask other teachers about their ideas/ suggestions. In other words, using videos in my classroom has been a major catalyst for my own learning as well as that of my students!

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