Collaborative Classroom Connection Features The Mitten Project

Ms. D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, left, introduces Countrywood’s first-graders to their new learning buddies in Oswego, NY.
Ms. D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, left, introduces Countrywood’s first-graders to their new learning buddies in Oswego, NY.
 The very latest in live video conferencing software enables a wonderfully creative environment where students can collaborate with anyone, anywhere.
The very latest in live video conferencing software enables a wonderfully creative environment where students can collaborate with anyone, anywhere.

This past week students in Ms. Schwartz' first grade class at Countrywood Primary Center and Mr. Schmidt's third grade class at Maplewood Intermediate School collaborated with two other classrooms across New York State.  The first graders participated in a live video conferencing session with students at Frederick Leighton Elementary in Oswego, and the third grade students collaborated with students at Troy PS 18 in Troy. 

Collaborative online projects are a great way to motivate students and reach outside the classroom where students can share their ideas with other students around the globe. Students can do book reviews, post reports, or share informational projects. They may even want to join a reading project like Ms. Schwartz class and Mr, Schmidts' classes did!

Prior to the video conferencing session, each class read the story "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. The classes then researched each animal in the story and wrote clues about them. Connecting via a video conference, hosted by Mrs. D'Elia, the District’s Instructional Technology Specialist, each class guessed what animal the other class has hidden in their mitten by the clues given.

This interactive learning project encouraged active reading through book- technology connections!