Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

January 20, 2008

Team-Teaching at a Distance

Filed under: Web 2.0 — Donna DesRoches @ 9:30 pm
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At the Living Sky School Division’s middle years Inquiry Workshop on Thursday I learned about a really cool teaching assignment and a cool tool.

Jim Ellis from Connaught Community School and Kimberly Brown from Haultain Community School in Regina are team-teaching creative writing with their grade 7’s. YES! -team teaching in two different cities. They are sharing the design of the assignment, the assessment, and the marking as well as responding to the students who are using blogs to post their writing.

This is a comment that one student left on Jim’s blog.



picture-7.pngI also learned about the cool tool from Jim. I had heard about JumpCut before but had never seen it used. JumpCut is an online video editing tool which lets you capture video and edit it online. Both Jim and Kim used JumpCut to introduce their writing assignment for the week. Kimberly asked students to introduce themselves and Jim used his web cam and JumpCut video effects to explain the week’s assignment.

Jim’s grade 7 students are also participating with five other classes from around the world in a collaborative project about the Idtarod. They plan to have this project underway in early February. Kudos to Jim, Kim and the other teachers for breaking out of the classroom walls and facilitating learning through global conversations, collaboration and creation.



  1. Thanks for the info. I wish I could have been there. (Grade six isn’t middle years????) Keep me posted on what happens.

    Comment by Patricia Cone — January 21, 2008 @ 1:13 am | Reply

  2. How did you find classrooms from around the world to work with?

    Comment by Mavis Hoffman — January 27, 2008 @ 7:32 am | Reply

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