Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stream Teaching part 1-- A New Adventure

This year, I am trying something that I've never done before, and I've only seen done by one other school.  Now, this isn't to say this type of teaching isn't being done around the country or world, but I've not seen anything like it before.  We've combined the aspect of team teaching with live streaming to create our "Stream Teaching."  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this project.

So what exactly is this "Stream Teaching?"  I am partnering with a teaching at one of the lowest performing schools in our district.  Through this partnership, we will be team teaching our classes a few days a week using a program, Safari Montage, Live!  David is a brand new teacher and thus a first time AP Human Geography teacher.  David and I will be connecting our classrooms by live streaming both of them.  I will begin the teaching process since David is learning not just content, but also classroom management and other skills you pick up your first year teaching.  So, David's students will be watching me teach the lesson just as if they were in my classroom with my students.  I will be projecting his class on a screen on my side wall so that the classes can interact with each other when the time comes.  My goal is to not create two individual classes, but one class on two campuses that are interacting and learning together.  I don't want this to be just a class for David's students where they just watch me teach and watch my students learn.  I want to create an environment where the students are seamlessly learning together.  I want them to know each other and learn from each other.

I cannot wait for the first lesson to happen.  We're almost there.  I will be posting about this experience throughout the year.  Hopefully, you will join us on our adventure this year!