Letting the Students Run the Show

Today the tag line that follows my blog title “Teaching with technology in a Gr. 7/8 classroom means sometimes you fly by the seat of your pants.” was relived-in a positive light. The Idea Hive, heading into another year, was set for our first Skype call at 10:55 EST.  While my teaching partner, Clarence Fisher, in Snow Lake, Manitoba, has very patiently tolerated the many snow days, and therefore class cancellations, we’ve put him and his students through over the past few years, I’m sure he (well, no one actually) expected today’s potential cancellation due to fog and bus delays, that almost offset our first classroom connection.

Actually, it was perfect! It gave me time to train two of my students, Jake and Riley, to run and broadcast the event live from our internet radio station, 105theHive  which I’d thought of while setting up this morning (there’s that “flying by the seat of your pants” mantra). They were awesome!

They had a 30 min. crash course on how to run Nicecast, then shown the link to CentovaCast as they loved the ability to see where listeners were tuning in from. They figured it out. Kids are like that with technology. And by the time the students arrived and were directed into the largest classroom that could hold all 80 +, we were right on time. Trust your students to run the technology and the show; it gives them a chance to demonstrate initiative, responsibility and …well, they are just darn proud of themselves!

Using the link below to jump over to the Idea Hive to view more pics and listen to the broadcast recorded live today.

New Connections in the Idea Hive 2013/14

K-12 Student Internet Radio #radio4learning