As in previous years, I decided to take part in the Code.org #HourOfCode with my classes this year. If you’ve not heard of the HourOfCode before have a look at the video below.
Through Twitter I got in touch with the Faculty Head of ICT at St Louis School of Milan who had ambitious plans to link international classrooms together during the HourOfCode week. After a few Google Hangouts to discuss the plans we were ready to go. We all made introduction videos which were to be played to the other classrooms at the beginning of the period, after this we had a live link up between the classes.
The students at my school were definitely a bit on the shy side compared with those in Milan, however they enjoyed answering questions from the pupils at St Louis, and were really interested to hear about the multi-national classes in Milan.
Having seen how seamless the Hangout was, I’ve now got big plans to extend the use of Google Hangouts in the school. My first step is to get the school signed up to a Google Apps for Education account and issue all pupils & staff with a Google Account. Once that’s done I’d love to have regular hangouts with classrooms around the world as well as experts in various curricular areas.