Connecting Classrooms

Cross-cultural learning through virtual exchange

A free, powerful teaching tool. 

Your students will:

 Share their culture.

Ask questions to their peers abroad.

 Interact and learn from each other.

Create videos for your partner school, then receive videos made by students abroad for your classroom.

ACTIVITY 1. School Tour & Education System

You and your classmates will create a video tour of your school, share about your daily routine, or create an informational video about the education system in your country.

See the Activity One Guide.

School and Education Activity

ACTIVITY 2. Best Town for a Homestay

You and your classmates will create a promotional video to convince your peers why your city or town is the best place for a homestay experience.

See the Activity Two Guide.

Homestay in Chicago Video

ACTIVITY 3. Student Daily Life  

You and your classmates will create videos to share about daily life as a teenager in your country – from where your friends like to hang out on the weekends to your favorite family meals.

Spanish Home Tour

ACTIVITY 4. Issues for Contemporary Youth

You and your classmates will present an issue that affects youth in your community. From local issues like youth activism in your school system to global challenges such as climate change or youth immigration, choose a topic that you’re passion about and start a dialogue with your peers abroad to learn their perspective.

Youth Issues

Start your virtual exchange.

Connecting Classrooms is a FREE program.
To get started, please fill out an interest form below:

FAQs

How should students submit videos?

We recommend that students upload their videos to the school’s approved LMS or the learning/communication platform used within the classroom. Students should not send their videos directly to the students at their partner school.

How should teachers share the videos with their partner school and with Forum?

Teachers will need to discuss and agree upon a secure and safe platform on which to exchange videos. Please check with your school administration to see pre-approved platforms in your school. There are various options like DropBox, Google Drive, Sharepoint and Flipgrid. We do not recommend sending videos as email attachments as there are limitations to the file size able to be sent.

What language should the students use in the videos?

Teachers will decide with their partner school the language for each video activity. Teachers can opt to do all activities in the target language, or can take a blended approach where the first video is completed in the student’s primary language and the second activity is completed in the target language.

Should students work individually or in groups? How many students can participate?

Students can create videos individually or in groups, and there is no participation limit. However, we recommend that teachers discuss beforehand how many videos their school will create for each activity and confirm that their partner school will be able to respond appropriately to the number of videos received.

What is the recommended video length and what needs to be included in the videos?

We recommend videos be 2 to 4 minutes in length and aimed at middle and high school students in Spain & France studying English. The video format should include:

  • Introduction
    o Introduce yourself/group members (first name only)
    o Explain the purpose of the video e.g. “Today we will tell you/show you…”
  • Presentation & discussion of topic
  • Ending – What questions do you have for your peers abroad?

What should I clarify with my partner teacher before starting?

Once you receive the contact information of the teacher at your partner school, we encourage you to schedule a video or phone call to discuss the following:

• How and when will you share the videos for the first activity with each other?
• What language will the students at each school use for the first video activity?
• How many videos will your school send for the first video activity?
• When will you send your students’ responses to the questions asked by your partner school in their videos?

What if a student is unable to participate in the video sharing?

If a student is unable to participate or prefers not to create a video, they can share the same information through a slideshow presentation, infographic, drawing, poem, or whatever creative channel they prefer to express their ideas.

Apart from sharing videos, what does the virtual exchange include?

Connecting Classrooms involves both sharing videos and responding to the videos that your class receives. Additionally, teachers can arange a virtual class visit with a Forum staff member to present the program to students and provide them with their first “cultural exchange.” In May 2021, schools will also have the option to participate in a virtual “mixer” between classrooms.

What is Forum Language Experience’s role in the virtual exchange?

Forum Language Experience facilitates the connection between classrooms in the U.S., France and Spain, utilizing its relationships with local teachers. The Forum team will support teachers throughout the project and will also be looking for feedback from teachers and students on how to improve the pilot program.

Are there any example videos?

Yes, you can see examples of videos created by students on our YouTube page.

12. Do you have an example of a grading rubric?

Yes, here’s a sample rubric:

 

CONNECTING CLASSROOMS RUBRIC

 

Presenters’ Names: _______________________________________________________________

Link to video: ___________________________________

 

Content (70 points)

Max. 

Points

Points

Earned

Comments
Introduction includes your name and purpose of video. 5
Topic is fully covered, answering at least 4 questions from the topic list. 30
Ending includes questions you have for students in Spain & how they can ask you questions. 5
English & Spanish transcripts are accurate and correct. 30
TOTAL 70             / 70

 

Video Presentation (30 points)

Points Earned Above Satisfactory/

Exceeds Requirements

(8-10)

Satisfactory/ Meets Requirements

(5-7)

Below Satisfactory/ Does not meet requirements

(0-4)

VIDEO ORGANIZATION Presenter is well prepared and organized. Presenter is mostly prepared and organized. Presenter is unprepared, presentation is unorganized.
VOICE AND ENERGY Presenter speaks in loud voice and shows enthusiasm Presenter speaks

clearly but some of the presentation is read.

Difficult to hear presenter. Most or all of the presentation is read from script.
VISUAL PRESENTATION & CREATIVITY Video shows creativity and includes a variety of settings and props/graphics that add value to the presentation. Presentation uses some settings or props/graphics that add value to presentation. Presentation does not include any settings, images or props that add value to presentation.
TOTAL      /30  Additional comments:

 

 

 

 

OVERALL TOTAL:  ____ /100