conferencing this semester to teach Hannibal sixth-graders about the ancient
civilizations of the Maya, Inca and Aztec. Students also use the same delivery
method to teach language arts to Taiwanese seventh-graders.
learning project with Hannibal Middle School and Taiwan Young-Ming Middle
School are enrolled in EDU 211, Educational Technology, taught by Dr. Roger
Wen, associate professor of education and business.
WWU students to teach Taiwanese schoolchildren. He also has taken William Woods students to Taiwan for
pre-student teaching experiences.
social studies and language arts to a total of nine middle school classes this
learning activity. WebQuest permits middle school students to conduct online
research on specific topics designated for different class subjects. Students
use their research to make PowerPoint presentations or Venn diagrams. Students
are then able to present their research to their teachers and peers.
have to learn how to create a website, but they create it so that it ties into
the education setting. It allows for the integration of learning from
technology to other content areas,” Wen explained.
teaching will certainly be a memorable experience for them,” Wen said.
“Students are also able to use this experience and improve their own learning
in the future and make themselves better teachers.”
Middle School, helped coordinate the project. While a student at William Woods,
Steiner participated with Wen in a similar video teaching experience with Taiwanese
elementary children. She later traveled to Taiwan to meet the children and
teach them in person.
with others using video conferencing opens the world to them,” Steiner said. “It
makes learning about other cultures and people realistic.”
tool to assist the teaching and learning processes. It is also a required
standard for our students to meet if they want to be certified as teachers,”
but using it in a real teaching situation is another. Using technology
like this will allow my students to remember it for a long time.”
Tulare, Calif.; Isaiah Washington of Fulton, Mo.; and Nick Hoover of Kingdom
City, Mo., teach a lesson.
Woods University students using video conferencing.