WWU education students use video conferences to teach students in Hannibal and Taiwan

William Woods University education students are using video
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.

The William Woods students participating in the joint
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.
In the past, Wen has used the same technology for
WWU students to teach Taiwanese schoolchildren. He also has taken William Woods students to Taiwan for
pre-student teaching experiences.
Using video conferencing, the WWU students are teaching
social studies and language arts to a total of nine middle school classes this
Students are also creating WebQuest, an inquiry-based online
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.
During the educational technology course, “Students
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.
“Applying such knowledge and skills to real
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.” 


Katie Steiner, a 2009 WWU graduate, who teaches at Hannibal
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.
“Allowing my sixth-grade students to connect and communicate
with others using video conferencing opens the world to them,” Steiner said. “It
makes learning about other cultures and people realistic.”
“Technology is something that can be a powerful
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,”
explained Wen.
“Learning how to use technology is one thing,
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.”
William Woods University students Ilissa A Facchini of
Tulare, Calif.; Isaiah Washington of Fulton, Mo.; and Nick Hoover of Kingdom
City, Mo., teach a lesson.
Taiwanese seventh-graders learn language arts from William
Woods University students using video conferencing.