Examples and Ideas

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The Examples and Ideas page contains examples of how people here at MIIS are already using Elluminate as well as offering suggestions for additional ways to make the most out of using Elluminate in your classroom.


Collaborative Story-Telling

Using Application Sharing, the Chat Window and the Whiteboard students and teachers can jointly create a story based on picture prompts.

  • Application Sharing enables both the student and the teacher to see the same pictures to talk about in real time. The pictures could be shared as a powerpoint slideshow or a photo movie or a variety of other methods from one computer to another.
  • The Chat window provides a way to record the elements of the story as they are created and then later save them into a text document that preserves them outside of Elluminate.
  • The Whiteboard can then be used to display the story so the teacher and student can review what they've created and edit it as they go.

All three elements work together quite nicely for creating a story over a distance and then preserving it for future use.
Other ideas for using these three aspects of Elluminate could be:
- Professionals or students from different locations collaborating for a conference or group presentation or writing a joint paper.
- Using these three tools to "dry run" a presentation or a lecture. 
Can you think of other ways that this same idea could be applied?

Integrated Skills Lessons

Using File Transfer, Application Sharing, the Whiteboard and the speaking function a variety of integrated skills lessons can be accomplished.

  • File transfer enables teachers to share audio clips with their students. Once opened on the student's computer, they can replay the clip as often as necessary to gain understanding.
  • Application sharing enables the teacher to share documents for the student to type into or simply read, whether these are fill in the blanks, cloze questions or multiple choice, whatever is the teacher's chosen means of requesting information.
  • Using the Whiteboard teachers can have pictures of vocabulary or terminology uploaded for the student to buidl upon, do matching activities with by using the drawing tools, text-box tools or other functions from the whiteboard toolbar.
  • Utilizing the speaking function enables further discussion of the topic at hand as well as enhances understanding between the teacher and student as they can ask for immediate clarification if necessary.

Many of these elements can be combined and re-combined in different ways to facilitate the type of lesson desired. For example application sharing could be used to send a webpage or a movie, while the file transfer can send the documents to be completed instead.

Other ideas for using these aspects of Elluminate could be:
- Using file transfer in a peer editing situation to review articles or short papers and receive immediate feedback.

- Using either application sharing or file transfer to share a movie, speech or other previously recorded presentation for students to discuss or review.