Students can benefit greatly with a link partner or school based globally or in another part of the country, giving them a chance to speak to people from a different background, and ask questions about their environment. Both students and teachers become exposed to a different way of learning and teaching, which can help them all look at their own perceptions.
A broadening of the curriculum will naturally occur once communication is established with your new link, it may take some work, but it will be worth it for all involved.
It might feel like an overwhelming task when you sit down to start finding another school to link with, but there are a few things to take into consideration before you jump in: –
Your initial discussions with any potential link/partner school may just be via e-mail, it is of course a very quick and handy way to communicate. However, it can be impersonal, and often hard to get across your tone (excited hopefully!) Maybe the next step is to phone them, however that can often cost, a great way to avoid the cost and issues with e-mail is to simply video conference them with 3CX webmeeting.
Webmeeting comes with Rocket UC’s solutions, at no extra cost as its an industry leading video conferencing system. It’s very easy to use, and there is no need for the person at the other end (or you) to download anything at all, it’s just based right in your Chrome or Firefox browser that most computers have installed already.
It takes one click to instantly start a webmeeting, from there you can easily e-mail an invite over to your new colleagues and get things going right away.