The following presentation provides information about:
- Why the project was created,
- The project's goal and aims,
- How it will be organised and managed,
- How schools can be invovled.
INTRODUCING POSTCARD PROJECT TO YOUR CLASS
The first activity is to introduce the postcard project to your class. The following short video will give an quick overview of the process.
NEXT IS THE INTRODUCTION ACTIVITY: Introduce your class to everyone.
All schools involved in the Postcard Activity are required to complete the Introduction Activity. Please go to the SCHOOLS INVOLVED page to find instructions on how to create a Hello Song and share with others.
NOW TO CREATE THE POSTCARDS: TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS PART 1 - CREATING AND SENDING POSTCARDS
You can access the postcard list of schools HERE.
CREATING POSTCARDS: The children can purchase or make a postcard (this is for the class to decide alongside practicalities of cost). Most schools are creating their own postcards.
The postcard should be handwritten in your country's language with the following information: Hello Everyone at the start, some information, a question then Goodbye Everyone. Reason that this format is used is so that everyone will be able to understand the first and last words, Makaton will be used and it keeps everything simple.
VIDEO/ AUDIO RECORDING: Next video what has been written with the words said in your own language., remember to sign and say the Hello and Goodbye Everyone - Here is the link to the video with the signs: Hello Everyone and Goodbye Everyone. If recoding children via video is problematic due to gainig permissions, then you can simply record the audio without the makaton. The camera device on an iPad or similar device can be used for recording the video or audio.
SHARING VIDEO: Upload your video online to Youtube or Google Drive. If you upload to Youtube remember to select unlisted and to select the options for no comments. You now have a link to share your video by QR code. To create a QR Code 1 that links to your video, go to a QR code creator site online, for example, QR Code Generator. Print and stick on the postcard. Remember to place a number 1 beside this QR code. You might also want to place a shrtened version of the website address under the QR code before you print it for schools that have problems with wifi or handheld devices. The following webiste can be used to shorten long URLs: BITLY. This technical part is an excellent digital lesson to teach some basic digital skills.
Create an online page that the translation into English of what was written on the postcard, information about your school and country. Create QR Code 2 to link to this page and place on your postcard. Remember to place number 2 beside this QR code. Please do not link to your Facebook page or school page as this is all about your postcards project.
Below is an example of a Padlet Page that Ruth Sanders created for her class. To go to the actual page click HERE.
Take a picture of the front and back of the postcard incase it gets lost in the post. You could place these pictures on your class Postcard page.
Send the postcard and let the Postcard Team know that you have sent it, but do not let the school know that you have sent it. The reason for this is that teachers like to receive surprises too.
Sit back and wait three weeks for a response. If you have not heard from the school by three weeks, please contact the teacher to find out if they have received your postcard. If not, you may wish to send them the two pictures you took of the fron and back of the postcard.
TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS PART 2 - RECEIVING POSTCARDS
AND NEXT STEPS
When you receive a postcard, let the Postcard Team know, this could be by email or the FB group, and also let the teacher who sent it know. This is importnat if you wish to send or receive more postcards.
Share with your pupils and capture the exciting learning that happens. You can place these on your class Postcard School Page. At this stage, place a link to your Postcard School Page on the Postcard Map: CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE MAP.
Contact the teacher who sent the postcard and decide how you would like the pupils to respond to the question that ws on the postcard - email, another postcard, video, video conference etc. The choice is between the two teachers.