We started off the morning with a surprise Skype from a new friend all the way over in--wait for it---Nepal! We chatted for about 15 minutes, and it's surprising how much information can be swapped in such a short amount of time. AND how it inspires conversation throughout the day! (Of course, some students told their other teachers they "scraped" another class, but they finally know the word "Skype".) ;)
The second exchange was with a 3rd/4th class in Quebec,Canada, who are reading the same book as we are as part of the Global Read Aloud 2012. My normally chatty 3rd graders donned their "shy" costumes and barely said a word for the first 15 minutes. Then, all of a sudden they all wanted to talk when they realized how this whole "Skyping thing" worked. Those few minutes really showed them how important it is to listen to others' questions, and how to think before responding, and asking followup questions. Such important life skills, which had remained a mystery for some reason until this little session.
Something both groups of my students noticed was that everyone else we spoke with today speaks more than one language, just like them. The Nepali girls actually speak 4 languages--very impressive!!
Here are some pictures of our Skyping session. Come back tomorrow for opinions and feedback from the students about Skyping and meeting new people.
|Our first Skyping session (ever!), discussing The One and Only Ivan with|
a combination 3rd/4th grade class in Quebec, Canada.
|2 of my students explaining a poster they created on their own, |
at home, about the main characters in the book.
|A view of our Smartboard, showing the class in Quebec, as well|
as our class in the right hand corner.
|Absolutely captivated by the discussion--this group was not shy at all!|
|Skyping with Govinda, a Nepali teacher and "school principal",|
and his daughter in Nepal. They are 9:45 ahead of our time!