What do second graders from Rocky River and New Town two schools in Union County, NC learn when they get together for a Skype session ? They teach each other about places miles and continents away that they are learning about this year. The students at Rocky River have been learning about Australia so they answered questions about animals, food, schools, sports and landmarks. They shared pictures and a song about a Kookaburra under a gum tree with New Town students. They shared about the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru/Ayers Rock and the Outback. The students had drawn pictures of Kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and koalas to share. Ms. Lologa asked about the special package that had arrived from Australia. We were surprised they knew about our Flat Selves arriving from Sydney. She mentioned they had looked at our Going Global blog site right before the skype. We were excited they had been one of our visitors. The second grade classes from New Town had several questions and shared a song and dance with us. Their teacher, Ms. Lologa, from New Zealand is a VIF teacher in Union County. There were two classes participating from New Town. Although our connection was not the best we still enjoyed sharing with them.
Ms. Lologa answered questions about New Zealand. Students counted in Maori for us. We hope to Skype again and have some more time to ask questions about New Zealand. Students asked about schools and volcanoes. They heard about landforms and sports like cricket and rugby.
When the Skype session ended one of the students mentioned he even saw a friend. Connections new and old being made all in a short time.