Tour the White House

This is a student post by Liam and Noah.

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We have been learning about how to do screencasts and how to use Google Maps. We can go to different places throughout the world without leaving our school. So we want to share this video so you can take a tour of the White House.

We hope it inspires you to take many more tours of the world.

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Have you ever made a screencast before?

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Have you ever used Google Maps?

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What is your favorite place in the world?

Skyping Mrs. Kistler & the 49’ers

Hooray! Hooray! It’s Skyping Day!


Today our first group of Techie Kids had their first chance to Skype while they were at school. We were able to meet Mrs. Kistler and the 49er’s. We were so excited!


This year, 3rd graders learn about our great state of Michigan. We have worked hard to find out about Michigan’s natural resources, symbols, and landmarks. Today we were able to learn about Texas from kids who actually live there!

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This is a Google Earth screen shot of the 49er’s state taken by Ben.



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Madisyn used Google Maps to calculate the distance between our schools. We found out that we are 1,469 miles away, which was about a 22 hour drive. We thought we’d need to pack some snacks, like pretzels, for that drive!



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Here is some of what we learned:


One of Texas’ natural resources is oil.
They use salsa as frequently as others use ketchup.
The bluebonnet flower is a symbol of Texas and you better not be caught picking one on someone else’s land!
Summers in Texas are very hot.
Dr. Pepper was created in Waco, Texas.
The Alamo, Sea World, and the River Walk are some of their landmarks.
One of their state symbols is a Cowboy!
Ants in Texas bite!
You better double and triple check your backpack before you go anywhere…you just might find a stowaway scorpion!

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Check out our backchannel!

Today's Meet with the 49'ers by

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Our student photographers and videographers did an excellent job capturing the excitement!

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Thanks for a great learning call, 49’ers!

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What will you remember most about our Skype call?

What new facts did you find out?

Do you have any other questions you’d like to ask?