Skyping with Mrs. Webb-Scheers and The Classroom Connection!

This week, the Techie Kids were able to learn about New Brunswick, Canada from some very special friends. We were so excited to meet our Quad Blogging Buddies in The Classroom Connection! This was a super-exciting experience for our 52 fourth graders. It was their first time using Skype!

We asked 4WS to teach us about the jobs they have when they prepare for a Skype session. We read about all of their expertise and thought it would be important to hear what they have to say.


Click here to read about their jobs.

We found out that both of our classes were using posters created by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. I found out about her fantastic resources through Langwitches. Mrs. Webb-Scheers found out about them through Around the World in 80 Skypes.


Here is some of the information that The Classroom Connection think is important to research before Skyping with a class:


What is the main language spoken by the other class?


What is the weather like where they live?


They create 3 questions to ask the other class that cannot be answered by “yes” or “no.”


They never share the name of their school for Internet Safety.


They also shared with us that they have a local sports team called the Slammers.


We found out that they do have special classes like Music, Physical Education, Technology, and Art just like we do. Mrs. Moore thought it was great that they talked about using “21st Century Technology.”


We found out that they eat “poutine.” The Techie Kids had never heard of that food before. 4WS shared that is was French fries with gravy and cheese. Yum!


Poutine
Image by Joe Shlabotnik . Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Take a look at some of the pictures our student photographers took…

Skyping with The Classroom Connection on PhotoPeach


Thank you so much to our Canadian friends and Mrs. Webb-Scheers for helping us learn globally! I would also like to thank Mrs. Johns and Mr. Mittelstadt for letting me bring their classes back into the technology lab during their regular instruction time!


Tell me something you learned that you did not know before.


What do you think is the most important part about preparing for a Skype call?


Do you have any questions that were not asked during our time together?

Making Connections with Skype

Well, that was fun! We have to give a great big THANK YOU to Mrs. Watson and the 1/2/3’s! It was so nice to meet all of you. We had such a lovely time Skyping.
We learned many wonderful facts from our friends in British Columbia, Canada. Here are some of the highlights:


We both started blogging about the same time this year.
There are 38 students at A.J. Elliott Elementary and 328 at Sugarbush.
800 people live in their town and 11,000 live here.
Our temperature was 82° F (28°C) compared to their 52°F (11°C).
The 1/2/3’s live on an island and we live on a peninsula.
It was interesting to hear that they have wolves, birds, white-tailed deer, ocean life, and 1 unwanted grizzly bear!
We compared our Lake St. Clair to their Big Lake, which Mrs. Watson said was actually small!
The 1/2/3’s enjoy marbles, sports and swimming.
Their area is best known for 100 year old houses.
We learned that the 1/2/3’s take swimming lessons and it can be quite an adventure just to get to the pool. They take a ferry, walk to a bus, change at the pool, and then wait for the lifeguard!
We especially enjoyed listening to each other’s national anthems. The 1/2/3’s sounded fantastic as they sang “O Canada.” After the Techie Kids sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” both classes remarked that we felt like we were attending a hockey game! That was fun for both Canucks and Red Wings fans!

 

"And the Rockets' RED Glare..."

Image by matt.hintsa, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.o Generic License.

 

Here are clip’s Mrs. Watson found on YouTube with each of our countries national anthems.

 Canadas_National_Anthem_Accpella_Style!

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  National_Anthem_USA

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