To try and connect some of the classes in our school, I want to use the stimulus that engages every child and most adults… Christmas! The idea is simple, classes from around the world link up via Skype and other media to share their experiences of Christmas covering everything from local and national traditions, school celebrations, weather, food and festivities. The project has the potential to cover ICT, history, geography, Literacy and PSHCE skills while giving the children a unique experience of learning about the lives of others from around the world.
It would be a great exercise for children to think carefully about questions, present their traditions in different and creative ways. I am more than happy to welcome as many schools as possible however to really reach the potential of the idea, schools should really try to link with other schools from a different country.
We have also linked this project with the Global Classroom Project and The Frugal Teacher who has started a similar project here. She has used a VoiceThread conversation: Teachers and students will create new slides on the Voicethread by uploading pictures, videos, and voice recordings. Students will also ask questions and make comments slides to generate conversation.
Below is a running list of participating schools with contact details for teachers to then contact each other and arrange a suitable time to link with each other and also the VoiceThread conversation.
I hope this will provide a enriching learning experience and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!