Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Technology has no Boundaries!

On Friday November 20th, our fifth graders were engaged in a face to face discussion with fourth grade students at the Arlene Fern Community School in Buenos Aires. With the magic of technology, we used Skype to interact with one another.
The Arlene Fern Community School is a reform Jewish school that contacted us through Mrs. Picus. (Mrs. Picus and the Arlene Fern Community School are both affiliated with PARDeS, The Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools). They wanted to connect with a school in the United States to compare not only schools but also, cultures.
Mrs. Williams and Ms. Kinion enlisted the help of Ms. Levi to organize the fifth graders’ participation. We gathered in the music room and surrounded the big screen as we connected with their school. Their teacher, Ms. Weigandt, greeted us with an enthusiastic introduction to her students. Our students were just as eager to greet them. Once the introductions were done we sang Shiru Shir. Our students were given a thunderous round of applause. Three of our students, Ashley, Jake, and Noah described our uniforms and talked about Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. After we answered some questions like, “What kind of food do you eat for Thanksgiving?” their fourth graders sang Hallelu. We cheered when they finished! Then it was time to say good-bye. Everyone involved in the project enjoyed the experience and look forward to connecting with each other again.
Bringing cultures together with the use of technology is one way we are moving our students into the 21st Century Technology Age.

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