We enjoy connecting globally!
One thing that worked in our favour about “going global” was the ability to communicate with my daughter in Japan. Connecting with Sophie, who is an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Miyagi, Japan allowed us to become aware of time zones, lines of latitude and longitude, geography, school life in Japan and recently our knowledge extended to “plate tectonics” and the “[Pacific] ring of fire.” Our dialogue with Sophie in Japan gave us a starting point to begin connecting with classes on a global level.
Please see previous posts for activities we completed with Sophie. We skyped with Sophie and asked her questions. Neneng wrote a post about school in Toyoma-machi. We made a Smilebox presentation of the photos Sophie had shared with us during a skype call. We were dressed in our Halloween costumes so Sophie shared the photos she had of Halloween in Japan.
We were also able to set up pen pals with students at a junior high school in Toyoma-machi, Miyagi prefecture. We received letters that were hand written and letters that were sent electronically. Students enjoyed reading about the types of music Japanese students enjoyed and the names of their favourite bands. We also enjoyed connecting with students about the art they liked, sports they participated in as well as the food they enjoyed eating.
This post is part of Challenge 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge.