After trying to encourage (without much luck) our teachers to join one of the #globalclassroom projects in The Global Classroom Project 2012, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and create my very own project that linked in with an area of our curriculum. This is what I came up with (the post from The Global Classroom Project blog):
“Karen Stadler from Cape Town, South Africa is keen to get her Grade 4s connected with the global community. Each year the Grade 4s at her school do a Crazy Crazes project where they look at the current crazes in their school, and amongst their peers in South Africa. They also interview their parents and grandparents to find out what was fashionable and the craze of the day when they were children. This project only happens later in their school year (September), but they would like to open it up to the world right now!
They’d like to invite children from classes (Grades 4 – 7; ages 9 – 12) around the world to give them an idea of what is popular and fashionable in their part of the world. They are asking the following questions:
- What games are you playing with your friends at school/home?
- Are you collecting cards/stickers/toys?
- Is there a particular pastime that is popular at the moment?
- What about favourite TV programmes or characters?
- Are there any popular books that you are reading?
- Is there any particular style of clothing or brand that is very popular?
- Any other exciting crazes where you are?
They would love you to share your experiences with them!
Although the American and European schools are coming to the end of their school year, the project will run until June 2013, so there will be time for them to take part in the new school year.
In the meantime, if there are any Southern Hemisphere schools (Australia, New Zealand, South America etc.) out there who would like to participate, feel free to join in!
Please email Mrs Stadler or tweet her @ICT_Integrator if you might be interested in participating in this global learning project, or if you have anything you’d like to share. Alternatively, go to the Global Classroom Wiki for more details about the project.”
So far six schools have signed up and I am hoping for more, especially from South America, Australia and New Zealand. Here’s hoping for a successful project with many global connections!
On Saturday I will be doing ThinkQuest training presented by Fiona Beal at Fish Hoek Primary School. ThinkQuest is a free, protected, online platform for teachers and students, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation. It includes an online project environment, competitions for students, and a library of content created by students. Take a look here: http://www.thinkquest.org/en/
It all looks very exciting and I have a project growing in my mind, so I am looking forward to Saturday!