Connecting Classrooms through Skype

It all started with a simple comment on a blog. Recently, I started reading a blog of another international school teacher’s blog in Saudi Arabia through the two writing teachers slice of life challenge on Tuesdays. I found out that she was also a fifth grade teacher. I left her a comment, asking if she would be interested in collaborating with our class. After a few e-mails, we decided to create a google document where we would write questions for each other. So we had our first Skype session this afternoon (morning for them).

It was great as my students learned about their life, culture and school in Saudi Arabia. We also shared about our lives in Korea and our school. I think one of the funniest parts was when we taught them some words in Korean (hello, teacher & student) and when they repeated it, my students did the Korean “oooooooh” in unison. They were so impressed by their good pronunciation! Towards the end of our Skype session, one of my students asked me if we could ask them what book they are doing for their read aloud. We didn’t have a chance to ask them, but it seems like it could be a good topic to discuss the next time we Skype with them!

Here are some more resources for finding global collaboration opportunities!

Skype in the classroom

Epals global community

ilearn

The Global Read Aloud

Global Collaboration Project

Earth, as Seen by Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt from Apollo 17

Connecting to the world through Skype!

the beginning of a beautiful blog

We would like to officially welcome you to our blog! (I promise that, that will be the only exclamation point I will use in this post, no one likes to be yelled at… even if it is with excitement.) When Jee Young approached me with the idea of co-authoring a teaching blog last September, I am pretty sure I agreed before she finished her sentence. For one thing, we both love blogging, for another, we are incredibly talented teachers (okay… Jee Young may be the brains of the operation, but I bring my own special charm- as people like to tell me… I also bring a LOT of parentheses), and lastly, we are excited to share our ideas.

Our main goal is to tap into the international community. We know there are a lot of amazing things happening in classrooms around the world. Teachers are continually finding ways to build their daily lessons around culture differences; teachers are continually looking for ways to work with these culture differences instead of against them. We want to be a part of that.

At the moment, both Jee Young and I are working at an international school near the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea. Next year, Jee Young will be teaching fifth grade in Singapore, and I will (hopefully) be teaching in a second grade classroom in the heart of Seoul. Join the ride and enjoy! (shoot, one last exclamation point…)

Ready for the world to be a part of twoapplesaday.org!

The Global Read Aloud Project

One of the things that I love about technology is that as an international teacher it allows me to connect with classrooms all over the world! One of my professional goals this year was to find more opportunities to connect and build relationships with other teachers and classes outside Korea through the use of technology.

This past September, through the Global Read Aloud Project, I connected with classes from Canada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Australia, and more. It was really fun for my students to connect with all these different students while reading the same book, Tuck Everlasting. We communicated through edmodo, skype, wikispaces and blogging.

I know it’s a bit early, but I would highly recommend you start thinking about whether you want to join and sign up for the Global Read Aloud Project 2012 here!