The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Sophie Goldwasser

Skyping with the South African students in Mr. Gatoux’s class (11/28)

 

On the Monday following Thanksgiving break, my Spanish class had the rare opportunity to video chat with students from our sister school in South Africa.  Before talking with them on Skype, we had only communicated through blog entries, exchanging questions about what life is like in our respective countries.  For example: a normal school day.  In my mind, school goes from eight to three, in which time we take six or seven classes, halfway through, breaking for lunch.  Simple, right?  Well, did you realize that right now, our South African friends are on summer break and will be until February?  They were so excited to talk to us that they came back to school after their exams were over and sang their national anthem for us—twice!  And, because we were returning from Thanksgiving break, we had a perfect opportunity to share some of our traditions with them as well.  One part of this experience that impacted me was learning how similar we were, despite the cultural and geographical separation.  All of us enjoy Modern Family, the Kardashians, and pop music—just not anything sung by Justin Bieber!  For me, this experience broke down the cultural barriers that separated us from creating a global friendship.  I appreciated the opportunity to experience that type of global unity and I hope we get another chance to Skype with them again soon!

Views: 119

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Shane Wills posted a blog post

Certified SOA Security Specialist

A Certified SOA Security Specialist creates security extensions for current service-oriented architectures (SOA) with his/her expertise in security practices, patterns, and industry technologies.This individual is very knowledgeable about regularly occurring security vulnerabilities and threats linked to service-oriented solutions and new service technologies.In addition to resolving obvious security issues, specialists also identify security flaws by identifying problems beforehand.Certified…See More
4 hours ago
Catrin Cooper posted a blog post

Top Ways Computer Games Effect Student Creativity Choices

There are many unique kinds of games being invented daily. In order to comprehend how video games fit into a favorite cultural environment, we have to first distinguish that which we mean by popular culture. They could be a good way to motivate kids. Since a lengthy time, they have been blamed for a lot of things. Although they are the main cause of a mild health crisis, it's important to know that their effect can be controlled and lowered. They could be a good help in kids education. To fully…See More
yesterday
Shane Wills posted a blog post

ATM Field Service Technician

Downtime is kryptonite to ATM merchants. Every transaction your machines make helps to maintain your enterprise’s cash flow and secure your profit margins. When your machines encounter faults, this can be catastrophic for your business if not dealt with expediently.An ATM Field Service technician can get you up and running again quickly and efficiently. If you’re still on the fence about the benefits of these highly…See More
yesterday
James Owens posted a blog post

Popular Career Choices

The question, which career path to choose is the one that almost all people face at some point in their lives. Especially after graduation from college or university, students tend to be on tenterhooks regarding which career path they wish to pursue. Of course, their degree or discipline of choice helps in deciding that to a large extent. However, despite their choice of…See More
yesterday
James Owens updated their profile photo
yesterday
Profile IconJanet Harris, Melva Bishop, Michael Carpenter and 1 more joined The Educator's PLN
Sunday
Kimberly Schneider joined Shelly Terrell's group
Thumbnail

Edchat

Join this group to extend the discussion of edchat topics!
Friday
Kimberly Schneider shared a profile on Facebook
Friday

© 2019   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service