Let your students learn with a global focus by bringing the world into the classroom. Any age student will benefit from visiting with and learning from experts around the world or students in a classroom far away or around the corner. It doesn’t take a field trip to bring adventure and learning from a place away.
As a help to all teachers, SKYPE has provided a resource that you can use. SKYPE in the classroom provides ideas and a place to learn from others. Visit the website and see for yourself. There is a great informational video describing the use of Skype and students visiting with an elephant care taker. Quite enjoyable and a fun-filled 3 minutes.
Our students need to know about the world and function in a world that is much bigger than their neighborhood or city or country. Many say the world is becoming “flat” because of our ability to interact with all parts of it through technology and travel. Our challenge is to spur on their interest and creativity so their learning continues to help them be 21st century citizens and beyond.
Your students will be able to name questions they want to explore with their global partners if you give them a chance. A few examples on the link include: do other countries have the tooth fairy, how do potatoes grow, what season is it in your part of the world, etc.