For Grand Forks 5th graders, the 21st century version of ‘pen pals’ | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

[Excerpt]: "Standing in front of a computer screen, fifth-grader Hannah SnoBeck of Ben Franklin Elementary in Grand Forks held up a page of her homework. Above her, the blurred image of students in Kongsvinger, Norway, filled a projection screen.  “This is what our math work looks like,” she told them. “We’re working on circle graphs in math. On the back, we have long division problems for practice.”


Using video conferencing software Skype, the two fifth-grade classrooms bridged thousands of miles between them Tuesday as they displayed their notebooks, textbooks and other bits of their daily life to each other in a more modern version of a pen pal arrangement.  Ben Franklin is the only school in the district that currently uses Skype for international discussion and the results have been positive."