I recently wrote about Thinking About Learning Differently- Talking to Strangers, where I mentioned our third graders journey of skyping around the world to learn about different communities.
The goal is not to only collect cold data, but to:
-make connections between the different locations and communities
learn about geography
-talk “to strangers”, practicing speaking skills and conversation skills, be aware of body language…
-reflect on how and what we are learning
-invite a global audience (including parents and grandparents) to continue a conversation via the classroom blog