New Book inspired a global classroom connection.
One afternoon, while watching a lesson in first grade, the teacher was reading one of our new Interactive Read Aloud books purchased this year to support our Literacy Initiative. The book was titled “To Be a Kid” by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko. The book has pictures of children engaging in various activities from around the globe. This book is one of several in a text set with an overarching theme of celebrating diversity.
Mrs. McCray, in her planning of this lesson, thought it would be enriching if they could connect with another class from around the world and perhaps read the book together. She sent out a request on Twitter and received several replies. One of those replies was a school in Camden, Australia. Mrs. McCray connected with the teacher and found out that they too were a bucket filling school. They had not heard of the book, but still wanted to participate in the project. The teacher from Australia also shared that her class was made up of students that were deaf.
Through the Seesaw app on the iPads, Mrs. McCray shared the book and in return received pictures of the students from Camden. Through this digital connection Mrs. McCray’s class was able to see what it was like to be a student in Australia. Cline students then grabbed their iPads and took some pictures around our school writing captions to share with the students in Australia. Mrs. McCray also said that the class now has an additional goal to learn some sign language to send a message to the students of Camden.
Who knows, some of our students might go on to learn sign language, thereby opening up a whole new world of possibilities.