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January 3, 2009 Geography, Global Learning 93 Comments

I am really thrilled about the use of Skype in the classroom. You can tell by reading the last posts about Skype:

I would like to connect my students (PreK- through 6th grade)  in the next 6 months to at least 80 different schools in order to circle the globe once.

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Here is the idea:

  • Keep it short. Skype calls can be from one minute to no longer than 5 minutes.
  • The goal is to connect with at least 80 schools in different parts of the world. Some of the schools will be in the same country or even city.
  • Don’t stop until you have circled the globe with at least 80 different schools?
  • Let’s connect via Skype, just to say Hello , Hola, Ni Hao, Hallo, Shalom, etc.
  • Prepare with your students ahead of time, what you would share with the other school about your own and what questions would you ask? Remember you will only have up to 5 minutes for Q &A
    Examples:

    • What languages do you speak in the country you live in?
    • What continent are you on?
    • How do you say “?” ?
    • What is the nearest big city?
    • What is the name of your president?
    • What did you always wanted to know about our country?
  • We will keep track of the schools we connected with on Google Maps.
  • The goal is to do this in the next 6 months (January- June of 2009)
  • Will you help us out? Please fill out the following Google form, so I can contact you for


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  1. Roger J says:

    This is a fantastic idea! What a great way to get kids to see the big picture of a world of learners. We are just starting and look forward to meeting with you and other students around the world. Thanks, Sylvia!

  2. [...] meeting other classes across the globe, face to face, becomes a possibility. Sylvia Tolisano’s Around the World with 80 Schools Project is an amazing example of the ability to reach out and connect with all corners of the [...]

  3. [...] are enjoying the conversations through Sylvia Tolisano’s Around the World with 80 Schools Project and enjoyed talking to children in Chrissy Hellyer’s class at ISB, [...]

  4. [...] Around the World With 80 Schools: For this I plan to introduce the collaboration at a staff meeting and outline what is involved in participating in each video-conference “school visit.” I will seek out teachers each week by visiting personally and posting in the Monday staff newsletter. With the focus on the collaboration as a Lower School project planned and implemented by me, I hope to get more teachers on board to try out the waters. These visits will be celebrated through posting on a bulletin board display with a world map and shown on a slideshow containing audio and video of visits via the LCD monitor in the LS foyer. [...]

  5. [...] had our latest experience with the “Around the World with 80 Schools” project today, and it was a great “messy” experience. Well it wasn’t all [...]

  6. Jennifer Boatwright says:

    I teach Kindergarten in Hailey, ID and would love to Skype another classroom. Please email if you are interested. We love to Skype!

  7. [...] wanted to refer to conversations and research so I started with Silvia’s post where she shares the project and links to other related posts she’s [...]

  8. [...] up ideas that I will definitely be using. I’ve also signed up a couple of our learners for Around the World in 80 Schools project. We’re really looking forward to [...]

  9. Marina says:

    Hello!

    Have you already talked to 80 schools? I’m a brazilian journalist for Educar para Crescer website (www.educarparacrescer.com.br) and I’d like to write about your idea. Maybe some brazilian teacher get interested!
    What do you tihink about that?

    Many thanks,

  10. [...] joined me at 4:00pm to Skype a class in Jacksonville USA. The Jacksonville kids are doing a tour Around the World with 80 Schools. It was a real WOW experience for the boys as they saw and spoke to children so far away in real [...]

  11. [...] With Mr B link Langwitches link Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day link Hey Jude link Teacher Lab (Science) link Alison [...]

  12. [...] Around the World with 80 Schools. This teacher is hoping to connect schools around the world through short Skype sessions. [...]

  13. [...] Around the World with 80 Schools. This teacher is hoping to connect schools around the world through short Skype sessions. [...]

  14. [...] Around the World with 80 Schools. This teacher is hoping to connect schools around the world through short Skype sessions. [...]

  15. [...] Elementary de Morganton, Carolina del Norte en Estados Unidos. Seguimos participando en el proyecto “Con 80 escuelas alrededor del mundo” Ubicamos la escuela en el mapa, con Google Earth y luego a través de preguntas informarnos que [...]

  16. [...] a note to this gal in Australia, who wants to contact 80 countries over the next year.  She should have some [...]

  17. Rick Schoeny says:

    Looking forward to making contacts! I’ve been wanting to do this with my students for over a year!!!

  18. [...] was inspired by Silvia Tolisano’s Around the World in 80 Classrooms Project.  I want to connect via Video Conference (Skype, Polycomm, I can use a variety of platforms) to [...]

  19. Bonnie McMurtry says:

    I have a keen grade 4 class that has just started enjoying the benefits of skyping. I’d like to keep connecting our learning around the world!

  20. Leslie Montejano says:

    Hi! I do an Around the World theme every year and students research countries around the globe. I am looking to connect with other classrooms via the Internet/Skype. I would love to chat with you about what you are doing!

  21. Linda says:

    I am looking for a third or fourth grade class to Skype with.

  22. [...] ideas can be found on the following sites: Around the World with 80 Schools Skype Project 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the [...]

  23. Mari Naval says:

    Hola,

    I would like to use this to allow my elementary students to see the wonderful different cultures and languages around the world!

    Take care,

    Mari

  24. [...] the World in 80 Classrooms Ning and Blog - Silvia Tolisano’s blog and Ning all about her Around the World with 80 schools project.  [...]

  25. Oh_the_Places says:

    Hi Silvia,
    I wondered if you might have any connections with schools in S. America, Egypt, Greece, Italy or the Middle East. I’ve posted requests in so many places, so one more shouldn’t hurt, right? I appreciate the help!

  26. Langwitches says:

    @oh_the_places
    The best place to make connections is by joining the Around the World with 80 Schools Ning. http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.ning.com/. You did not leave an e-mail to contact you otherwise.

  27. [...] of the Around the World with 80 Schools participants have let me know of a ritual that they are observing at the start of a Skype [...]

  28. [...] langwitches blog describes a project where student connect to other classrooms around the world using skype.   [...]

  29. Prudence Baldwin says:

    I have tried to join the Around the World with 80 Schools Ning but keep getting a message that the site is not found. I am interested in connecting my students in Jacksonville Florida with a school in Central or South America that we could not only Skype with but could also support in some way.

  30. [...] Around the World with 80 Schools. Read this post for an inspirational way to use Skype in the classroom to connect your students with others around the world. [...]

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  32. [...] Around the World with 80 Schools introduced on the Langwitches blog challenges teachers to connect with 80 different schools via skype in order to circle the globe once.  [...]

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