Connecting with Tasmania!

Connecting with Tasmania!

Oh my goodness, Room 207 – we are very popular!

A school in Tasmania, Australia wants to hear our thoughts about Celebrations Around the World. (Remember we tried to leave them a comment on their voicethread before Songkran and it wouldn’t let us?)

We think the VoiceThread will work now so give it a go from home.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t work – we’ll try from school.  The VoiceThread is embedded below and I’ve also included the direct link to the VoiceThread as well.

Don’t forget that it’s not just Thailand Celebrations they would like to hear about.

You can share any celebration that you and your family may do every year. You might also like to include your favourite celebration from a country that you used to live in.

Making a Connection with Madrid!

Hey there Room 207’s!

A class of 3rd graders from ASM (American School of Madrid) would love to connect with us!  Isn’t that exciting?  They have made some “Children of the World” books that they would love to share with us, and they would love it even more if we left them some comments.

This is the link to their class blog:
Scroll down to find the posts that have Children of the World in the title.  Click on the title and you will be taken to a blog post by a 3rd grade student.  Leave them a comment and don’t forget to include your blog URL in the comment so that they can visit your blog!


Mother Nature Project

Remember a few months ago, when we wrote a verse about lending mother nature a hand for a collaborative project with The American International School of Muscat in Oman? It fit quite well in with Our Fragile Earth unit of study didn’t it?

Mr Mongardi has been able to put together all of the verses that schools around the world submitted for the final song! Here’s the video below – it’s very cool! Enjoy!

Sorry the video has since been removed by the creator – I’m looking to see if I can find the original audio file of our part that we recorded.

Dotting Ourselves Around the World

Room 207 – thank you so much for being so willing to help me with the introduction for the Dots Around the World video and thank you for being so cooperative and amazing with your lines!  You were amazing and you start the video off really well! (Was that a compliment?)

Well, here’s the final video – we did it! We dotted ourselves around the world – 17 countries and over 30 classrooms took part!  Keep an eye out for your dots and your PreK buddies’ dots!  They are ALL spectacular and each and every one of them made me smile! I hope they make you smile too!

What’s even more special, is that Mr Peter Reynolds (yes, the author of The Dot) left me a comment on my blog about the video – I’ll show you it tomorrow morning!

Skyping with Australia

Yesterday Room 207 skyped with a school in Australia, Hawkesdale P12 College in Sydney.  The students were a little older than us.  They were 11 years old and in Year 5/6.

It’s fun to skype with a class in another country because we learned new facts about that country, it’s interesting to meet new people, and to hear how different other people talk.

We learned that the students in Australia put a spread called vegemite on their sandwiches. (Ms H said she would bring some in for us to try during International Week). They have lunchboxes and we have a cafeteria instead. There are animals on their money – a kangaroo, and an emu.  We had to ask what an emu was – it’s like an ostrich and it does not fly.

It is rainy season here in Thailand right now and we showed them the temperature using Ms H’s phone.  Our temperature was 25 degrees Celcius and the temperature in Australia was 18.6 on Mrs Mirstchin’s ipad. Untitled

Hawkesdale P12 College is taking part in our Dots Around the World project.  Tjhey are going to use Doodle Buddy to make their dots.  We’re looking forward to seeing their dots.  They  have 5 ipads for their class.

Piper did a great job as photographer yesterday and Jenna, Rikki & Will (helped by Jered & Ana) were fantastic videographers.  Ms H will edit the film and share it a bit later.
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Our Very First Skype Visitor

Late this morning we had our very first skype call.  We were “SQUIRTing” (aka: super quiet uninterrupted independent reading time) when the sound of a telephone ringing interrupted the silence of the classroom.

“Hello Daughter” said Ms H’s mum.

“Hello Mum, would you like to talk to my class?”  replied Ms H.


We crowded around the laptop (cos Ms H was working on it at her desk and it wasn’t plugged into the SMARTboard) and said hello.  Ms H’s mum was at home watching the news in New Zealand.  We asked her what was the temperature in NZ.  She said it was 20 degrees Celcius.  It’s the start of spring in NZ.  It’s rainy season in Thailand we told her and it’s 32 degrees Celcius.  She said it was probably too hot for her in Thailand and that she’s never been to Thailand.  We asked a few more questions.  Tanya asked ……..

“Was Ms H naughty when she was a kid?”

Ms H’s mum replied “Yes, there’s a lot of naughty things your teacher has done that I could tell you”.  Ms H was red-faced and quickly changed the subject!

We think skyping is awesome!  It means we get to talk to people around the world and see them at the same time.  We will skype with many people around the world as Ms H loves helping us connect with different people.