Next week, my class will be joining in with many of their “blogging buddies” from around the world in a new global project.
This project is called Our World, Our Stories and the blog http://ourworldourstories.edublogs.org/ will be our central meeting place.
After months of planning, we look forward to launching this seven week project on Monday 24th October.
The students are all from junior primary classes and are from three different continents and six different countries.
2KM and 2KJ from Victoria, Australia
B4 from New Zealand
Mrs Yollis’ third grade class from California, USA
Mr Salsich’s third grade class from Connecticut, USA
Melody Watson’s 2/3 class from Canada
Andy Sefa Boachie and his students from Ghana
Miss Usher’s standard 3 class from Punta Gorda, Belize
View Our World, Our Stories in a larger map
How will it work?
Students from all classes will connect and collaborate by sharing their stories, experiences, thoughts and opinions about a variety of themes. This will happen through the blog and involve a variety of media.
A different class will “lead” a topic each week, publishing posts and moderating comments. Topics will be based on students’ interests such as school games, hobbies, food, local environment etc. The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and students will leave blog comments.
Through the blog comments, students from the different classes will have conversations. Students will gain an understanding of different countries and cultures. They will make comparisons and contrasts between their lives and other students’ lives.
The students will reflect on their own experiences and hopefully develop a curiosity about other students’ stories. They will develop a voice to share their own stories.
Concluding the project
Stayed tuned for a culminating celebration in December!
If you want to keep up to date with how the fun and learning unfolds, there is a “subscribe via email” box on the right hand side of the Our World, Our Stories blog.
I have received a number of questions about how to organise your own global project so I will be posting a guide on this blog soon. Stay tuned!