|Mappers located New Zealand in our big, blue atlas!|
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, Mrs. Yollis' class
Mrs. McKenzie's class where it was Friday, September 21, 2012
|9:00 A.M. on Sept. 21 in New Zealand|
|2:00 P.M. on Sept. 20 in California|
How could this be? The answer, time zones.
A second grader and a third grader helped sequence the sharing. They also typed relevant information in the New Zealand / U.S. Skype Share & Compare Google doc. (It was thrilling to watch the New Zealanders type on the document at the same time we were!)
Here are some screenshots of the Google doc. Students filled in the information on the table!
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What do you notice about our two school?
What do you notice about our two communities?
Students shared all kinds of community information. We used white boards to write the important words or numbers.
We learned that we live in a suburb and our New Zealand friends live in a rural area.
What is a suburb?
What does rural mean?
How many feet (or meters) are we above sea level?
What does our community look like?
Everyone enjoyed meeting the class mascots, Panda and Beverly! Panda was ready with a useful message! Panda was still wearing his super hero cape!
Read more about Super Panda and Bad News Bev here!)
Beverly came out of her long hibernation and met the new blogging buddies. She was especially interested in a couch she saw in B4's classroom. Oh, Beverly!
B4 has some fabulous mascots as well! We met the cheeky Quicksilver who is a bird. We wonder what kind of bird he is?
Wise and kind Mr. Beesley. We think Panda and Mr. Beesley would be fast friends!
Our timer said that the call started at 1:58 P.M. and ended at 2:26 P.M.
Elapsed time: 26 minutes
(Elapsed time is a fancy way of stating how much time passed.)
Thank you to our class photographer for the wonderful photo documentation!
Have you ever Skyped with someone?
Do you have any follow up questions for the New Zealanders or us?