Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Skyping With Our Friends Down Under!

Mrs. Yollis' class is friends with Miss McGeady (soon to be Mrs. Morris), Miss Jordan, and their classes in Victoria Australia. We had a fun time connecting yesterday via Skype!

Mrs. Yollis' class understands about time zones, but it was still hard to  comprehend that when it was  
2:00 P.M. on Monday in Los Angeles, it was  at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday in Victoria!


Miss Jordan and Miss McGeady greeted the class!

Students were excited to see and learn about the Australian community!

Students shared information about their community. The information was collected on a class poster.

Mrs. Ranney and her class were able to join in the fun!

Adia and Grace were able to record the information as it came in. This was the first time we tried Todaysmeet.

We noticed some similarities and differences!


Our summer and winter climate is very much the same.

We both live close to the beach.

We both are located in the 30˚ latitudes. (We're 34˚ and they are 38˚)



We are a half hour drive from the beach, and they are 15 minutes.

Their school year ENDS in three weeks! Ours ends in June!

We have 600 students in our school and they have 700.

They are in the southern hemisphere, and we are in the northern hemisphere.

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Here is a transcript from Grace and Adia.  Thanks, Iman, for being our photographer!

How is the transcript useful? Are there any facts that don't make sense?

What was your favorite part about the connection?


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    Bianca told me all about your wonderful skyping session you had yesterday.
    It really is amazing just how nowdays the way we can communicate ie blogs and skyping.

    This has been a wonderful journey not only for the children, as I have to admit I really have l♥ved this aspect of meeting and learning too.

    May this keep growing for many years to come.
    Thankyou Mrs Yollis.

    From your blogging buddy AA.

  2. Hey this is Nathalie,Kelly,Shania,Lana and Tereina we would like to thank you for commenting our creation story.

    Room 8 Melville Intermediate,Hamilton,New Zealand

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    I really enjoyed skping with you! I learnt heaps and heaps of facts about your county!

    My partner was Georgia. I read Grace's and Adia's transcrip.


    PS Jazawoowoo is my long nick name, my short nick name is Jaz and my real name is Jazmin!

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    How cool that you got to Skype with 2KM and 2KJ! Hmm, since they were talking to you from the next day, does that mean they were in the future?... Time zones can be pretty funny.

    Wow! You really have a lot of similarities for living on opposite sides of the world. And how lucky we all are to live so close to the beach (I live about 15 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean).

    It was fun to read over the transcript from Todaysmeet. Adia and Grace did a fantastic job! I wonder, was it difficult to use?

    I look forward to the first time we get to Skype with you all!

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich

  5. Dear Mr.Salsich,
    We had so much fun skyping with
    2KM. We are looking forward to skyping with you. Hope to see you soon!

    Yours truly,

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I had an amazing time Skyping with 2KJ and 2KM yesterday! I learned so much about Australia and their school.

    I read the transcript, I think that Adia and Gracie did a great job! Iman did a marvelous job taking pictures.

    I look forward to Skyping with 2KM and 2KJ again. I am also excited about Skying with Mr. Salsich's class later this week.


  7. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,
    I loved Skyping with you all.
    I had so much fun Skyping with you and your students and also Mrs Ranney and her students.
    Hope we can do it with you again before school ends.
    Would you like to Skype again?

    From Bianca BB.

  8. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    I just loved skyping with you all yesterday! It made my last day at school before my wedding, very special.

    It was so much fun to talk about how our communities are similiar and different.

    I was interested to hear that you call food you take away from a restaurant take out whereas we call it take away.

    Everyone was interested to hear that you sometimes see celebrities in LA!

    @ Grace and Adia, thank you so much for the wonderful transcript. You are clever girls!

    @ Mr Salsich, I wish 2KM and 2KJ could skype with your class sometime. Unfortunately, I don't think our time zones will allow that!

    Your friend,
    Miss McGeady (nearly Mrs Morris)

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    @ AA,

    Yes, it was a wonderful time! In fact, I asked if you were there! I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey as well and hope that you and Bianca will always visit and comment. I'm sure Bianca will be blogging for years to come! :-)

    @ Nathalie, Kelly, Shania, Lana and Tereina, (from NZ)

    Thanks so much for visiting! I loved your presentation and I hope you have plans for more!

    @ Jazawoowoo,

    It was heaps of fun to be with all of you yesterday! What did you think of the transcript? Were any of the facts incorrect? What did we miss? :-)

    @ Mr. Salsich,

    Yes, they are way ahead of us! I mean...it was already Tuesday...and now, here it is Tuesday...and they are already enjoying Wednesday! At this rate, we'll never catch up!

    I liked the TodaysMeet site! We'll have to try it when we get together. Hey, you're ahead of us too! :-)

    @ Ben,

    I'm looking forward to more Skype fun too!

    @ Hannah★,

    What did you find in the transcript that you didn't remember? You might want to be one of the reporters, yes?

    @ Bianca, (from 2KM)

    We had a ball with you too! I would love to Skype anytime! Was it easy to see and hear us? Do you have any questions that we didn't answer?

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  10. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    I really enjoyed skyping with you! I think the idea of the transcript is great!

    I learnt that you can see celebrities in your town! My favourite pop star is Hannah Montana and I like watching iCarly!

    Your blogging buddy,

  11. @ Mrs Yollis,

    Thankyou for asking if I was there.
    Bianca and Miss McGeady did mention it to me too. Heres hoping the nexted time you skpe with 2KM I hope to be there. Who knows maybe even if bells on as its getting close to Chrismas.

    Cheers from AA.

  12. Iman (the photographer)December 1, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved skyping with 2KM and 2KJ. It was a so much great experience for everyone!

    It was very fun being the photographer. Adia and Grace did a wonderful job in Todaysmeet! I think it is funny that we were talking at the end of the day, while they were talking at the beginning of school.


  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I did not remember that 6% of the people who live in Leopold speak different languages. I also didn't remember that birds dive bomb there, honestly I don't even know what that means!

    To answer your other question, yes I would like to be one of the reporters!

    Your student,

  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved skyping with 2KM and 2KJ. It was a so much of a great experience for everyone!

    It was very fun being the photographer. Adia and Grace did a wonderful job in Todaysmeet! I think it is funny that we were talking at the end of the day, while they were talking at the beginning of school.


  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This is Adia's grandparents. We are from Iran.

    That is a great post!

    We especially liked how your class and you were skyping with Australia.

    It is spectacular that you teach your students about technology. How amazing!

    Our granddaughter, Adia is always speaking so highly of you. You must be a stupendous teacher!

    Thank you for teaching your class such inspiring different things.

    You rock!

    Have a good evening.

    Adia's grandparents

  16. @ Mrs Yollis,
    Thank you for the reply.
    Skyping was awesome with you and your students also Mrs Ranney.
    I like the fact of looking at the person I am talking too.
    Yes it was easy to see and hear you.

    I have got a question for you or your students.

    How many national parks are there in California?

    From Bianca BB.

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Since we live so close to the Pacific ocean, my family and I go there all the time. We like to bike ride along the path near the beach. In the summer time, we swim and play in the sand. Two years ago, my family and I went to Costa Rica. One side of Costa Rica is on the Caribbean Sea which is part of the Atlantic Ocean.

    I like to Skype and at home we Skype with my aunt and uncle and my grandparents even though they live in the same city as I do. Skyping allows me to see and hear them. When my grandparents go to visit far away places, they Skype and tell me about their trip.

    I am really glad that we had an opportunity to Skype with 2KM, 2KJ and Mr Salsich's class. It was nice to see what everyone looks like.


  18. Dear Mrs.Yollils,

    Skping just blows me away!
    It was wonderful when we Skped with 2KJ.



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