Virtual learning exchanges
Connecting with others through the Internet
Essential to a TVS Global Education are multinational online learning exchanges. Through these mediums, we are able to connect entire grades and classes with people from different cultures via blogs, Skype chats, and video exchanges. Since the Program began in the summer of 2011, students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools have used these technologies to learn together about a variety of topics with students from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (England, N. Ireland & Scotland), and we are always seeking new connections with new schools.
In Kindergarten, students have used Skype and letter & book exchanges to learn about life in two English cities, 2nd graders exchanged videos about school and life with students in South Korea, 3rd graders blogged with students in Indonesia and Skyped with students in London, 4th graders exchanged videos with students practicing their English at an afterschool in Taiwan, 5th and 6th graders practiced their Spanish with students in Spain, 6th graders have blogged with students in Greenland and exchanged videos about school life and our culture with Japanese students, 7th graders learned about Mexico-Texas relations around the time of Texas' independence with students in Mexico, 8th graders have discussed (in blogs and via Skype) poetry, issues of discrimination, immigration, and MLK's dream with students in Scotland, 9th graders have asked questions of TVS alumni who were Peace Corps Volunteers in Burkina Faso and Zambia, Spanish II students practiced their Spanish (spoken, listening, and written) skills with students in Spain, French III students have exchanged letters with students in France, and other Upper School students have Skyped with the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, debated various topics with students in Mexico via Skype, and blogged about topics such as the environment, chemistry, religion, leadership, and Catholic-Protestant conflicts in 1960s Northern Ireland with students in Argentina, Mexico, Hungary, and Northern Ireland.
Click on the highlighted links below to see what our students have been learning with others from around the world. In some cases, both schools agreed to make the conversations public. In others, we have agreed to keep them private (Web links are not provided in those cases).
Lower/Middle School after school Chess Program
A select group of students used the chess.com app on TVS iPads to play chess matches with students at Rivendell College, a Pre-K - 8 school in Toluca, Mexico. (2013)
Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Students Skyped and exchanged hand-written letters with Queen's College Preparatory School students in London, England in 2013 and 2014 and the English Bicknor Primary School in Coleford, England in 2015, 2016, & 2017. Using a blog, from 2011-13 students here and at Hampden Gurney & Queen's College Prep (both in London) learned about life in each other’s countries. http://friendsfromafar.edublogs.org/home/
2nd Grade (Ages 7-8)
All 2nd Grade classes blogged with students from various parts of the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia (Fall 2013)
Mrs. Cooper’s students Skyped with students in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (2012)
All 2nd graders exchanged videos about school and life with students at the Korean International School in Seoul, South Korea. (2015-16)
3rd Grade (Ages 8-9)
In the springs of 2012-15, 3rd graders have blogged about regions of the USA and islands of Indonesia with new friends at the Dyatmika School in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. In 2014, students from Queen's College Preparatory School in London, England also joined the conversations. On these blogs, the students are both the teachers and the learners!
4th Grade (Ages 9-10)
5th and 6th Grade Spanish Classes
Students exchanged videos about school and life with students at the Chiba Language School in Pingtung, Taiwan. (2015-17)
Students practiced their Spanish (written, listenining, and speaking) with students their age at Mendialdea in Campezo, Spain
(Fall 2015, 2016-17)https://culturaylanguages.wordpress.com/
6th Grade (Ages 11-12)
Since 2012, 6th graders in their Global Studies classes have exchanged videos about life and school in Fort Worth, Texas and Nagaoka, Japan with Oojima Elementary School. Click on the link below to watch a video we sent them about lunch at TVS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J-4uRjV6IQ
Addtionally, in 2013-'15, they added a blog and video exchange about culture with the Ukaliusak School in Nuuk, Greenland. inuitsandcowboys.wordpress.com (2015)
Science classes also used a blog to begin a conversation about the flight of monarch butterflies & culture with students at Rivendell College, a Pre-K - 8 school in Toluca, Mexico. http://natureslessons.weebly.com (2013-14)
7th grade (Ages 12-13)
Humanities students used a private discussion board (Edmodo) to discuss Mexico-Texas relations with students at Buena Tierra, a Pre-K - 8 school) in Toluca, Mexico. (2013-14)
8th Grade (Ages 13-14)
Since 2011, our 8th graders have been collaborating with students at St. George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. In 2011-'12, students discussed U.S. and Scottish poetry. A small group of students also had the chance to talk about their “Poetry Manifestos” in real time via Skype. In 2012-13 our English and History classes collaborated to discuss with them U.S. civil rights, immigration, and other important historical events in the U.S. The exchanged ended with an 80-minute Skype chat. In 2013-14, students "met" via Skype in October and discussed U.S. immigration via a discussion board. In 2014-15, the classes shared opinions concerning whether the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been achieved. For the past 2 years, students have discussed immigration and whether Dr. King's vision has been realized via an online discussion (2015-17).
In 2012, a group of 8th graders volunteered to learn more about and discuss “Occupy Wall Street” with students at the Bavarian International School in Haimhausen, Germany. The discussion began with Skyping in small groups to get to know each other a little (and to see each other). http://bistvs.wordpress.com (2012)
Sra. Bussey's 8th grade Advisory Group initiated an open discussion with students at a school in Tyrol, Austria to make lifetime friendships. http://tirolmeetsfortworth.wordpress.com (2014-15)
Upper School (Grades 9-12; Ages 14-18)
- Spanish II students practices their written, spoken, and listening skills with students their age at Mendialdea in Campezo, Spain https://cultureslanguages9.wordpress.com/ (Fall 2015)
- Students in the "Global Leadership" course Skyped with U.S. Ambassador Larry André (TVS alumnus '79) to Nouakchott, Mauritania (Fall 2015)
- TVS Students in our "Religion in Culture" course shared ideas about "local religions" with students at Tec de Monterrey High School (Toluca, Mexico) and Racozi High School (Budapest, Hungary). https://religioninculture.wordpress.com/ (2014-15)
- Chemistry students began a discussion about what they appreciate about chemistry with students at Tec de Monterrey (Toluca & Metepec campuses, Mexico). http://connectingviachemisty.wordpress.com (2014)
- A group of upper level History students began a dialogue about the political and sectarian voilence of Northern Ireland beginning 1969 with students at Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh, Northern Ireland, UK. http://civilunrestcivilrights.wordpress.com (2014)
- Debate Club students Skyped with students at Tec de Monterrey in Toluca, Mexico to practice their debate skills and learn about each others' cultures. (2013)
- Environmental Science students blogged about water issues with students at Chaltel College (high school) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. http://environmentalexchanges.wordpress.com (2013)
- French language students did a "Mystery Skype" with students outside of Paris (2014) and AP French students exchanged letters and audio files about different social and political topics with students from Institution Saint Stanislas in Nîmes, France (2015-17).
- Biology students sent questions to our alumni Peace Corps Volunteers in Burkina Faso and Zambia and discussed their responses in class. http://tvsabroad.wordpress.com/peace-corps-qa1/ (2012)
- Our World Cultures Club began an open blog with high school students from different parts of the world to discuss various aspects of life. (2011-Present) http://worldculturesclub.wordpress.com
We are always looking for new connections to bring students from around the world together through virtual academic and social exchanges. Please contact Dr. Roemer if you would like to join us. All K-12 students and teachers are invited!
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