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, live conversations, 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, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England), and we are always seeking new connections with new schools.
- Kindergarteners Skype and do letter and book exchanges every spring with children in England to learn about life in England;
- Second graders exchanged videos and blogged about school and life with students in South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia;
- Third graders blogged with students in Indonesia and Skyped with students in London;
- Fourth graders exchanged videos with students practicing their English at an after-school in Taiwan and Skyped with students in Scotland;
- Fifth and sixth graders practiced their Spanish online with students in Spain and Skyped and exchanged videos about local animals with students in Scotland;
- Sixth graders blogged with students in Greenland; made Epals in 10 different countries; and exchanged videos about school life and our culture with Japanese students;
- Seventh graders used video exchanges to learn about Mexico-Texas relations around the time of Texas' independence with students in Mexico;
- Eighth graders discussed (in blogs and via Skype) poetry, issues of discrimination, immigration, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream with students in Scotland;
- Ninth graders did a Q&A blog with TVS alumni who were Peace Corps Volunteers in Burkina Faso and Zambia;
- Upper School Spanish II students practiced their Spanish skills (written, spoken, and listening) with students in Spain online;
- Upper School French students shared audio files to practice listening and speaking skills with student in France;
- Other Upper School students Skyped with the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania (a TVS alumnus); debated various topics with students in Mexico via Skype; made an English language video for Danish students; Skyped and blogged with students in the Netherlands; blogged about or exchanged videos about topics such as the environment, chemistry, poetry, religion, leadership, and Catholic-Protestant conflicts in 1960s Northern Ireland with students in Argentina, Mexico, Hungary, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
We are always looking for new connections to bring students and teachers 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!
Global friendships start here.