Approximately two weeks after the first giant earthquake hit Nepal, Jaiden and his family were on the plane to visit Nepali family members. While there, they were able to meet up with Govinda Panthy, founder of the Tripur Kinder Academy. This is a school that I, along with many others have been helping to support via the Open World Cause project. Govinda is a hardworking family man with a wife and 14 year old daughter. Initially, all of Govinda's family members were accounted for, but sadly, after the second earthquake hit two weeks after the first one, Govinda lost a 27 year old relative who had been working on the second floor of a bank and was unable to escape. We take our hats off the resilient people of Nepal who are trying very hard to stay strong, survive, and rebuild. It is very touching seeing Jaiden's whole family with our friend Govinda! Thank you for connecting. Hawthorne ES will forever be connected to Govinda and his family!
Many Hawthorne students have been hard at work in their first "Maker-Difference" Space project--a beaded abacus for the young children to practice math at the new Tripur Kinder Academy in Nepal.
This school was supported by the efforts of my friends Ben Honeycutt and Connor Janzen who invited the world to participate. At first we helped establish an internet connection and laptops but over the years, the purchasing of land took place, and next, the building a brand new school in a part of Nepal where children have little access to education!
Nikos Mavrommatis, a sound designer and music composer for sound to television, film, radio, and web came to meet with the 3rd graders at Hawthorne ES! He has his own company called Circus Act and his biggest client is Cartoon Network Latin America. He shared his work informing students on what it takes to become a sound designer and to consider it as a career path.
He presented the making of a Cartoon Network anti-bullying promotional spot from inception to completion. This process involves a lot processes and professionals to come together! Thank you Nikos for inspiring and engaging our students to be creative and use their imagination in a structured, professional way!
Our 4th grade students are part of a global collaboration project called DENVoices-"Agents of Change" This is a "passion project" of Discovery Education STAR educators who want to connect their classrooms through music. The final product will be a video with smaller videos of all 42 schools singing the same song at the same time--It will be super awesome!
To make it more fun, each participating class was partnered up with another school to learn about the passions of other students. Mr Arrington hosted the introductory Skype meeting with the awesome 6th grade students in Denver, Colorado. All of the students introduced themselves and came up to the microphone to say one thing that they are "passionate" about. This was a great way for students to connect on things they have in common, even though they live so far away!
The high point of our meeting was when this amazing class sang Jingle Bells with us! And, our principal walked in during the song so everyone started over and did it again to include Ms Limoncelli, who had no problem getting into a festive spirit thanks to our friends from Ms
While today was not our first Skype in Education meet-up with another class, it was our first official Mystery Skype. This educational game was designed by teachers to encourage kids to learn about the world by trying to guess where the other class is located. This is not as easy as it sounds and requires a good deal of thinking and geographic reference material. We met up with a great class from Connecticut! They were sharp and looked for clues on our clothes--one of our students was wearing an Atlanta sweatshirt and that might have been a clue b/c they guessed GA pretty quickly! Our students feel that they should have used the larger map that was put on the wall by Dalila because they missed the fact that CT was just off the border of one of the important clues, and therefore it was not considered as a possibility by the students!
Example of a Class Training for Mystery Skype posted by Slivia Rosenthal Tolisiono
The students are intrigued by circuit building. They create lights and sounds. The kit they are using has directions for 100 different projects. They are called Snap Circuits and the kit is around $22.00 so it is a great value for anyone interested.
This student created a video explaining how she built the circuit and she is showing her video on the Promethean board while holding her circuit board.-Great job Amaya!
Sue Levine is a Teacher-Librarian in Atlanta, GA.