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11:38 PM, Dec 16, 2009   |    comments
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  • Teacher of the Week Silvia Tolisano
  • Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Our Teacher of the Week started a program at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School called 'Around the World in 80 Schools.' Her students are seeing and talking to other students from around the world. 

What a treat for the 4th and 5th grade class. On the day we visited the school, the students were visiting with another class thousands of miles away in Peru. 

Using a web cam Ben, a 4th grader says, "We are in the northeastern part of Florida and it normally doesn't get very cold here." A student in Peru answers, 'It's hot here. Very very hot."

There's a big screen in the class so everyone can hear and see the conversation. The students ask each other questions about their culture and it's quite a learning experience for everyone.

A student in Peru says, "I'm not from here. I'm from another country, Holland, but I live here now because my father is here for work." He says he speaks 3 languages, Spanish, English, and Dutch.  He also says there are about to start their summer break.

The students in Jacksonville were confused at first as to why it was summer there and almost winter here.

The global connections are being done through Skype. Almost everyone in the class has a job. One student uses a  flip video camera; another a digital camera while other students are blogging. 

Silvia Tolisano, the school's 21st Century Learning Specialist started the program 'Around the World in 80 Schools' to bring more awareness to students. "We are promoting global awareness and global connections. Yes, today we talked to Peru and it was wonderful and this shows the students there is a world out there."

All grades in the school are participating and have already spoken to students in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Israel. 

It's a fun, exciting, and innovative way for students to learn. 

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