Studying Communities Through Global Collaboration

Studying Communities Through Global Collaboration

The 3rd Grade curriculum includes a study of communities. In 2015, our 3rd grade students Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 4.43.20 PMparticipated in a global collaboration project titled “If You Learned Here.”  This was the first year the project was offered. Eighty schools from around the world were involved, including the Fletcher School. The coordinators, Carolyn Skibba and Mary Morgan Ryan, were inspired by the book If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. They have created a wonderful project in which students share in a global dialogue about our learning communities. The project culminated with each school writing pages for a published online eBook titled If You Learned Here:  Schools of the World.

Each of the first four weeks, we created videos which we shared using the app Flipgrid.  We were able to view all of the other schools videos to learn about their school communities. Every week had a different theme:

  1. Our School and Community was the first week’s theme. Together we wrote a script to introduce The Fletcher School and Charlotte to our new cohorts.
  2. Our Day at School allowed us to share each part of our school day from the ride to school to our after school activities.
  3. Our Learning was a fun time for us to teach a lesson. We noticed that none of the other schools had Social Skills classes and it just happened to be The International Day of Happiness, so our main lesson was about how to stay happy.
  4. Our Reading was a chance for us to create our own Reading Rainbow style videos reviewing our favorite books.

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The global collaboration videos were enlightening. The students gained confidence and self-esteem as they watched kids from around the world share similar stories. This year, our 3rd grade students are enjoying the If You Learned Here videos from both 2015 and 2016 and discussing the various communities.

The link below will take you to the videos and our book “If You Learned Here: Schools of the World.” Our Flipgrid videos are labeled Orange Cohort.

If You Learned Here 2015

Map of Schools

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K-1 Students Create Digital Privacy Book

Keep it Private Online

Click the thumbnail above to download Masarya’s book!

The Fletcher School is committed to developing digital literacy and citizenship skills beginning with our youngest students. Our kindergarten and first grade students begin by learning about online safety and privacy. They are taught to think about going online as a fun field trip. The rules are the same as a real field trip:  always go places with an adult, don’t wander off on your own and talk only with people you know. We practice looking at websites and discuss which ones have topics they enjoy and activities that work well and are fun to play. The site they choose should seem like it’s made for someone their age. The teacher displays a variety of website forms that ask a child to sign up before using the site. Students discuss how to approach a parent about help with deciding if this is a good site for them. Then, using the Book Creator app each kindergarten and first grade student creates a book titled, “Keep it Private Online.” Their book displays words and pictures of the information they know should be kept private when using the internet.

Example by Masarya:

“Promoting an Idea” with Adobe Voice

voice.001Mrs. Perry’s class worked on “Promoting an Idea” using the free iOS app, Adobe Voice. This app allows students to focus on the spoken content of their video rather than the visual. The icons in Adobe Voice are automatically credited at the end of the slide show. Students paired up to discuss an idea and worked together to write their script.

Adobe Voice has a prompt for each slide. Example:  “What problem does the audience or who you’re helping struggle with today?” The students’ enthusiasm in using their own ideas was inspiring.

Click below to view students’ work products:

Teaching with Movies

Letters to Children’s Hospital

Embrace Kindness