Yokohama to Outback Australia. Learning around the world.

With advances in technology the world is your child’s classroom. Our classroom stretches around the world.
The school was approached by a teacher in a remote rural school in Australia who wanted to involve us in their class project. Although KP students are much younger than than these higher elementary school students we were able to take part in the project because we can utilise technology to communicate our ideas.

To begin
We looked at our school using Goggle earth and found our school. The children were excited to see the school and Yokohama. They commented on all the buildings. Next we looked at Oombulgurri. We zoomed closer and closer and the children were very suprised that there were no buildings.

Yokohama Oombie Goggle Earth

How will we talk to them?
(Children of the 21st century know you can use technology to communicate in many ways)
We talked about how we were going to communicate with the children, we made a list:

  • Go there. We will need our grown ups. How will we pay for the tickets? School will pay, Ms Zoe will pay. We don’t want to go without our mummy. Umm… we need another way.
  • Phone them, we don’t have a phone… we don’t know their number
  • On the phone write (text)
  • Email them on the computer.
  • Talk to them on the computer like I do to my granddad, Skype.
  • Send the letter in the printer (fax?) (scan?)


How will we share information about ourselves?

How will we tell them about us?
We wrote lists of all the things we thought people needed to see see in our school and outside.

We used a programme called voicethread that enables children to record their voices. We had a self-portrait to show who we were and the children talked about themselves. Ms. Maira spoke in Japanese.

How will we show our school and local area?
IMG_0438The children love taking photographs, digital cameras enables children to take as many pictures as they like. We went for a walk around school and down the road. The children thought about what they wanted to show and what would be of interest to others (classroom, playground, turf,vending machine, Japanese writing and the garage truck). We added pictures of the earthquake drill.

We used a simple programme called Photopeach which let’s children pick 20 pictures and add music.  It makes a photo story that can be shared. I typed what they wanted written under each slide.

About Japan with pictures and words by KP. on PhotoPeach

And the world has started to reply…

Hello Oombie
We made a short video for asking the children of Oombie some questions about their profiles.

4 thoughts on “Yokohama to Outback Australia. Learning around the world.

  1. A GREAT idea! I look forward to seeing how this project unfolds. I hope you will share with KC so that we can learn from you! Tasha

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  4. Zoe, I like the question you have been asnikg yourself and I want to begin asnikg that of myself and my professional learning community(PLC). What is the added value of using technology? The elementary division at my school has made a commitment to integrate more technology into the classroom. We have taken computer class out of the elementary schedule and are trying to combine both the teaching of computer skills and the use of technology to enhance the curriculum. As teachers shared last week in our PLC, I could see that there is a keen interest but we are still on the level of using technology as consumers and not using it for authentic audiences. On several occasions our technology coordinator has asked Who cares what a 7 or 8 year old writes? Does it really need to be on the web? Reading your blog is helping me to find the answers I need and want to share with others at our school. Thank you for leading the way.

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