Guest post by Rob Flynn at Delbarton School
At Delbarton, an all-boys Benedictine School in Morristown, New Jersey, we have been looking for global connections, but struggled with the logistics involved in this kind of collaboration. We decided to pair our 8th grade science students with an all-girls’ school, and see what happens. So far, the results have been amazing.
Our 8th graders sent video introductions to an all-girls’ school in Uganda yesterday. Let us just let the reality of that settle in for a moment.
And yes, there was some silliness, some fun to be had. But I am impressed with the quality of the platform of LevelUpVillage. The prompts are direct. The directions are easy to follow. Global collaboration is not an easy thing to manage, and LUV makes it less intimidating for a classroom teacher. Not that Ms. Chamberlain is ever intimidated. Below is a student introducing himself to his partner (Charlie was demonstrating for the entire class, hence the awkwardness and the laughter).
We truly have some great things happening at Delbarton School, and we haven’t even completed an entire week. I can’t wait to see where this classroom goes next.
Rob Flynn is an English Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist at Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. Check out his blog Delbarton Teaches for more great entries.