Since I had more time to develop the lesson, I included a more rounded experience for all. What started as a project for our students grew too large from such an overwhelming response, that I opened it up to other schools in the US. I created a form that allowed me to pair up classes in similar grades (one from the US and the partner from a non-US school). Classes were tasked with creating physical Christmas cards and then sent to their partner school. Once the classes received the cards, they would have a Skype call to discuss what Christmas traditions they have in their respective countries. I had no idea what to expect from this project but thought it worthwhile for our students (and subsequently) and other students to learn about how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas or even another end of the year holiday. Below are some of the wonderful social media reactions from some of our participants.
I am delighted that not only did students learn about holiday traditions but some have formed long term partnerships due to this lesson. Please follow the hashtag #skypetraditions to see more exchanges with students.
#Skypetraditions Today our first Skype in the classroom lesson from Barcikowo, Poland with Nigeria has been completed-it was awesome pic.twitter.com/Gxpx2mnPV2— Ewa Lewandowska (@anglica1975) December 8, 2016
Christmas cards packed and ready to be sent tomorrow @jstam4 #skypetraditions pic.twitter.com/xHCrrr8kfR— Ana Živković (@teacherka) December 8, 2016
My students are ready to send their Christmas cards to students in Ukraina after @SkypeClassroom @kcalderw @skypetraditions pic.twitter.com/NoZvX6iIF3— Lieu Nguyen (@Lieu1703) December 9, 2016