The Return of Faraway Fridays!

Friday, October 7th signalled the return of Faraway Fridays in the Mazo de la Roche Learning Commons.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “Faraway Friday”, it’s a way for our students to connect with other classes, experts and/or events around the world. These “virtual field-trip” adventures are done thanks in part to the wonders of the Internet and programs like Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.

To kick-off the 2016/17 school year, Mme Veillette and Mme Joiner’s Grade 4 students, who are currently studying rocks and minerals in Science, were treated to a GEOshow. Classes visited Guatemala on an exploration of volcanoes.

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Thanks to Explorer Brandon, they learned about the “Ring of Fire” and the reasons why there are so many volcanoes in Guatemala, all while virtually hiking up an active volcano. They also toured Antigua, a city surrounded by volcanoes. The tour ended on the shores of an ancient crater lake.

Throughout the session, students asked a variety of questions via live web-cam and through Twitter. Mme Veillette and Mme Madeley helped students post their questions to Twitter and were excited to see them answered. Many paved the way to new questions, some of which will be answered in class over the next few weeks.

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Brandon tested our knowledge using Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform. Working in teams, and using the Learning Commons iPads, students reflected on their experience, answering multiple-choice questions. It was a lot more challenging than first expected!

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Many thanks to Brandon and the team at Learn Around the World, and we are really looking forward to our next GEOshow adventure!

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