Mrs. Blanton's Spanish Class visited Chile via a Google Hangout. She was able to record the event using the Swivl Robot & her iPad so that she can share the event with other students who were not present.
Kimi Blanton, CES Spanish Teacher: At Crestline, we study South America in the Fourth Grade. This year, one of my students, shared that she has an uncle that works for Google and was sent to Chile for two years to head a project. We regularly Skype or Facetime some of my family members during class that do not live in the USA to listen to and practice Spanish; therefore, when the student finished sharing, all the students came up with the idea of facetiming the uncle. I asked the students what they would ask him if we did a call. Suddenly, I had over twenty very well thought out questions, all amazing! Also, the students came up with places that they thought they should visit in different countries in South America before they return to the USA. We decided to do a Google Hangout. It was a success. The uncle “tío”, aunt “tía”, and baby cousin joined our class through a google hangout session. The first thing the students saw was three people dressed like Chileans. Instantly I could feel the students’ excitement. Tío Normand and tía Suzanne were sitting in their living room, and they began a very entertaining and informative conference, including a short tour of their home and allowing their “nana” (housekeeper, cook, and babysitter) to meet the students and to talk to them in Spanish. The students wiggled in their seats speaking Spanish to her. I had sent beforehand to tío Normand all the questions and suggestions of places to visit that the students had written. The presentation was based on those questions. He ended by sharing that they did not know some of the places they had suggested to visit so they researched them and are now planning to add them in their list of places to go. The conference ended with students having the opportunity to ask additional questions that they thought of during the presentation. Talking about learning? The excitement and curiosity this conference instilled in my students cannot be replicated with books, videos and pictures. Engagement and effectiveness was at 100%! Students have more questions to ask now. We are seeking new adventures to quench their curiosity.