Thursday, November 30, 2017

A few comments about our Skypeathon

Some of the highlights of our Skypeathon were the following: 

Visiting and being taken on a virtual tour at Fort Loudon in Tennessee by this mesmerizing guide. 

Visiting students at Catholic High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A great dialog there..

Touching down in Puerto Rico where we met Darlene Colon and students. 

Playing Mystery Skype with Mr Westermark and adorable pupils in Wales..

Talking with journalist Hannah Engberg in Sweden

and being met by the enchanting smile of Iro Stefopoulou in Birmingham, England

to be updated soon....

Monday, November 27, 2017

Our schedule for Skypeathon - November 28, 2017

Tomorrow it's time for a 12-hour Skypeathon for my English 5 and English 6 students. A day filled with many calls to various parts of the world, but also time for socializing and bonding. Here is a preliminary schedule with planned calls. 

Mystery Skype with Burdur, Turkey

They say "third time's a charm" and I suppose that's true with our Mystery Skype with Turkey. After two failed attempts of trying to connect we finally managed to connect without major malfunctions this morning. Some students were questioners and answerers and a few others used Google Maps to search for the location. In 35 minutes we managed to guess country, town and name of high school. Harun Cifti was the teacher in charge in the Turkish classroom - thank you! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mystery Skype with students in Bilbao, Spain

Today we had an opportunity to mystery Skype with students from the north of Spain, Bilbao, and much to the delight of my students we had a fantastic time asking and answering questions! Catrina MacDonald was guiding the Spanish students. We saw this session as a preparation for our Skypeathon which is put in motion on November 28 at 12 pm. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Snapshots from this week

Preparing for Skypeathon

It is a very hectic time right now as I am in the process of planning a Skypeathon on November 28. This time around we will Skype for 12 hours and we will partly conduct some calls in English and some in Swedish. Also, we are more broad this time,  in the sense that we have tried to engage guest lecturers who work in sectors connected to media and communication (e.g. journalists, writers, social media experts). Not so many schools this time and we have tried to match our students with students of the same age to increase the interest.  Now, in the latter part of the planning process, I have one-two slots to fill and then we are ready to rumble!!! Year 1 and 2 of the media and communication program are involved. More news to come shortly...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Skyping and exchanging goodies with Texas

From left: Nina, Amanda, Zainab, Marcus and Isabella and the rest of SA17P in the background. 
Two weeks ago we sent a package containing some candy, brochures, school mercandise to an (for the students) unknown destination. Today was the day to connect through Skype and to open our packages during that session. Five students were randomly selected to be in front of the monitor and to open the package. The goodies can be seen in the last picture below. The clues in the package lead the students to quickly assume that the country was the USA and the state Texas. Then we needed a little bit of help to figure out that the other students were located a little north of Dallas. 

The students north of Dallas in Texas

Getting the taste of Djungelvrål (it doesn't seem like they like it?!):

Some of the things from the package: 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Global Read Aloud - A Monster Calls

Last week we kicked off this year's GRA (Global Read Aloud) with the title "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. This year we collaborate with Canada and the USA through the use of Flipgrid topics and it's such a hit! My students have recorded presentations and predictions and are now moving on towards analyzing the relationship between Lily and the main character Conor.

So far, we've seen videos from students in Washington state, Iowa, New York state, Texas, Florida, Ohio, California, Ontario and Manitoba, Canada.

Here are some examples of Flipgrid videos:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Skype Master Teacher

And there it my mailbox...the message that I had been selected as a new Skype Master Teacher, what a wonderful way to finish this week before heading home. Thankful to have been selected and looking forward to many more Skype sessions this school year. I have already started to plan a little for our Skypeathon in late November... :) 

Monday, August 28, 2017

No Limits - a theme project in EN 6

In English 6 we started the year with the theme project "No Limits," with the idea of connecting the theme to the street art festival No Limit that will take place in Borås in a week. Ten street artists will arrive here and paint murals/make installations that will enhance the cultural impact of the city. I saw this as a good way of incorporating the real world with the local community into a project that would focus on limits or the lack thereof. So far, my students have prepared smaller presentations about the artists which they will present to the rest of the class during next lesson. After that we will turn the attention to limited writing (drabbles) and limitless writing (stream of consciousness). The artworks found around the city will be the inspiration for the writing tasks. Finally, putting an end to the project, the students will get to individually record their thoughts about a "world without limitations - pros and cons" using Flipgrid.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert - I've become an MIEE!

Yes, I'm a little bit happy right now, because I was chosen as one of the many Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for 2017-2018. Feels good!! :)