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 ....

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...