Mrs. Schmidt's Class
St. Ignatius of Antioch School, Yardley, PA
Grade 3

Class Blog

Projects that we've taken part in this year:

I-Spy Community

Edmodo Pen Pal Project

Flat Kids Exchange

Student Blogging Challenge

"A Week in the Life" Flat Classroom Project 12-1

Plus many Skypes with Classrooms around the world

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Visit from Australian teacher and Edublogger, Sue Wyatt and Davo
Traveling with Mr. Davo Devil




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With Theresa Allen in Chicago, IL
It was so exciting to meet Theresa in person this year after collaborating with her on both Global Classroom and Flat Classroom projects for the last year and a half.

Teacher Reflection

As I finish up my 2011-2012 teaching year, I look back and can’t believe how far I have come with global collaborations for both myself and my students. This is the 3rd school year that I have been working to connect my students with other classrooms around the world. I started in the 2009-2010 school year when I first discovered Skype on a snowy afternoon. In the 3 1/2 months between that day and the end of our school year, my 3rd grade students and I Skyped with 17 different states, 3 countries, and 3 times with authors. It was an incredible learning experience for both me and the children! Skype helped my students to see the similarities and differences between themselves and others around the world and it taught them to speak in front of their peers. In the 2010-2011 school year, I found the Flat Classroom project. This project took us to the next level – global collaboration with others. Here I found a supportive community of teachers who also wanted to take learning outside of their classroom walls. Last summer, I began using Twitter for the first time and also took part in the Edublogs Teacher Challenge – Building a PLN. And through that challenge I found the #globalclassroom and a new group of teacher friends around the world. When I had tried to connect with other teachers in the past, I would send out several emails and be happy when one person replied. I had to do all of the “leg” work myself. But in the Global Classroom Project 11-12, I found teachers who were just as excited and eager to do whatever was needed to get our students connected. The #globalclassroom was a warehouse of projects and opportunities and I was disappointed that I didn’t have time to try them all. The children and I had yearlong collaborations with classrooms in both Romania and New Zealand with the Flat Friends project. We had fun discussing the book and sharing info about our country and our lives. The culmination of the year was the Skype we did with each class. To meet and speak live after months of online chats was thrilling! I hope our connections helped to raise cultural awareness in the children and helped them celebrate and appreciate diversity. I am so very grateful to Deb, Michael and all of the teachers around the world who worked hard to make this happen. The #globalclassroom has been an exciting ride for me this year and I can’t wait to see where it takes us in the future!


Students' Favorite Part of our Global Projects