Thursday, May 28, 2015

etwinning 2015: Beautiful Places on My Island, English presentation, Part 2, 3 & 4

When you think about beautiful islands you maybe dream about sunny days and beautiful beaches. However, who really think about beautiful places on these sensitive island areas far from the coastline and how peoples on these islands live every day?

On 11th May and on 12th May in the morning we met a lot of students and teachers who presented about their local islands and some beautiful places on it. And we shared some information about how people on these islands get access to drinking water while they are surrounded by slatwater at all.

All members of this project now know that there are a lot of beautiful places in the world we should protect. And we all get to know how people live at these places to protect  their close environment.
Next to these conclusions we shared a lot of cultural traditions and information about the countries.

These were the final presentations of this etwinning project. The project founder, Liina Truu from Estonia, participated to these meetings with her students as well as etwining project participant Yvonne Dalqvist from Sweden. Another class from Taiwan with their teacher Lin- Lin Tan told us all about the beautiful places on their island in the Pacific Ocean. And students from Ipoh, Malaysia, gave us an overviews about beautiful and traditional places in this Southeast Asian country.

After the presentations from Germany and Sweden all participants enjoyed the Kahoot quizzes they prepared for their partners.

Founded by Liina Truu from the beautiful island Saaremaa in Estonia and me the project idea was spreaded around using the HLW- Skypers teachers` community and Google Plus to reach more than 250 teachers and classes around the world.

At a Google sheet the teachers who wanted to participate had to register to certain time slots I set up in advance.

To prepare all these meetings the teachers had to meet in advance for several times to discuss technical features concerning the videoconferencing system far from the regular time table while the students prepared their presentations throughout their regular English and Chemistry lessons and in the afternoon at home.

Not everything worked well from the very first beginning. Sometimes we had some trouble to work with the technology.

I prepared some videos of these meetings which you can watch here. The first one is already published.

Some of the registered participants didn't prepare their presentations right in time. To honour their strong effords to prepare their presentations, too, we will do another presentation on 22nd June to get to know more beautiful places on or near beautiful island.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

etwinning 2015: Beautiful Places On My Island, English Presentation, Part 1

On Wednesday, 29th April, between 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm Central German Summer Time, we had our first English meeting. I took part with that class who did their German presentation on Monday that week.
Meanwhile the students translated their German versions into English and were eager to start their presentations for their partners from abroad.

The meeting was scheduled with etwinning member Cliona Brennock and her class at St. Molaga's SNS, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, Ireland.


They reported about beautiful places on a near Irish island which are of high historical interest concerning Irish traditions.

This meeting was dated outside the regular German time table because we had the chance to reach classes from the American continent. So we all were very happy to meet teachers and students from North- America and South- America. We welcomed the American teachers Joe McNulty from Newtown Middle School, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 

and Cheryl Kemper from the Forest Hills School from Cincinnati, Ohio,

as well as Renata Madureira and her seventh grade class from the International Escola de Idiomas, Brasilia, Brazil.

Despite of the regular German presentations from Monday my students started with another presentation about Germany, German geography and hydrology. After this short presentation the first Kahoot game was done.

Next to it the German and Irish students presented their beautiful places, in turns.
For example, this Irish student reported about Newgrange, the prehistoric monument in County Meath which was built 3200 BC.

and a German students' group reported about the island Langeoog, some beautiful places on it and how people get their drinking water.

The American teachers added some pictures from their beautiful places at the American east coast like this one in New Jersey.

We had to close down at 3 pm already, but knowing that there are many many more beautiful places in the participants' countries we could share and talk about.

The next etwinning videoconference will be on 11th May 2015. Until that day the German students will improve their presentations, eager to start again at a new meeting with other classes from Malaysia and La Reunion.

etwinning 2015: Beautiful Places On My Island, German Presentation, Part Two

On 28th April 2015, between 08.15 am and 09.30 am German Central Summer Time, the second 7th graders' class named 7B has its first meeting in German with Yvonne Dalqvist, etwinning project member from Sweden.
Students presenting beautiful places and
fact of the drinking water supply on different German islands.
Yvonne is teaching German at her school named Alneskolan in Örnsköldsvik. That is in the northeast of Sweden at the Baltic Sea.  She was available with two young ladies to attend the presentations. Cause she still has some trouble with the technique the students from Sweden will present their beautiful places from the Swedish Baltic Sea island during an English meeting in May.
The Germans presented their Frisian and Baltic island in alphabetical order.

Students used their smartphones to vote for the correct answer.

We played a prepared Kahoot game with questions from the presentation. We had a lot of fun during the meeting. The students were really excited during the Kahoot voting.

On Wednesday, 29th April 2015, the students will have their first English meeting with more than one partner.