Wycheproof P-12, North to Alaska

Wycheproof P-12 utilises virtual learning tools everyday to enhance and provide for the needs of their students.  Yr 3 & 4 classroom teacher, Miss Amy Cozens has been connecting her students most weeks via the DET Polycom Network to the 4th grade class, at Airport Heights Elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska.

Students have been integrating this program into their English and Integrated Studies classes using oral communication to share happenings in their local area and talk about what it is like to live and go to school in Australia and Alaska. Students have been sharing their favourite sports and activities and have been very interested in the different animals that we have in Australia compared to Alaska. Often the students in Anchorage have to stay inside during recess and lunchtimes as there are Moose in the playground, whereas in Wycheproof we have Kangaroos, Emus and Snakes often in our playground.

After the students in Alaska get back from their summer break, we hope to establish a ‘pen pal’ type program between the students as well. Whether we use more modern technology (e-mails) or more a traditional style is still yet to be determined!

For more opportunities to connect virtually or to request support to connect, contact the Virtual Learning Team, visit http://lv2vl.global2.vic.edu.au/  .

All schools can connect regardless of whether you have a Polycom unit or not, all you need to do is ask for help. Enrich your classroom with Virtual Connections.

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Author: rcrellin

Senior Program Officer, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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