Finally, we are working through all our technical issues on both sides. Students from both schools, Hawkesdale P12, Australia and Taman Burkitt Maluri School, Kuala Lumpur entered the virtual elluminate online classroom a lot earlier for the third session. We were thrilled to welcome Lindy Stirling, the State Advisor for Asian Studies to our joint class today. Zainuddin, our teacher from Malaysia asked students three questions:-
- Do you prefer the city or the country? Why?
- What do you look for in a friend?
- What skill is important to learn?
Here are the whiteboard screen dumps:-
Lindy then asked what symbol best describes their country. This took a little explaining but here are the responses as written in text on the whiteboard:-
- Tiger represents our beautiful country and not forgetting the hibiscus flower that represents the 5 pledges
- Tiger because it represents bravery, wisdom and one Malaysia
- Because I am happy to live here
- Opera House because it is iconic
- Kangaroo because it is on our coat of arms
- The outback
- The emu because it cant walk backwards, and to use it as the Australian’s symbol because it is important that Australia does not take backwards steps.
- Uluru and the outback as it represents Australia’s most beautiful land
Explainingwhy they are iconic was more challenging. Can you work which are the Australian responses and which are the Malaysian?
Final outcome: The next day, Melissa, excitedly approached me in the corridor to say that two students from Malaysia had added her on facebook. Now, where could that lead to, I wonder!