A network is vital for global collaboration but when an established network is in place and collaborators are live with each other, the most amazing connections can occur.
As skype message popped up on my HLW Skypers groupfrom Lin-lin a teacher in Taiwan asking if anyone was available to listen to one of her students
speaking about the differences between a migrant and a refugee
Unfortunately I was about to go to on recess yard duty, but quickly found two year 7 girls who were willing to linkup with Bill, the student sharing the difference. This was such an opportune topic as Australia is about to accept 120000 refuges from Syria and there is much debate on the pros and cons of doing so. Skype was used for this connection.
This is a great example of a simple connection from an established global network, demonstrating how it can lead to ongoing learning across cultures and world boundaries.
- trying to understand the distinct Asian accent
What the girls liked:
- getting Bill to work out where we were from in the first place. We showed him pictures of Australia
- liked hearing the accent even though it was hard to understand.
- just liked linking up with different countries. Can find out different things like what they are learning about.
- I am learning about countries and where people are from by their accents. We can learn their culture from it – tells us where they are from and their history from people who actually live there.
Further questions we now have:-
- Is Taiwan accepting refugees from Syria? Why or why not?
- What countries do they accept refugees from?
- Where do most of their immigrants come from?
- Where do most of their refugees come from?
- and so much more?
And the reaction from the class in Taiwan:
However, I just gave a lesson about this issue to my Grade 6 students.
My class and I pay highest respect to all the nations which will give great help to the refugees and my G6 classes will make peace cranes to exchange with an American class.
Anne, thank you so much. My class read your message (re the fact Australia is taking in Syrian refugees) and they just started to know how serious the situation is and what your country has contributed to those people in urgent need.
and continuing conversations brought this message:
There were another 2 classes of mine also went on discussing and getting to know that there are great amount of people suffering and facing the threatening of losing lives in order to live in a safer place… And there are generous nations to receive those people. News reports here are full of coming presidential elections next year and entertainment news….We are not connecting to the world most of time.
One of the biggest learnings from global collaboration is that of knowing and understanding your own culture. I am so grateful to live in Australia, the lucky country!