Reinhard Marx is an innovative connected teacher in Germany and part of the HLW Skypers group. He organised Christmas Around the World and brought the world to his class as well as to those who participated.
I was registered to be a participant in the first class as it was night time in Australia. Unfortunately, I had no class with me. Kim from International Community School of Abidjan from Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa also joined us with her class.
We shared how we celebrate Christmas in our countries. Reinhard’s class shared and I used screen sharing to show a presentation with pictures of what it is like where I live. Kim’s class showed a video story. Each of the students individually shared where they are from and how they celebrate Christmas. It was fascinating to learn of our similarities but also our differences.
As the session drew to a close, the German students sang “Oh Tannenbaum” for us. The words for this carol were shared on our screens. The next minute, Kim’s class broke out in energetic singing and harmonies. The passion of both songs brought sheer delight.
The African class had to move, so I stayed on and showed my packet of Christmas cards and bonbons. The German students did not know bonbons. I opened one, and showed the little toy, party hat and riddle that came with it.
Our friend Maria del Colussa from Argentina also joined us for a few minutes but will be part of the next formal class.
Christmas Around the World will continue through the next few hours with other classes and students joining in. What an amazing experience for Reinhard’s classes and for us!!
How it worked! Reinhard shared
- a google document with us so that we could add the most suitable times.
- a google map so we could add our location using pins
- the google hangout link to connect
We used screen share to show our presentations and the chat to share questions and comments during the presentations.
What surprised me! The African students were so, so confident and had lots of questions. The German students were rather shy as English is their second or third language.
Other countries involved include Hungary, Sweden, India.
Most amazing is that this connection made the German newspaper. See the article online.