People often ask how where I have found educators to connect with. As the network grows, people tend to find me. One such person is Ngo Thanh Nam of Vietnam. Nam is also a Skype Master teacher, Asia’s Educator of the Year and has shares an impressive list of experiences and accomplishments. He has also connected me to a facebook group, connecting classrooms with a global focus on child abuse and safety. This has brought a further number of global connections. Again, I was added to a facebook Skype-a-thon group where a request from Nam was made to connect his class with another Asian class or educator as they were studying Asia.
The time requested suited me but I was on summer holidays, so had no students and I was not really from Asia. Australia is part of Pacifica. However, when I said I was available, Nam asked me to connect.
A presentation was quickly put together on Australia’s engagement with Asia under the following headings (on a personal involvement scale):-
- close neighbours
- trade (we live on a farm and sell our cattle and lamb to Asia.)
- tourism (my husband and I love to travel Asia, as do other Australians. Bali, Thailand and Vietnam are the popular destinations for Australians. Our school travels to China every second year)
- connected classrooms
- potential to solve global problems together etc
On connecting, I was introduced to the class and then proceeded to share my screen to show photos of our farm and photos illustrating the above connections with Asia.
Nam’s students then came up to the web camera on an individual basis, introduced themselves and then asked me questions on my knowledge of Asia – eg what foods are typically Asian etc? The students were well prepared, presented well to the camera, were articulate and spoke excellent English. Thanks Nam for the invitation. It was great to be part of your classroom.