St. Michael Students Use Technology to Access the World - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
January 05, 2013 6:58 pm • By Carmen McCollum email@example.com
Jennifer Townsend, Kelly Orze and Suzie Frankovich, all St. Michael School eighth-graders, broadcast the news every Friday to the entire school through the St. Michael School news station. The anchors share international news from their ePALS.
SCHERERVILLE | Students at St. Michael School are reaching out to others across the world through a pen pal program, sharing their respective cultures.
Technology coordinator Brenda Tovsen established the program this school year. She said the ePALS program connects 4.5 million students and teachers in 191 countries for teacher-designed cross-cultural and interactive projects.
Classrooms use monitored email, language translation, discussion boards, maps and more to work and learn together.
Tovsen said, "We find a partner classroom and collaborate on school projects, practice foreign language skills and establish international friendships."
She said eighth-graders correspond with epals in Norway. The students talked about the presidential election and immigration to the United States and to Norway. "Some discussions were quite interesting," Tovsen said.
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