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August 21, 2012 / tasha cowdy

Saying goodbye to global friends

Cross-posted from KC class blog. Click on Kindergarten around the world category on the right hand side bar on the KC blog to see how the collaboration had developed throughout the year.

Through-out the year the children in KC have communicated and collaborated with KinderPals on the other side of the world. This relationship has provided an authentic purpose and audience for both classes to inquire, create and construct understanding. The children have communicated through blog comments, twitter, postal mail, Google docs and Skype. The partnership has been an important part of the children’s learning and has woven through all curriculum areas: the children have developed important literacy skills through shared reading and writing engagements for a real purpose and audience; they have conducted inquiries into each other’s significant cultural events; they have shared and compared mathematical understandings; they have begun to explore the concept of digital citizenship and the role of web-based tools -something that many of us adults are struggling to come to terms with, but which will undoubtedly play an increasing role in the education and future of this “web generation’ of children.

As we reflected on our group learning journey in Kindergarten, several of the children mentioned KinderPals. Olivia summed up the feelings of many children when she said “I’m excited about going to Grade 1 but I think it’s a shame that we won’t be able to tweet with KinderPals anymore because we are all going to different classes.” On the other side of the world, KinderPals were also reflecting on the shared learning journey. They sent us this goodbye on video!

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