Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our Brainstorm

This afternoon, we brainstormed some questions that we'd like to ask students and teachers from schools around the world. We also decided how we'd like to share this information about ourselves on our blog. Each week, we'll post a different topic for another school to respond to, either as a comment, or in a post that they create as another author of the blog. If you have ideas for other topics we might learn about other schools, please post them as comments to this post. Thanks for your thoughts!

What do you wear to school? (pictures, link to store, poll of favorite store)
What are you learning about? (type words)
What do you do after school? (poll)
What language do you speak? (type words and podcast the word hello)
What do you eat for lunch at your school? (video)
Are you allowed to go home to eat lunch?
What does it look like when you write? (pictures)
What are some of the rules at your school? (type words)
What time does your school start and end? (clocks)

The Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama

We created a podcast to talk about what we hope for our country and for our president. Follow the link to listen to what we hope our president can do for our country. Tell us about the leader of your country or region. Thanks for listening!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

In The Beginning

Hello and welcome to Global Ed Blog. This blog is coming to you thanks to the generosity of a mini-grant funded through Lower Moreland Township School District. Through the remainder of this school year, students and teachers from Lower Moreland, the country, and the world will have a forum to share information and learn from others about what's happening in schools today around the world. A little about us - my name is Ellen Zschunke and I am a first grade teacher here at Pine Road Elementary School. My first graders and I are very excited to learn more about education and customs around the world. We're sure we'll find lots of similarities and probably a few differences as well. This blog will be a safe spot to share this type of information. For the most part, teachers and parents (if students are home schooled or otherwise educated) of younger students in the early elementary grades (K-3) are invited to participate. When looking at all of our setting options here at "Global Ed Blog" I discovered that 100 authors can be invited to participate and post. Comments will be moderated by myself and I hope that we can really have a snowball effect. Emails have already been sent to solicit the input of other educators and more contact will be made in the coming days to invite others to become a part of our community. We look forward to all that we will learn and share. This site has the capability to share text postings, pictures, video, and voice. With that in mind, we also look forward to interacting in new ways with technology. Welcome to Web 2.0!