I'm very gung-ho on trying to establish some working projects with like-minded primary teachers around the world, and esp. Kindergarten teachers. If you're interested, post something here so we can flesh out some ideas.
I'm moving to a PreK-5 building (ages 4- 10) in the fall, and I bet I can get some of the teachers to participate. Also, there's a teacher in this Ning, Elaine Wrenn, who used to do a project called Communities Around the World. I think there was a theme each month like playgrounds and kids compared their playgrounds around the world. I wonder if we could do something simple like that... and post pictures to a Flickr group for discussion purposes. Maybe teachers then could record the discussions and we could post them online somewhere for other classes to listen to. Maybe we could use VoiceThread?
I'm a Spanish teacher 2 days a week at a primary school near Birmingham, England - the details above look interesting and it might be something we could do.I don't have my own class - I teach everyone else's class Spanish and other things while the teachers have planning time, but I am going to run an afterschool club about links / blogging / podcasting etc so the above looks like fun!
I am Sally working with different grade students.
I have some interesting festive topics for collaborative projects with you all. They include:
1. New Years around the world
2. Happy Easter
3. Dragon Boat Festival
The collaborative projects are very flexible for any kinds of web2.0 tools such as voicethread, google doc, etc.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
I would be interested in exploring a collaborative project with one of your classes. I am an intructional technology specialist at an K-5 elementary school outside of Boston, MA. Grades 4 and 5 learn Chinese here so a collaboration with one of those classes might be possible. I believe Skyping would be possible as we are 13 hours behind you.
The new school year is fast approaching here in Canada and I'm just re-reading some of the posts over the summer. Are you still interested in hooking up to do something this fall? I think I'll need a few weeks of breathing space because, like you, I'm moving to a new building and I'm also taking on an admin. role along with teaching half time. I've looked into Voicethread a bit but haven't had a chance to check whether or not it will work on the system that our Board has adopted - there are quite a few blocks, etc.
Let me know if you still want to go ahead and in the meantime I'll check out things at my end.
I would be interested in learning more about this group. I will be teaching 2nd grade this year. While investigating communities this year, I would like to broaden students global awareness as well as help them grow culturally.