Have you ever written a poem with someone 4,772 miles away? Well, our fifth graders have! Today the students in 5b participated in the culminating experience of a collaborative poetry project with their Baltimore buddies.
We began the projects a few weeks ago with a Skype session in which Mrs. Falatko, the fifth grade teacher in Baltimore, talked to both classes about poetry for two voices. You can see my blog posting on that skype session by clicking here!
The fifth graders then used Edmodo and Voicethread, two Web 2.0 tools, to collaborate in the practicing and writing of poems for two voices. The students worked with a partner, one student from Baltimore and one from Hawai’i, to create their own poem for two voices.
The positive communication that took place during the writing of the poems was amazing! They were very excited to be speaking their poems aloud with each other during their small group Skype sessions.
And guess what! There was a local news crew filming in Baltimore. We made the news! Check out the video of the news segment, and below that check out some pics and video clips of our Skype.