Skyping with the students at Highlawn Primary School in Bolton, UK

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On Friday night I sat up late and skyped with our blogging buddies in Bolton, UK. The students were very excited and so was I. The students at Highlawn have an award winning blog. They all contribute their writing, ideas, puzzles and more, on a daily basis. Along with our other pent blogging group from Newcastle, Maple class and Canada, we each take turns to be the focus blog. The other classes visit the focus blog and leave comments or ask questions. As it was Highlawns turn to be our focus, it was great to have the opportunity to skype with them. Some of their questions included:
Where is our school situated?
What is it like in Blackburn south?
What time do Australian students attend class?
What subjects do Australian children learn?
Do they learn another language?
What do Australian students eat for lunch?
They also wanted to know what my favorite subjects are to teach. I couldn’t choose between maths, art and blogging.
Thank you again to Mrs Duxbury and her fabulous class for the chance to chat with the blogging stars of Highlawn.
Picture courtesy of Cherise Duxbury

Skyping Quantum about Minecraft


Today we skyped with the Scientists from Quantum Victoria. They are the organisation who set up the minecraft server for our students to work on, Minecraft-Mining for Science and Mathematics. It has been a very successful project. Simon has been such a great mediator that he was awarded as the first student minecraft moderator. It was an exciting moment for all of us but especially for Simon. It was a big surprise. We also took the opportunity to ask some of our minecraft questions. It has been a great learning experience for everyone involved and it is certainly challenging many of our Maths and Science skills. Thankyou Quantum Victoria.