Two sections of our 4th grade are studying the Northeast region of the United States. I am working as liaison and tech support, trying to find a 4th grade class that would be interested in doing a short term project with us sometime in the next 5-6 weeks.
We have good internet access and are an almost 99% Mac district. (Students and teachers have access to laptops with iSite cameras.)
We would hope to connect with another classroom via video conference (Skype?) to have the students interview each other about everyday life in their community.
Our elementary school is in a small town of less than 3,000 people, bordered by two larger cities, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (http://www.solon-iowa.com/
) and our school has just over 500 students.
Many of our 4th graders have never been to a metropolitan area larger than DesMoines. It would be very interesting for them to communicate with real kids about life in a completely different environment.
We would prep or followup with some sort of photo/video content, as we plan to "publish" a classroom album as a wrap up.
Here are links to the 2 classes that will be participating (we can do separate projects or combine them into one):
First step would be to connect the classroom teachers and then we could start working out details. Anyone interested, or know someone who might be interested? Or is there another way to look for this kind of partner?