I was wondering if anyone out there would be willing to
help us out, and at the same time hopefully give your students a new experience
and possibly start a bit of a collaboration going into the future.
about to conduct an inquiry into how Australian identity has been shaped by
Australian history. For this, our Grade 5 and 6 students (ages 10-12) need some
sense of what Australian identity is, and I thought that a good start might be
to get our students talking to students from around the world and identify
things that makes Australians different from students from other
My thought is to do this through Skype. Our school uses
Skype extensively to access outside experts in various fields, as well as link
up with other schools for online discussions. Of course, I'm not wedded to this
idea, but I think it would have great impact if it could be done. So if you have
a group of students who would like to talk about their identity to our kids,
we'd love to talk to you. We are planning on making some links in the week
starting April 12th. Some questions for you to consider...
• What festivals are important in your country?
• What did you have for dinner last night?
• What sports do you play?
• Describe your dwelling
• Describe your city or town
• Where we you born? Where were your parents born? What is
• What sorts of jobs do your parents do?
• Who are considered heroes in your country?
• Who gets to go to school in your country?
• Who lives in your house?
• What do you think makes your country special to you?
• Who leads your country? Do your parents vote?
• What do you want to be when they grow up?
• What religions are in your class?
• What languages do you speak at home? In school?
Finally, not that we're fussy, but if there are any Asian schools out there who'd be interested in hooking up with us, that
would be fantastic, as our curriculum outcomes specify comparisons with Asian
countries. And the time difference problem would be easier too!
Rob Sbaglia, Castlemaine North Primary School