Students at Fisher Elementary Connect with Egyptian Counterparts
You can study the history of Ancient Egypt from a textbook or you can Skype a classroom of third graders in Cairo, Egypt, and ask them questions. Fisher Elementary third graders chose to do both. After visiting Egypt, Fisher Teacher Charlie Cummings wanted his lessons to have a more modern component. “Today’s students need more than just book learning, they need to make the subject real to them. Short of a field trip to Egypt, I thought why not use technology to make this more interactive.” Cummings contacted the third grade teacher at the American International School of Cairo, and the two began a project for their students where weekly email letters were exchanged and a plan to Skype was discussed. Because of the time difference, Fisher students had to Skype at the start of their day before the Egyptian students went home.
Cummings says the students were surprised they have so much in common. “The students discussed family life, cities versus towns, sports and weather. Fisher students learned the difference between American football and what the rest of the world calls football – soccer. The Egyptian students learned that we have snow on the ground for five months of the year and have central heat in our homes but not typically central air. It’s the reverse for them. On the day we Skyped, it was five degrees here and 85 degrees there.”