We take pleasure in hosting a global collaborative project titled, ‘Capturing Christmas across the Globe’ using Skype. Between 15th and 24th December 2015, classrooms from across the globe will connect for about an hour to share the ways in which they celebrate Christmas. Christmas is one of the most well-known holidays around the world, it is celebrated in very different ways. This sessions aims to capture this celebration and some of the traditions from across the globe.
In the lead up to Christmas, students will deepen their understanding of different Christmas traditions across the world by asking other children from around the world about how they celebrate Christmas in their community. They’ll share the traditions, celebrations, symbols, food and festivities that mark Christmas for them and sing carols in their native language/ traditional manner.
Plan for the hour:
- Greet & meet (10 mins): students will greet each other in their native languages, introduce themselves, their school and their country, locate the city on the globe and exchange pleasantries.
- Talk about Christmas celebrations (30 mins): Begin with finding out ‘Many Ways to Say Merry Christmas’. They then exchange information about various aspects of Christmas- traditions, customs, decorations at home and school, Santa Claus, food and their favourite part of celebrating Christmas.
- Sing carols (20 mins): both locations take turns to sing 2-3 most popular carols and share e-greeting cards with each other.
- Closure (10 mins): thanking each other for sharing the information and see if you could do this again post-Christmas to share their feelings and thoughts and check out how they plan to bring in the New Year.
This is an endeavor to not only build students’ cultural awareness, critical thinking, and geography skills but to bring in perspective of varied learning environments and approaches by interacting with other learners. The sessions held in past have awakened the students’ curiosity about other cultures and ways of life. The differences and commonalities that classes shared with us fostered many thought provoking discussions. The students increased awareness and understanding of other people and lifestyles was heartwarming.
In case time zones are an issue, we can have an option to video record the school assemblies, students singing carols, capture the classrooms and short clippings of student’s questions and comments. These videos can then be shared by the educator along with the students who are able to log in at that time even if they do so from their homes.
We highly encourage you to participate in this session and benefit from it. De Pedagogics is happy to facilitate the call for you and connect you with another classroom in the country/world. Please fill in your preferred date and time in the attached excel file: http://1drv.ms/1WSb9CM
Request you to please share your intent and preference at the earliest.
12 thoughts on “Capturing Christmas across the Globe”
Our schools close on the 10 December. Are we not allowed to start earlier? Its a good project.
Once my teachers sign up, will they be contacted about making a connection?
Sure Sandi, Once the educator fills in the details in the Excel file, I’ll connect him/her with another educator whose date and time match. Please do request the educator(s) to leave behind their email id. Thanks
We would absolutely love to be a part of this as we are focusing our learning the month of December on children around the world! Our time zone makes this tricky as we are EST, can we plan a video session or Skype with another time zone? Thanks for setting this up!
Thanks for your interest Karina, please give me some time as I’m trying to find you a partner. Warm regards
I would love to be apart of this. We are EST so it might be tricky but please let me know. 🙂
Thanks for your interest. Yes you are right our time zones are a bit tricky. we can host the 1st session at 5:30 pm IST which is 7:00 am EST. later than that it gets very late even for boarding students. The grades that I have currently who can Skype at that time are students from Grade7-9. please let me know if this suits you and ill connect you. Warm regards
Would you write me a mail to check the exact time difference? Thank you
Thank you for your interest in this project, the Skype meet excel sheet is currently saved in Indian standard Time and we are in India at GMT + 5:30. Please share your email id so that I can share further details with you.
My mail is: email@example.com
The skype session about Christmas 🎅 around the globe with Ridge valley school in India under teacher Sonali Malik was one of the best. Learners enjoyed it. The highlight moment was when they exchange gifts and sing corals. That was wow!🎄 🎅💕
Thanks Phuti for your kind words and appreciation. It was our pleasure to connect with you and your students. We are planning to capture each session using Sway loading it with pictures, videos and interesting comments. Post this we’ll compile all Sways into one master Sway and share it with the world. So incase you are able to make the Sway we’ll be happy to include it in the master Sway. We await for you to share the video for the same. Thank you again for your time and effort.