Today’s blog is a guest post from my Singapore colleague Agisa Abdulla. Agisa is a homeroom teacher and an Edtech coach in the Preschool at German European School in Singapore. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and certified IB PYP educator with a lot of experience in international teaching. Connect with her on Twitter.
After talking with Agisa online and connecting in person many times, I helped Agisa get a connection for one of her inquiries and asked her to write a post about her experience – these are the stories that need to be told and this is Agisa’s genuine, authentic and personalized Global Connection story! Enjoy…
My 5-year-old students were inquiring into natural cycles as part of their inquiry into the unit ‘How the World Works’. They were inquiring into the concept of change and had been observing the clouds to see how they moved and how the sky changed with the movement of the clouds. Through their observations, they figured out that the movement of clouds was connected to the change in weather. ‘Sometimes it looks like the clouds are not moving.’ ‘But when you do a timelapse you see that it is moving.’ ‘They are all fluffy clouds. It will be a nice day.’
They were happy observing the clouds and forecasting the weather until one day their forecast was wrong. It was sunny and bright skies in the morning but the afternoon brought rain. The children were confused and a little upset. ‘How could our predictions be wrong? The books said that the fluffy clouds mean nice weather.’
So their inquiry began!
They found books and videos about weather patterns and wanted to talk to a ‘scientist who knows about the weather’. They found that such specialists are called meteorologists. As their facilitator, I asked my PLN on Twitter if anyone could connect me to a meteorologist. As expected, I immediately heard from Craig who helped me out and connected me to a meteorologist in the US that he has worked with in the past. The power of being a connected educator had cemented itself in my mind!
It was an amazing inquiry. We did a Google hangout with a meteorologist in the US who happened to also do the weather forecast on television. The children talked to her while she was in her studio and learned about ways that they could find out about weather changes and how they could forecast the weather.
Such an authentic and meaningful global connection could not have happened without technology and without people like @mrkempnz who share and collaborate online. My classroom has no walls because of people like that in my PLN.