Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Look Out, Columbus! The World is Flat

How do you help your students connect with the world around them? Last week, we celebrated Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492. While Columbus discovered that the world was not flat, Thomas Friedman's popular book, The World is Flat, brings up some valid points against America's favorite explorer. The Internet allows my students to stack and study graphing with first graders at a Lutheran school in Asia. Google Apps for Education helps my students write stories with their peers across the continent. My students could Skype with Spanish-speaking students in Mexico to practice their communication skills. While Columbus may have been correct in a physical sense, this world is most definitely not flat.

What is the Postcard Exchange? Last year, I was teaching state history and looking for a project for my students to connect with other states in a real way. After failing to find a group to join, I created my own project. We only had 40 states in the first group and the other three never started. One year later, we have 50 groups, over 1,000 teachers, and almost 10 completed groups. All of the participants will have the opportunity to join this year. We also have our own Facebook group for you to follow the fun at https://www.facebook.com/postcardexchange. We'd love for you to join us!

I am so excited to see what this project is doing for students around the country. I wasn't the only one. Sign Up Genius is a website used to coordinate group information for snacks, meetings, and other activities like the Postcard Exchange. They saw our project and featured us on their blog this week at http://www.signupgenius.com/blog/pid/1084. Thank you for the opportunity to connect students across the country! Want to join us? Learn more at http://thepostcardexchange.wikispaces.com/.

God's blessings!

postcard for classroom exchange