From North Dakota to Norway: Making Friends Around the World

Flags from a school parade in Norway

Flags from a school parade in Norway

At Century Elementary in Grand Forks, North Dakota, 4th graders used Netbooks to collaborate on a blog with Norwegian students, posting articles, photos and comments about school and family life.

“Students were eager to post on the blog and viewed it at home, sharing it with their parents,” principal Cindy Cochran said. During the last week of school, children from Grand Forks and Norway met face-to-face on Skype. “They were anxiously counting down the days, knowing they were going to see their new friends from Norway and hear them speak.”

Century students also used the Netbooks to write and illustrate books on oceans, space, animals and other topics for children in Uganda through E-luminate.org, which engages schools in creating nonfiction educational materials for children around the world.

“Students worked for hours on their books, and voluntarily asked other students to edit their work,” Cochran said.

Century’s Global Communications: An International Learning Community project was funded by a 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream Grant.

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