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An Exciting Global Learning Experience

Discovery Education and the Historic Royal Palaces recently invited students and classes from around the world to join in a 30 minute national school assembly to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, live from the Tower of London. On November 10th students around the world were able to view the live stream program from the Tower of London and see the exhibit of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moot representing those killed in WW1.   10,628 schools registered, 42 countries were involved and 925,726 students took part in this global activity.    Students in fourth and fifth grade at Rocky River had the opportunity to participate in global activities that day and later in the week during Global Studies.  Students were excited to participate and learn with students from other countries about the same topic. 

The students learned how the day is called by many different names around the world.  In Great Britain it is Remembrance Day and in the USA it is Veteran’s Day. This is a day to remember and honor those who fought and died for freedom in 20th century wars and those that continue to fight in modern wars and conflicts around the world.   They learned that Australia has a day called Anzac Day.   The students learned how the poppy is a symbol of the blood shed during the war and why we should remember.  The only way to understand our own time is to remember what has happened in the past.  We see a world that is different from the one we live in and by reading and seeing pictures we don’t forget. 

Students created a google doc sharing their knowledge about Remembrance Day and the importance of remembering things from our past.  During the program a primary school in Canada and one in England wrote a poem simultaneously through a skype session.  Students noticed that these students used some of the 7 habits like setting goals and synergizing (working together) even though they were in different locations.  Seeing this made them realize that in the future they may have opportunities to work with others around the world and use the habits they are learning.  Future jobs will involve people in different locations working on the same projects. 

The fourth and fifth grade students were asked to think and reflect, “Why should we learn and know about things happening in other parts of the world?  What impact will these events have on us in Monroe, North Carolina when we live miles away, even on different continents and it’s not happening here?”

 

 

Written by: Brenda Todd
Posted: Nov 13, 2014 by Brenda Todd

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