Thursday, 22 November 2012

Our ISLM Bookmark Exchange!

Last year, we had so much fun creating our bookmarks and artifacts for our two Global Classroom buddies during International School Libraries Month, that this year, we decided to go even bigger. So we're exchanging bookmarks with schools in FIVE countries - Croatia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Pakistan and the United States of America!

Since this year is also the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago's independence, we have chosen to let all our bookmarks reflect the theme of our Proud to read T&T project. We explored NALIS' website thoroughly  especially the subject guide and digital library collection. Each handcrafted bookmark shares something very special about our country, something unique and very Trinbagonian!

Monday, 19 November 2012

What do people eat in Sierra Leone?

This week , our quadblogging group is posting about local foods. Who knows what they eat in Australia and Greece? Well, we don't either, but we are going to find out!

And we have made a new GLOBAL CONNECTION! Our Global Classroom friends from Ms. Kanu's class live in Sierra Leone, which is a country in West Africa. They sent us a presentation about what people eat in their country. Strangely enough, some dishes sound a lot like foods we eat in Trinidad and Tobago...
Click on the picture to view the slideshow and don't forget to leave a comment on the Edmodo Grade 5 Collaboration wall if you want to find out more about food in Congo Town, Sierra Leone!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The weather in Trinidad and Tobago

When Hurricane Sandy hit the United States, everyone here was watching on television. The West Indies, lie in the path of most hurricanes, so we have seen nature's destructive force before. However, many of us have friends and relatives in the New York area, so we were especially concerned. We were very worried when we saw the pictures and videos on the news and we are very grateful to Mrs Leo from the St. Joseph School in Boston for sharing a Voicethread created by her son about this experience.

And here are some posts from the Form 1s sharing about weather and seasons in our country.

 Click on any of the links to read and enjoy and please, don't forget to leave a comment or just ask a question if you want!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Skype adventures 2012 #1

Country:- Portugal

On Friday, the Form 6s had an amazing Skype session with the students of the Agrupamento de Escolas de Figueiró dos Vinhos. We had prepared for the session by checking out the resources on the NALIS website and with that and their general knowledge, they were ready!
First they all introduced themselves and then each group shared about their country and culture, youth issues and education. The girls even showed them our Divali display in the library and then mentioned our school's upcoming Divali celebration complete with tassa drumming, sitar instrumentals,dancing and singing etc.
Our learners noticed that the Portuguese students seemed were somewhat surprised about our activities as we are a Roman Catholic school. There was a very lively exchange about what it means to live in a truly multicultural society!

Monday, 5 November 2012

How Books Rocked Taylor Swift's World

She's actually seeing RED. And no, she's not mad or embarrassed. She's a part of RED (Read Every Day), an initiative launched by Scholastic Publishers, to encourage global literacy.

In a live webcast, Taylor Swift spoke to millions of students about how books made her the singer she is today. She was very open and articulate as she explained how fables, fairy tales, and poetry inspired her imagination and taught her to be a stronger person.

Click on the picture to hear the entire webcast!