Bill Nye, the Science Guy, sent a message to our students for our Earth Day webcast.
On Earth Day, the 7th grade students presented information about fair trade, energy conservation, Rachel Carson, the future of nuclear energy, water, where our food comes from and more for our live webcast. We webcasted the whole school day (and after school). This year, we did something new, a live remote. Two students used a cell phone (still live on the webcast) and interviewed students and staff in the hallways. Perhaps, next year, we can expand our interviews to local areas in town, including the recycling station and the public library!
We received feedback from parents and listeners from Mexico, Canada, Argentina, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Maine that we could determine. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, gave us a personal, video message for the students, which were able to webcast! Each student earned a badge for webcasting that they posted to their personal blog. During vacation, I was surprised to receive an email from a student appreciative to have the webcasting experience!
By the way, all 6.5 hours are archived and available for your listening/viewing pleasure!
This year Earth Day fell on Good Friday and vacation for most schools in the US. We were not able to connect with schools on that day, but we were able to connect before Earth Day. Students from 3 different schools in Argentina skyped with our science classes to share their work (using Glogster) about Earth Day. We asked each other basic cultural questions then moved to questions about our endangered species, our areas of pollution and what we are doing to celebrate Earth Day and protect the environment. They asked thoughtful questions that really made us think. Later, our students commented on their posters.