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Cottage Lan Establishes 21st Century Virtual Connection with Korean Students

South Orangetown Central School District

On Wednesday, April 21st, fourth graders from Ms. Christie-Blick’s class at Cottage Lane Elementary School used video conferencing tools to link up with an elementary classroom in South Korea. The project, planned in collaboration with The Center for International Virtual Schooling (IVS) in New York City, is being orchestrated and implemented, at no cost to Cottage Lane Elementary School, or the South Orangetown Central School District.

The children have much to talk about as they share information about their cultures, helping children in a different country understand their customs. This 21st century mode of communication allows students to learn about a different culture, working with children from a different country on common curriculum goals to solve real-world problems, in addition to helping all the children begin to develop a deeper global perspective. As the Americans begin to understand an Asian culture, and the Koreans begin to understand the American culture, all are growing to respect each others’ differences, appreciate the fact that we all have much in common, and realize that now, in the 21st century, the other side of the world is not really so very far away. Read the full story >>

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