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Students Skype with School in Egypt
Students Skype with School in Egypt
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1st- and 2nd-grade students at Providence Day School participated in interactive Skype lessons with students from the Modern English School (MES) Cairo in Egypt Oct. 29-30.
1st- and 2nd-grade students at Providence Day School participated in interactive Skype lessons with students from the Modern English School (MES) Cairo in Egypt Oct. 29-30.

PDS 2nd-grade teacher Patricia Hamlett, who is currently spending the 2014-15 school year teaching at MES Cairo, an independent British/American day school, arranged the interactions.

Skype is application software that provides video chats from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the Internet to other devices. Using their classroom Smart Board, Susanne Reid’s 1st-graders and the MES Cairo students greeted each other with American and Egyptican flags Oct. 29.

They took turns asking each other questions and then played a game during which they established their common interests — a way to show how students living on different continents with different cultural norms could have much in common.

“We had a wonderful learning experience with our Skype lesson on Wednesday,” said Reid. “It was a great experience, and we really appreciated the opportunity to be a part of that special activity with their school.”

Erica Katz’s 2nd-graders and MES Cairo students greeted one another via Skype Oct. 30 with American and Egyptian flags and exchanged questions. The classes then performed songs for the others to enjoy.

“My students … were excited to talk to kids so far away on another continent. They were really struck by the similarities they noticed in the classrooms,” said Katz. “They really sought out the similarities, more than the differences.”