Live STREAM: Students learn via Skype at Carmel Creek

Scientist Jeff De Quatro Skypes with Carmel Creek students from the Nature Conservancy in Mobile, Alabama.
(Karen Billing)

Carmel Creek Elementary School is using technology to bring ideas and lessons from all over the country and world into the classrooms in Carmel Valley. Last week, students were participating in two Global Connections projects designed by Laurie Narmore, the STREAM teacher on special assignment.

In kindergarten, Megan Laughlin’s students are learning about weather from a class in Marietta, Georgia. The students Skype each other to get updates on the weather and pre-record videos to share. Both classrooms are charting the weather data and making comparisons.

Kindergartner Sierra gives students in Georgia the weather report from San Diego.
Kindergartner Sierra gives students in Georgia the weather report from San Diego. (Karen Billing)

When it’s time to Skype, Laughlin calls out “Georgia!” and the students rush to their desks to fix their eyes on the screen and see their little friends across the country. One student is tasked with giving the day’s weather report, noting if it feels windy or warm outside and what the temperature is. Marietta’s weather is a bit more varied than San Diego, noted Narmore.

In the third grade, students used technology to supplement their learning about extreme weather by Skyping with Jeff De Quatro, director of restoration at The Nature Conservancy in Mobile, Alabama. De Quatro shared with the students about his job assessing hurricane damage in places such as Belize and the Bahamas, making not only a global connection but a career connection.

“I look at the environment and say how much damage is caused and see if I can put a dollar amount on it,” De Quatro explained, showing photos of hurricane damage, repair and damage prevention methods. “It’s really hard to put a dollar amount on nature but we’re getting better at it.”

The third graders can use the information shared by De Quatro as, in their STREAM class, they are working on designing structures meant to withstand severe weather.

At the end of De Quatro’s session, students shared just how global the Carmel Creek community really is, saying thank you in some of the 27 different languages spoken at the school.


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