Students in the BRIDGE Program are learning about heritage, identity, and tradition through an exploration of historical landmarks and famous places. For six weeks, classrooms in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, the U.S., and Yemen research historical landmarks and engage in cross-cultural communication in an asynchronous discussion forum. Learn more about their collaborative project….
INTRODUCTIONS: Classrooms began their virtual exchange with introductions. Students and classrooms shared information about themselves, their schools, and their communities.
WEEK ONE: Students research historical landmarks in their country and share in the collaboration centre. Students pose questions and engage in dialogue with other classrooms about their chosen landmarks.
WEEK 2: Students work collaboratively to select one of their country partners’ historical landmarks and compare and contrast the landmark to their own. To help inform their work, students have online discussions across classrooms to learn more about these landmarks and their cultural significance.
WEEK 3: Students visit local landmarks and interview people about the landmark.
WEEK 4: Students take their work a step further and learn how different landmarks around the world are connecting to peace and justice.
WEEK 5: Students create final projects. Some classrooms create videos and power points, while others constructed 3D depictions of landmarks. Their final work is shared and celebrated during a synchronous video conference.