Students Connect with Africa

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Students in Lauren Calvo’s ninth-grade Honors English class at the high school had the unique opportunity to participate in a video conference call with a class in Africa as part of the “African Storytelling Demonstrated by a Griot LIVE from Africa” program. The call was coordinated by library media specialists Rose Luna and Paula Ennis with Oiada International, a nonprofit center in Ghana, Africa, that connects African students with students in United States.

The video conference tied directly into the students’ lessons about Africa. In addition to reading Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” studying the Igbo culture and Europe’s colonization of Africa, the students also researched Nigerian fables/folktales and completed a creative project on them.
Collaborating with a class in Africa intertwined curriculum and technology while enhancing students’ learning.