Nov
08

Video Chat with Belize

Filed Under (Science, Social Studies) by on November 8, 2009 and tagged ,

This Wednesday we had out first video chat of the year. We called Gallon Jug Community School in Belize. Here is a picture of their school, with the rainforest in the background.

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Gallon Jug Community School

Gallon Jug Community School

And here is where Belize and Connecticut are located on the globe:

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Connecticut, USA and Belize

Connecticut, USA and Belize

We spoke with the school’s principal, Mr. Casey, and some of his students. It was exciting to talk into the computer’s camera and see ourselves on the big screen! We could also see and hear the 7th and 8th graders all the way from Belize.

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Using the computer's web-camera

Using the computer's web-camera

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Learning from our Belize friends

Learning from our Belize friends

We learned a lot about the rainforest from our video chat. We asked the students questions and they gave us excellent information.

Here are some of the things we learned:

  • It doesn’t rain all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t rain for weeks. There is a rainy season and a dry season.
  • The rainforest is loud in the morning and evening because of howler monkeys and birds, but is kind of quiet during the day.
  • Bats are very important to the rainforest because they spread fruit seeds and also pollinate flowers that open at night.
  • They get to see a lot of animals! Like monkeys, jaguars, iguanas, and LOTS of birds.
  • One boy said he has seen 3 jaguars, 22 ocelots, and a few pumas and jaguarundis!
  • Algae and slime grow on sloths because they are so slow and wet. The green algae helps the sloth stay camouflaged. Also, sometimes they lick their fur to eat some of the algae for protein!

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Thank you Gallon Jug Community School!

Thank you Gallon Jug Community School!

Our first video chat was a great experience. Thank you to Mr. Casey and his students in Gallon Jug! We didn’t have time for all our questions, so maybe we will be able to have another video chat soon…

Ideas for comments:

Would you like to live near a rainforest?

What was the most interesting part of the video chat?

or,

Any comments you would like to share!



7 Responses to “Video Chat with Belize”

  1.   Kathleen McGeady Says:

    Hi Mr Salsich’s class,
    What a fantastic experience! I must say I hadn’t even heard of Belize until I discovered your website and blog. I think it is fantastic that you can use technology to learn about another culture.
    I can’t imagine living near a rainforest but I think it would be very beautiful! I hope you get to share all the things you find out about Belize on this blog and I’m keen to learn more!
    From your friend in Australia, Miss McGeady.

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  2.   Mr. Casey Says:

    Mr. Salsich and class,
    We enjoyed our videochat with you all very much. We were excited to share our knowledge of the rainforest with all of you. You all asked great questions! We love where we live and the more we all know about the rainforest the more we will protect it for the future. So, please use your knowledge to spread the word about all the rainforest has to offer the world! Thank you very much Mr. Salsich! We hope to speak with you all again very soon. Mr. Casey & GJCS-Belize

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  3.   Ireland Says:

    Dear class,
    My favorite part of the video chat was when people got to look in the camera and see themselves on the big screen.

    From Ireland

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  4.   Brianna Says:

    The most interesting part was talking to the 7th and 8th graders and seeing the kids in Belize.

    From Brianna

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  5.   Nicholas P. Says:

    Dear class,

    I thought it was neat that the boy could see ocelots from his back door.

    Your friend, Nicholas

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  6.   Gabby Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I think the most interesting part of our video chat was that when the sloth grows all that moss it helps it stay camouflaged.

    I think we could make the video chat better next time because some students in our school didn’t say thank you or say hi or bye.

    From, Gabby

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  7.   RJ Says:

    Dear class,
    The most interesting part to me was seeing the rainforest from their school.
    from, RJ

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