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Global Classroom Projects Bring Together Children Who Are Worlds Apart

Publication: USC Upstate Headline News
Date: October 29, 2008

Summary: The Global Classroom Project, with help from the Spartanburg Writing Project, connects schools in South Carolina, South Africa, and California by having students share their multimedia digital stories and interact via video conferences.


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This is an amazing project from both the local and global perspective," said Tasha A. Thomas, composition instructor and director of the Spartanburg Writing Project. "Just in Spartanburg alone, we are seeing that the students come from vastly different worlds. Learning about other students their same age is going to be so eye-opening for these children."

Thomas shares that while students from Cleveland Elementary School are writing about life in Victoria Garden, the students from Spartanburg Day School are writing about trips to Lake Summit and Clemson football games. She said that many students from Carver Junior High School have relocated to the Spartanburg area and share their experiences about life in other places such as New York City and Washington, D.C.

Copyright © 2008 University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. Reprinted with permission.
Bradshaw, Liezell, and Tasha Thomas. 2008. "Global Classroom Projects Brings Together Children Who Are Worlds Apart." USC Upstate: University Communications. October 29.

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