Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Smith Elementary & Rural Hall Elementary - Dec. 15, 2009

Students from Smith Elementary shared with students from Rural Hall today about NC.  Smith Elementary is in Craven County and they are close to New Bern, which is celebrating it's 300th Anniversary in 2010.  Rural Hall students shared about Pitt, Durham, and Haywood counties and also some "Christmas Around the World" activities they have been doing in class.  Good job, students!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 10 skype conference

Questions between these two fourth-grade classes that were asked and answered:
1. Where is your school located? (region, country, and closest town/city)
2. What is the approximate population of your community?
3. What is the size of your school? (number of studnets and teachers)
4. Is your community located near a body of water? If so, which one?
5. What is the weather like in your area today?
6. What outdoor activities are popular in your region?
7. What are the major ways that people in your community make a living?
8. Are there any cultural characteristics in your area that are celebrated?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

3 NC Regions Meet November - March

Fourth graders meet once a month to share information about our state that they are learning and studying. Ms. Richardson's class is located in the coastal plains at Smith Elementary in Craven County. Ms. Howard's class is located in the piedmont at Rural Hall Elementary in Forsyth County. These classes are using skype video to meet and share information. The meeting dates are planned for:
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 - local communities - landmarks, population, jobs
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ms. Throckmorton's class meets with D.F. Walker Elementary in Edenton, NC, also in the coastal plains.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Carolina Connections - Fall 2009

Ms. Throckmorton continues to work with her 4th grade class in Carolina Connections and is joined this year by Ms. Howard. These two fourth grade teachers will share with partner schools as they study and learn and share our state.
Ms. Throckmorton -
Ms. Howard -

Monday, August 3, 2009

Beginning, Growing, Still Learning & Having Fun

Our equipment when we began videoconferencing. A Polycom Viewstation FX and two televisions.

Sharing state region research.

Students share "piedmont region" information with class and partners in the mountains.

More sharing. The students met every two weeks for a 30 minute videoconference. They shared region information, favorite things to do, had an exercise game for "EOG stress relief", played a North Carolina Trivial game, and generally enjoyed learning together.

More Photos from Carolina Journey

Now that's a rock! Actually a core sample from the local rock quarry.

Students share the "Piedmont" weather with their mountain partners.

Students take turns sharing information about our region of the state with partner classes.

This is the original map used in 2004 for beginning Carolina Journey. Three schools connecting to study our state.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Update - three fourth grade teachers and the school technologist are at NC Teacher Academy (tech camp). Today's adventure is on geocaching. This would be a great addition to the videoconferences and wiki collaboration. We can put "caches" at our state historical sites to share. How about it North Carolina 4th graders! Let's go have fun learning about our state!

In the fall of 2009 we hope to have a Carolina Connection partner for all 4th grade classes. Each class will share every other week for 30 minutes with another 4th grade class in North Carolina. We will share our reading, writing, and information about the state and our region.
Ms. Howard - partner class to videoconference
Ms. Leonard - post on blog or wiki
Ms. McLelland - post on blog or wiki
Ms. Throckmorton - partner class to videoconference

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Coastal Plains

Another new partner is D.F. Walker Elementary School in Edenton, NC. They are located in the coastal plains region. Ms. Howard and Ms. Throckmorton will be videoconferencing after testing this year and into next year.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Welcome to Carolina Connections! Our school is beginning a new "connection" after loosing a great one when a teacher retired from Saluda School. Formerly Carolina Journey, we participated in a blog and videoconference connection every two weeks for three years with a class in the mountain region of NC. Our school is on the western side of the piedmont region.

Our "new beginning" connects Forsyth County (4th graders at Rural Hall School) with 4th graders in Franklin County, at the eastern end of the piedmont region. Look for student activities and sharing and news here.

Rural Hall School - Ms. Howard's -------
Rural Hall School - Ms. Throckmorton --- Franklinton School - Ms. Bishop

Ms. Throckmorton's & Ms. BIshop's Conferences
Tuesday, April 7 - 11:15-11:45 AM