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BLaST IU participates in international collaboration with classrooms in Wales

As American students arrive each morning, students nearly half a world away in Wales near the end of their academic day. Why should time and distance keep these young minds from collaborating with each other?

Fifth and sixth-grade students in the BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 region are currently participating in a transatlantic collaboration with students in Wales according to a press release. There are currently five total classrooms: Jersey Shore Area Middle School, Southern Tioga Area School District and Loyalsock Township Middle School participating in this unique international partnership, initiated by StartSOLE and BLaST Intermediate Unit 17.

Each Pennsylvania classroom is partnered with a Welsh classroom to make introductions and discuss local communities. With synchronous and asynchronous components being completed through Flipgrid, the goal of the partnership is to provide students with an opportunity to communicate with and learn about different lifestyles the release said.

“At BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 we strive to transform lives and communities through educational solutions. This opportunity is an incredible experience for students and teachers, as we continue to learn from one another.

“As students have been sharing about their local communities and introducing their communities to their partnering class, there have been a lot of ‘aha moments’. Students are seeing similarities and differences. There is power in each of these moments. I’m excited to see this project coming into fruition, and even more excited to see where it could go in the future,” Rebecca Gibboney, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17’s Coordinator of Professional Learning said in the release.

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