Christmas Around the World Project 2015

As a follow-up to the successful project last year (see here), we will once again be looking to connect classrooms across the world. In the lead up to Christmas, you can deepen your understanding of different Christmas traditions by asking other children from around the world about how they celebrate Christmas in their community.

The project is simple, sign up using the form below, pick a school from the number of willing participants in the spreadsheet and arrange a time to connect using a variety of ways such as Skype, Google Hangouts and Ustream/periscope. Please be aware of time zone differences and this website may help - Click Here.

You may also wish to live stream an assembly or Christmas show to share with the world to Youtube or use Periscope, or if you have been busy blogging and creating work related to Christmas, you can share it on the global Padlet below.

What you may need to take part in this project:
All you need to do is fill out this form and add your class to the database. The best thing about the project is that it is completely FREE! See the bottom of the page for responses:

Ways in which to use this project:

Obviously the main aim is to connect live with another class from around the world, the easiest way to do this would be to use Skype.

The free account with Skype will let you connect with one school from around the world. However as an alternative Google Hangouts on Air allows you to connect with up to 10 people. This means more than one class from a school can connect with other schools or one class can connect with a range of different classes. Google Hangouts also allows you to live stream the video chat to YouTube and will save this as a video afterwards, meaning children can watch the conversation again and again. This also gives you the ability to broadcast an assembly or school performance for Parents who may not be able to attend or one of the classes you are connecting with. Another option as far as live streaming is to use UStream which allows you to broadcast live an assembly for anyone to watch live. Quality of video will depend on the strength of your Wifi and the quality of webcam.

Note - if you are considering streaming a performance, check about permission for children to appear online. You may want to check with Parents first before going ahead. For more information on live streaming - click here and here.

If you are unable to use Skype or Google but you still want to share some of the exciting activities your class have been doing leading up to Christmas, add it to our Padlet below. Just simple click on a space add your name and location and link either a blog post or YouTube video or even upload a picture for all to see: HERE IS A LINK TO THIS PADLET TO APPEAR BIGGER AND SEE ALL THE ENTRIES

Find someone on the map and contact them to arrange to share -

And here is a list of other classes who have signed up for the project:

Please do send any comments, examples of work or photos to, I would love to see how this project has worked for different schools!


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