Making Global Connections

IST Grade 2 recently received the following message:

“We are a Grade 5 class from Hong Kong and we’re called the 5E Eagles. We’ve just created a links section on our Grade 5 class blog called “Our Global Community” 🙂

We’re writing you today because we like your blog and so we’ve added you to our Global Community list. We’ve either found you through Twitter, The EduBlog Challenge or because you’re already a contact of Ms. Cahusac.

Come and check us out or look at some of the other classes which are listed.”

Ms. Cahusac and her grade 5 students use EduBlogs, a free and easy way for teachers and students to communicate with family, friends and the world. Mr. McKillip has set up the IST Grade 2 website/blog using a free application called WordPress. WordPress and Edublogs, Wikis and Nings are just a few examples of the many free blog/website applications available for anyone to use.

What exactly is a blog?
A blog (a contraction of the term “weblog”) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. (from

It is important that students learn about the world they live in. As we venture into the 21st century it is important that we give students opportunities to use 21st Century Skills to connect and communicate with others around the world. The IST Grade 2 website/blog is just one of the many ways that students will be learning about and using these important skills.


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