Bringing real world learning front and center in the classroom, Ms.
Bravo, second grade teacher at Saints Cyril and Methodius in Deer Park,
organized a special video conference, introducing learning on the
Powhatan Indian Tribe to the second grade world. The students enjoyed
sharing virtual face time with instructors from the Mariners’ Museum
located in Newport News, Virginia.
Second graders delighted in learning
about how the Powhatan Tribe lived long ago. Hearing about the varied
responsibilities that the Powhatan children had, gave the students pause
for thought. The children of this tribe were taught to hunt, fish, and
even build their own houses at a young age. It excited the students to
learn that Pocahontas was a Powhatan princess and they loved being able
to see pictures of how she looked long ago. For the students, video
conferencing is a nice break from traditional classroom learning, but
moreover, through a wise use of technology, these global connections
make our vast world seem just a little smaller and it’s a great way to
expand young minds and broaden horizons.