Upon opening the September issue of the magazine, I found a double page article showcasing my Year 7 students and the Google Hangout that they did with local primary schools (St Joseph the Worker Auburn South, St Therese's Denistone and St Kevin's Eastwood) earlier in the year. Over the past term, the girls have conducted two Google Hangouts to teach primary school students about the states of matter and gravity.
The Hangout was highly successful, with all students involved saying that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thought it was entertaining and educational. They also said that they wanted to take part in another Hangout in the future.
Early in Term 3, we did another shorter Hangout where this time, the girls taught the primary students about gravity. Again, a TodaysMeet back channel was created and students were engaged and participated actively. Students used simple demonstrations and explanations to help explain the difficult concept of gravity to the primary students and challenged them to create parachutes to investigate the idea of gravity more.
It was great having the editor and photographer from the magazine come and witness the gravity Hangout first hand so they could see the students and the technology in action. The write up that was included in the issue was great, showcasing the efforts of the students as well as the opportunities that this technology provides for others.