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Upton-by-Chester High School

Upton students have world at their fingertips

Upton-by-Chester High school students closed their books this week and took to Skype to learn about and identify a specific place in Sri Lanka.

Learning geography simply from maps and atlases could be outdated for school students. Upton-by-Chester High School students closed their books this week and took to Skype to learn about and identify a specific place in Sri Lanka.

Students on both sides of the world were able to ask questions of each other to identify their country, city and school.

 Mrs Mitchell, Geography Teacher, said the Skype session was one in a series of lessons which aimed to help students learn about the world by expanding their learning opportunities beyond the traditional confines. “Technology has allowed students to practice skills such as mapping, using sources i.e. atlases and Google maps and identify what information they need to guide their search for a school,” she said.

 The ‘Skype in the Classroom’ project is giving students the opportunity to connect with students in classrooms around the world. It is a fantastic cultural exchange from the convenience of the classroom and an amazing enriching development for Geography”.