Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Wahoo Public Schools

Working...

Ajax Loading Image

 

 Story image 1_0
4b8e7e081d838Please click on the photo to view a slide show of other photos.
A typical home in one of the villages they visited.
A gas station in Bamako, the capital.
A bank in Bamako. Some structures are very modern.
Cows just roam around the city and eat from the garbage piles.
These men are pounding starch into material. They do this for hours on end. Notice his muscles.
Garbage is found everywhere around the country.
Please click on the photo to view a slide show of other photos.

Wahoo 5th Graders Use Skype to Experience a Foreign Culture

Students Learn About Life in Mali, Africa

Students in Mrs. Verna Rezac’s fifth grade class recently had the chance to mix technology and world studies.  

Story image 2_0
4b8e7e081d838A gas station in Bamako, the capital city.
A gas station in Bamako, the capital city.
Rezac’s husband went to Mali, Africa, with a group of men from their church to do construction. While he was there he used Skype, an Internet based video conferencing software, to call back and talk to her.  
Story image 3_0
4b8e7e081d838These men are pounding starch into material. They do this for hours on end. Notice his muscles.
These men are pounding starch into material. They do this for hours on end. Notice his muscles.

Skype is a software application that allows people to make video/audio calls over the Internet to anywhere in the world for free. It can be downloaded on any computer for free from http://www.skype.com.

There is a six-hour time difference in Mali, so his calls would come in around 2:00 p.m.  

“He ended up talking to the students more than he talked to me,” Mrs. Rezac stated. “It was a real learning experience for all us, and I was very proud of the questions the students asked him.”  

Students spent about a half hour a day asking Mr. Rezac questions about the climate, economy, people, and animals found in Mali. One of the most interesting things we learned was that this country is very poor, and garbage is everywhere.  

Wahoo 5th Graders Use Skype to Experience a Foreign Culture

cherie johnsonrctkjohnson@gmail.comElgin NDteacher

Mar 03, 2010

Ms. Rezac, My Uncle John Sittner is working with construction teams in Mali. Any connection to your husband's work?