Songs Make a Global Connection

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Students in Jennifer Rosario’s class at Susan E. Wiley traveled around the world on Nov. 29 as part of Microsoft’s annual two-day “Skype-a-Thon.” The event connects classrooms in more than 47 countries to showcase how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience and promote global citizenship.

The fifth-graders participated in a “Sing Around the World” activity with a class in Balatonboglár, Hungary.  After exchanging greetings in English and Hungarian, Ms. Rosario’s class sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two Hungarian students performed solos of songs pertinent to their culture and the whole class sang their national anthem “Himnusz.” The Copiague students spoke about Thanksgiving and its meaning in the United States. The classes will reconnect for another session in January.