Month: January 2013

Class from the Netherlands Are Learning More Than Just Eagles

The children of group 5/6 (ages 8, 9 and 10 years) of the Bengelbongerd (in Houten The Netherlands) are happy that they can join the eagle project with 4 American schools. The Bengelbongerd children are learning English when they start school at the age of 4 year.
The children get 1 hour a week English from a special teacher. I’m the “normal” teacher and give the other subjects the other time of the week.
I help the children with the project and I have also asked the parents to help and 1 volunteer.
Normally they are learning vocabulary and speaking. In group 7/8 they’re going to learn to read and write.
With this project the children start earlier with reading and writing. They’re learning also to communicate with children on the other side of the world. The first day we have learned about the time zones over the world. When they’re looking at the webcam in the classroom, it is night in America.
As start of the project we have read and translated a book about eagles, so they have the vocubulary to talk about birds. In the English lesson they’ve had a extra lesson about introducing each other and asking questions to other children.
They’re not only to learning to communicate in an other languages, it’s also to learn to communicate on a save social media and to work with new technology.
As a preparation on the project they’ve had lesson about birds and the function of different beaks. They also had a lesson about birds of prey. We have to prepare the children so they can understand the American children.
Not all the children have al lot of knowledge of English or biology, so we do also creative things about birds. We made birds of paper and we started a lesson about the Dutch painter Corneille. He painted a lot of birds and the children tried to paint liked he did.

Thank you to the teacher, Natasja Hoegee, for taking time to submit this post. I think it is amazing at how much learning is taking place as classes connect to discuss birds. It just goes to show that the actual content is simply a platform to further prepare our students for the real world. I love this post and am so thrilled to have these students and teachers be part of this project. ~Aaron Maurer


Bald Eagle Project – An Eagle Eye To The World is Off and Running

Eagle Eye horiz graphic

A project that a few Bettendorf teachers and former students created over the summer is underway. As of right now I am running and operating the global project. We are now up to 5 schools participating which is pretty good for the first year of doing this project. We will be using the Alcoa Bald Eagle Camera to drive learning and enhancements of 21st century skills.

You can see the project page here –

Right now students and teachers are in the handshake phase getting to know one another through the use of Edmodo. We are having a great time learning how to use this site and to establish some relationships. Already we have been able to see the eagles the last few days. It is very cool. The wiki project page has a lot to offer so be sure to check out all the pages. The school from the Netherlands has created a book in both English and Dutch on the artwork page.

You may not be a participant in one of the classes, but that does not mean you cannot join in the fun. You are always welcome to follow along, create artwork or projects, and join us on this expedition.

It is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing how things develop. Teachers and students are all learning at the same time and shouldn’t school be about everyone learning and growing? I think so.

If you have questions, suggestions, or any great ideas please let me know. Until then, check the camera, watch the eagles, and watch our learning grow along the way.