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Very sadly, Global Leap no longer offer VC sessions due to lack of funding (2012).
Mexicolore team presenting a videoconferencing session on the Aztecs

Videoconferencing with schools

We offer live interactive videoconferencing (VC) sessions with schools all over the country - and abroad - from our London base. The subjects covered have now grown to include the Aztecs (‘Snakes & Lizards’), 2012 and the Ancient Mexican Calendar, the festival of the Day of the Dead, Basic Spanish Conversation, Mexico Today, Mexican Musical Instruments... We have content for all ages, from KS1 to adult.

Snakes and Lizards
Snakes and Lizards (Click on image to enlarge)

Our “Snakes And Lizards” session for videoconferencing is based on a challenge: to find the connection between the artefacts on display - each linked to one or more of the 20 Aztec day/fate signs - and the signs and symbols incorporated in the famous Aztec Sunstone (a giant model of which now hangs in our studio).

According to myth the earth itself was a gigantic reptile
According to myth the earth itself was a gigantic reptile (Click on image to enlarge)

We also offer a version of this programme as a team visit option (follow link below). Schools taking part in the Snakes and Lizards time challenge will need to download the two resource sheets below for each child (participants work in teams). Incidentally, the first of the 20 Aztec daysigns is ‘alligator’: according to Aztec myth the earth itself was a gigantic reptile - Cipactli in Náhuatl, Alligator in English. Can you see the maize cobs growing from the alligator’s back in this image adapted from the Codex Borgia?

Sarah Buchan (Deputy Head, holding Bridget) and friends at Bridge & Patrixbourne Primary School
Sarah Buchan (Deputy Head, holding Bridget) and friends at Bridge & Patrixbourne Primary School (Click on image to enlarge)

Always having been an artefact-based teaching team, we couldn’t resist the generous offer from Bridge & Patrixbourne CE Primary near Canterbury to let us have on extended loan their 5-foot-long African crocodile, that has hung for years in their loo! ‘Bridget’ was donated to the school decades ago by the brother of a former staff member. ‘Snakes and Lizards’ won’t be quite the same again...

Ian demonstrating Aztec musical instruments to the camera
Ian demonstrating Aztec musical instruments to the camera (Click on image to enlarge)

We recently enjoyed running a ‘Snakes and Lizards’ team challenge on the Aztec Sunstone with a Year 6 class from the Churchill School, nr. Folkstone, Kent. They commented ‘We felt the session was a great success and has given us a real enthusiasm to find ways of using video conferencing with other classes and in other subjects. The Year 6 children were full of talk after the session and Emma said she had been impressed with how much they had gained from the lesson...’ Visit their website for more details (below).

Feedback on a Mexicolore Aztecs videoconference 2006
Feedback on a Mexicolore Aztecs videoconference 2006 (Click on image to enlarge)

More comments from teachers: ‘What an interesting videoconference you gave the children. They certainly learnt a lot about Mexico... We loved the musical instruments and it was wonderful to be able to hear them so clearly’. Read more feedback, reproduced from the UK Distance Learning Association magazine, January 2006

Aztecs VC session with The Churchill School
Aztecs VC session with The Churchill School (Click on image to enlarge)

And more! This from Angie Preston, class teacher at Roundhill Junior School, Knottingley, W. Yorks (2009): I just wanted to say Thank You on behalf of myself and the children, for a fantastic video conference. It was brilliant! We all thoroughly enjoyed looking at the artefacts and learning about the Aztec calendar. Although we are not actually studying the Aztecs, it has certainly whet our appetite to want to go and find out more. The children were engaged throughout and liked the interactive aspect of using the sheets and taking part in the team challenge. Thanks again for a great VC...

Children help Graciela place key objects on her Day of the Dead ‘ofrenda’ (family altar)
Children help Graciela place key objects on her Day of the Dead ‘ofrenda’ (family altar) (Click on image to enlarge)

Other videoconferencing options: Decorating an Ofrenda (family altar) for the Day of the Dead festival, Basic Spanish Conversation, Mexico Today, Mexican Musical Instruments... Contact Mexicolore or Global-Leap for further details

Graciela at home making piñatas!
Graciela at home making piñatas! (Click on image to enlarge)
Acrobat logo Resource 1: 20 daysigns worksheet (2.1Mbyte)

Acrobat logo Resource 2: Sunstone graphic (876kbyte)

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