Early Childhood students from two continents shared a lesson on literacy development at the same time through SUNY Canton OnLine.
When students in Maureen Maiocco’s Early Childhood program came in early Monday morning, they were greeted by their peer students at Kherson State University in Ukraine. By using the video conferencing technology for online classes and a very busy translator, the two classes were able to share children’s books and learning methods.
“The focus of the lesson was on language and literacy development and how active engaged storytelling promotes and enhances literacy,” said Maiocco.
Ukrainian Professor Alla Vladimirova and her students presented a musical lesson based on the notes of the musical scale.
“We are going to see much more of this kind of collaborative cross cultural, cross-language learning as we continue to tie our SUNY Canton curricula with other universities around the world,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown, who was with the Ukrainian class for the video learning session.
The students had numerous questions for their overseas counterparts about early childhood, student teaching, and their programs of study
SUNY Canton OnLine provides a collaborative convenient learning environment for students from around the world. Early Childhood is one of SUNY Canton’s signature hands-on and highly visual programs that encourages a high-level of student interaction and participation.
“It is amazing that we could connect, communicate, share teaching methods, and engage with EC students so many miles away from our classroom,” Maiocco said. “We hope to have more video exchanges in the near future.”