Project Overview:

Partnering on YackPack or TokBox for Early Elementary: Connect students in several international schools to create a “global communication center” as Alan November suggested in the roundtable discussion. Each teacher will create a YackPack for each student in your class, each student will have 4 partners in other schools around the world, for a total of 5 students in each Pack. This will enable the exchange to be more constant, more flexible and sometimes involve just a portion of your pack and other times all of your pack (depending on curricular needs).

YackPack is an audio e-mail service that allows students to share and exchange ideas in a user friendly graphical interface that requires little to no reading skills. TokBox is a slightly more complex video e-mail/live video chat service.

The Pack can be used for: storytelling, practicing reading with emotion, share their favorite book, talk about the author, reflecting on learning and the process of learning (metacognition), collecting “data” (for ex: for graphing activities). Students will use inspiration / kidspiration or an online mind mapping software to brainstorm ideas about what they will talk about so students are not reading from a script.

This project could be extended by creating a collaborative Ning or Imbee for the classes for a place to share pictures, videos, etc and/or video conferencing with Skype or TokBox (video e-mail) where video would be required to enrich the experience.

Project Update:

Uh oh! It looks like YackPack is going to start charging for it's services (more details here)... not good... so we may have to re-think this project idea. Perhaps a Flat Classroom using Ning would be better? What do you guys think? We can use the discussion tab to share our ideas :)

Interested teachers, please add your details below:


Interested Grade 1 Classrooms:
Teacher Name
Contact Info
School and Location
Start Date
Kim Cofino & ......
Always Learning
International School Bangkok, Thailand

Jennifer Peterson & Julie Munro
j.peterson@mkis.edu.my
Mont'Kiara International School, Malaysia
End of Oct
Nancy vonWahlde
nancyvonwahlde@asmadrid.org
American School of Madrid, Spain
Feb 08








Interested Grade 2 Classrooms:
Teacher Name
Contact Info
School & Location
Start Date
Kim Cofino & Susan Souza
Always Learning
International School Bangkok, Thailand

Kevin Jarrett
eBoard | blog
Northfield Elementary School, New Jersey, USA

Fay Crooks



Jennifer Peterson & Melanie Brodie
j.peterson@mkis.edu.my
Mont'Kiara International School, Malaysia
end of Oct
Philippe Lane
Philippel@bj.ycef.com
Yew Chung Interantional School of Beijing, China

Anne Reardon
areardon222@mac.com
PA, USA

Interested Grade 3 Classrooms:
Teacher Name
Contact Info
School & Location
Start Date
Kim Cofino & .......
Always Learning
International School Bangkok, Thailand

Tina Coffey
tcoffey.edublogs.org
Virginia, US

Megan Williams & Lynn Townley
Megan Williams
Mont'Kiara International School, KL, Malaysia









Interested Grade 4 Classrooms:
Teacher Name
Contact Info
School & Location
Start Date
Matt Kish

Elizabeth Haddon School, Haddonfield, NJ

Kim Cofino & Mary Bellone
Always Learning
International School Bangkok, Thailand

Paul Harrington
Class 4H Cefn Fforest
Wales, UK
Early Nov
Megan Williams & Sue Arin
Megan Williams
Mont'Kiara International School, KL, Malaysia

Nancy Von Wahlde
NancyVonWahlde@asmadrid.org
American School Madrid, Spain (after-school club gr 2-4 students)
Feb '08
Interested Grade 5 Classroom:
Teacher Name
Contact Info
School & Location
Start Date
Kim Cofino & .......
Always Learning
International School Bangkok, Thailand

Megan Williams & Bob Winters
Megan Williams
Mont'Kiara International School, KL, Malaysia

Lenva Shearing
lenva@bbi.school.nz
Skype - lenvas
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School,
New Zealand

Chrissy Hellyer
TeachingSagittarian
Taradale Intermediate School
Early Feb