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Educating Across Technology Platforms

Students using Skype in the classroom

Sister Mary Frances Angermaier with her students

On a rainy fall morning on the East Coast, Sister Mary Frances Angermaier, sits comfortably at her computer and reads to a second grade class. The children listen attentively and raise their hands to ask and answer questions. Her excitement of being in the classroom with young children is clear. Not surprisingly, the children are thoroughly engaged as they listen to this enthusiastic and experienced storyteller.

What is remarkable is that the children are in sunny Florida 1,000 miles away, linked by technology. Industrious sisters such as Sister Mary Frances enthusiastically embrace technology as a way to extend their ministries.

Similarly, Sister Cathy Bonfield in Sarasota, Florida uses Skype to converse with Sister Dominika Varga, a physics teacher in Mako, Hungary on a regular basis. It enables Sister Dominika to hone her English language skills and strengthens the sisters’ bond of community. Sixth grade students in S. Cathy’s class at St. Martha Catholic School also participate in “Hanging out with Hungary” sessions. Students from the schools in Florida and Hungary get to learn about each other’s cultures, improve language skills and make new friends around the globe.

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