ePals from Down Under

ePals From Down Under       

by Justin and Lillian

ePals is a website where you can communicate with other people in different countries by sending e-mails back and fourth.    ePals is a very safe environment, and no other companies, except for ePals, can email each other.   We are partnered with Mrs. Farlam’s class in Australia, it is really fun having the ePals.   We also have ePals in Kenya, Africa but right know we are working on Port Lincoln, Australia.
Earlier this week, Justin and I were interviewing kids in our class.   We were interviewing them to ask and learn what they learned about Australia.   Then Justin and I picked which ones we liked best.    After both of us chose which three we liked best.   We would video tape them on the I Pod Touches and have them say what they learned.
Lilly and I were doing the video taping with the I-Pod touches or as Mrs. Fraher calls them I touches.   It took lots of observation to see if they were doing anything distracting in the video.   It was extra hard getting the right moment when it was quietest in the hall, and of course having everybody asking what are we doing?  It was exciting to kind of be the teacher.

Here are the videos we came up with.


23 thoughts on “ePals from Down Under

  1. Dear Justin and Lilllian,

    You both wrote an excellent post! I loved the narrations on your video too. Great job explaining what ePals are, and what you are learning from it. The students you interviewed had some facts about Australia that I did not know. I didn’t know about the giant kangaroos, nor have I ever taken a look at their flag to realize what was in the corner of it. Thanks for teaching me some new things!

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

  2. Aloha Justin and Lillian,
    You have not only written a great post but your video is also well done. You have explained the process well and have given good information about ePals to those who might not know about them.
    There were many important facts given by your classmates about Australia. I had no idea that kangaroos were once that large!
    A hui hou,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  3. Justin and Lilly,
    As your old principal and am very proud of the both of you. You two are amazing.

    Just think in a few years, you will be at Cactus Canyon. I can not wait!!

  4. Wow, what a neat video. My little Elly is a super star! Great job to all the kids in the video, I can only imagine how nervous you all may have been!

    • Brian and Corin,

      Thank you for your comment about the students who were chosen by Justin and Lilly. These students has thoughtful and unique comments about Australia. They are to be commended for this-along with their bravery to get in front of a camera.

      Mrs. Fraher

  5. Dear Justin and Lilly:

    I love what you have done with your blog so far. I think the video was great. Was it hard choosing the people that you did for the video?

    Claire $.

  6. Dear Blog Readers,

    Thank you for commenting on the blog. It was nice to hear from you. I enjoyed reading all of your comments. Justin and I spent a lot of time getting the blog ready. I have to say I was nervous about posting it, but now that I know you all like it I am happy that I posted it. Do you have any advice about how to make it better? Write back soon.


    • Lilly,

      I love your willingness to always become a better student. That quality is one of your special gifts. The more you blog, the more you will improve. For your first attempt at blogging, you did a fabulous job. Keep thinking of ideas on new blog posts. I am so happy to have you in class.

      Truly thankful,

      Mrs. Fraher

  7. My name is Marianne and I am part of the Community Team at ePals. I really liked your blog post and I enjoyed watching your video and learning more about Australia! We are glad that your class is part of the Global Community at ePals.

  8. Dear readers,

    Thank you for all the nice comments. I do agree with Lilly it was scary and a little embarrassing the first time watching it. Do you have any blog ideas? If you want watch or read more student blogs your going to have to wait a little.


  9. Dear Claire,

    It was super hard choosing the people in the video. Especially because there was so many good ideas about Australia, but I could only pick three. So it was a really tough decision. I also had to pick the people who barely get chosen to do stuff in the classroom.

    I think it’s cool that you have your own blog. I like how it’s going to be based on sports. Are you doing gymnastics as your sport?
    Right back soon.

    Your Friend,

  10. Dear Justin and Lilly:

    I work at ePals, as the Director of ePals Global Community. I saw your video and I think it is amazing! You have done a great job of not only explaining what you’ve learned about Australia, but also pointing out why ePals is a great way to learn about other parts of the world. Here at ePals, we are so proud to have students like you as part of our Global Community. Way to go!


    Elizabeth Fish

  11. your video was great i really enjoyed watching it and, it was very intresting. you did an awesome job talking about austalia and you gave me lots of information about australia. that got me thinking about learning more info. you did a great job!

    lauren hazen.

  12. Dear Elizabeth,
    Thank you for writing a comment to Lilly and I. I am very honored to get a comment from somebody who does it all the time! Did you know something about Australia that wasn’t in the video?


  13. Wow, third graders! You have a great blog here. I just discovered it when I saw that you were the ePals Featured Classroom for November 2011! Congratulations! Mrs. Watanabe told me about it.

    I’m from Iowa, and I teach 7th and 8th graders. I wonder if ePals is good for older kids. I am definitely going to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing about your experience with your ePals Down Under.

    Mrs. Krebs

  14. Dear Mrs.Krebs
    Thank you for commenting on Lilly and I’s post. It is not everyday you get a comment from somebody in Iowa! My dad is also a principal at a 7th-8th!


  15. Dear Lachlan,

    Thanks for the blog comment. I have done a lot of blog comments now. I am so sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner. I am very busy with all the blogs. Try to check out my new blog. I will tell you a little about it. It is about a book that I absolutely love. Thanks again Lachlan.

    Kind Regards,

  16. Dear blog commenters,

    Thanks for commenting. I have learned a lot during blogging. I have done three blog posts. There is more on the way too. It has been a great experience. I would like to thank my teacher and Mrs. Watanabe for letting blog.

    Thanks Again,

  17. Dear Lauren,

    It seems that you are very interested in Australia. I know there is thousands of websites for Australia. Actually if you go to our blog roll we have a class from Australa on there. Her name is Mrs. Murphy. I bet you will be interested in her blog. Here is another fact I learned out of reading books on Australia. The biggest coral reef is on the cost of Australia. They call it the Barrier Reef. Do me a favor, Can you look for Australia websites, that would be awesome if you could? Write back if you can. Thanks for commenting.


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