Fifth Grade Connections


This morning, we realized that at one time, all three of our fifth grade classes were connecting with other people, using three different methods! Mr. Hendrie’s class was using Zoom to video conference with other classes and a scientist at the Denver Museum of Museum of Nature and Science.  Mr. Maijala’s class was talking about math with Mr. Lockwood’s class, using Skype. Our class was in a Google Hangout with Mrs. Renzulli’s class learning about measurement conversions and how they are used in real life. Yesterday we connected with other classes in a completely different way, a Twitter chat with the #stu2stuchat (Student to Student) hashtag!

Google Hangout

Google Hangout

It’s kind of amazing to think that just a few years ago, students hardly ever had the chance to connect with others outside the classroom. Now we do it all the time!

How do you think connecting with other people helps you learn? 


  1. Dear Mrs.Hamman,

    I liked talking to my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Renzulli’s class. I think connecting with other people helps because if you are not sure about an answer you can talk to them on the phone if you have their number or you could do it online with somebody you know and they might help you. Do you think we will talk to people on Google hangout more often?

    • Hi Zac! Google hangouts are new to me but I’m enjoying learning about them. I think it’s a fun way to talk to another classroom, even one that’s just in the building next door!

  2. I think that connecting with other people helps you learn because maybe they know some things that you don’t and you can learn from them and they can learn from you.

  3. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I think you told me this but studies show that people learn more from talking to each other than people do without. Plus if your using the internet to connect with people you are learning more about how to use computers and judging from the kind of technology now most of the jobs by the time I grow up most of the jobs would be about using computers and if you don’t have any experience with computers now or you don’t want to have a job involving computers then it’s probably going to be hard to get a job.

    Your student,

  4. I think that it helps you learn while connecting with other people because you could be talking about math or reading.

  5. I think that connecting with other people gives you ideas on their opinions rather than your own.You can’t always think you’re right if you don’t communicate with anybody.What do you think Mrs.Hamman?

  6. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I think connecting with other people helps us learn because we can share our ideas with each other. Also, We can discuss it with each other and go over it. You can learn other things from different people. How to you think connecting with other people helps us learn?


    • I like to learn in lots of different ways, but one way is by listening to experts. When we actually talk to authors or scientists or mathematicians we learn things we wouldn’t necessarily learn from a book.

  7. I like to see that the class in 4th grade is learning gallons and stuff and I like that we did the same problem and we discussed it together and it was really fun.

  8. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I liked skyping with my 4th grade teacher. What I think communicating with people helps me learn is some classes that we skyped with we have to find out what their state is. When we find out what state they are, they tell us something about their state.

  9. I think it helps you learn how to create stuff and how to talk with other people.

  10. I think that communicating with other people will help you learn because they could teach you some stuff that you have not learned yet. If they don’t know the answer you could always help them out and teach them over the computer.

  11. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I think it was fun skyping with the 4th graders in Mrs.Renzuli’s class. I think that it is good to skype with different classes because we learn a little about their state.

  12. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I think it helps to skype with other classes because they can tell you what they are learning.
    your student,

  13. Dear Mrs.Hamman
    I like Google chat it is fun and can you do it all around the world? The answer to your question is that they will tell a little about what they are learning. I hope we do it again.

    • I think you can do Google hangouts with people all over, as long as they have a Google+ account. It has some fun features. Remind me to show them to you!

  14. I think that interacting is good because it helps your personality. If you don’t interact then you probably don’t really have a good personality.

  15. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I think that you can learn by connecting with other people in reading, math, or even writing that is one thing I think you can learn from connecting with other people. Another reason about what you can learn while you are connecting with other people is about how things work or you can also learn how to figure out a problem and work together on a problem that was my answer for the question.

    Your student,

  16. Hello Mrs. Hamman’s fifth grade class!

    I’m writing from Ashburn, VA–about 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. I found you on another teacher’s blogroll, and I’m glad I did. It sounds like you’re pros at using technology in the classroom, and at our school we’re launching BYOT next Monday. Reading over your blog gets me excited to learn new and engaging ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. I wasn’t aware of Google Hangout–but now I am (and can share this tool with my team).

    We’re participating in the 2015 Student Blogging Challenge, too! We’d love to connect and see what you’re learning in your part of the world.

    Thanks so much for sharing these resources with us.

    Mrs. Rombach

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