Lewisville ISD students recently took a virtual world tour where, through video chat, they visited people from more than 44 countries across all seven continents in one day.
Teachers and students came together from Briarhill Middle School, DeLay Middle School, Lamar Middle School, Flower Mound 9th Grade Campus and Marcus 9th Grade Campus for the 24-hour virtual world tour late last month, according to a school district news release.
“Experiences like this are very important,” said DeLay U.S. History Teacher Monique Garza. “I want my students to see there are places they can go and things to see outside of Lewisville, Texas. We can go wherever our imagination takes us.”
After staying up throughout the night, students were still excited to share their takeaways from some of their calls.
“Learning about countries from facts presented to us in the classroom versus hearing firsthand from people what’s important and/or significant about their culture, was very eye opening,” said Marcus 9 student Nehaya Walkar.
Although there are many miles of land and ocean geographically separating students from the countries they reached out to, they still found common ground.
“For one group, one of their first questions was if we played Fortnite, and obviously everyone plays Fortnite,” Walkar said. “Despite the fact that we are on two different sides of the world we still have things like a game that can bring us together.”
The school district posted the following video on its Facebook page of the students interacting with new friends from around the globe.