WOODSTOCK – For about an hour on Wednesday, some Central High School students talked to students at a school in North Africa.
Thanks to Skype, an online video conferencing application, Donna Shrum’s ninth-grade World History and Geography I students were able to see and talk with their counterparts at the American Cooperative School in Tunis, the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. They were talking with Bobby Flanagan’s class at the American Cooperative School, a private international school.
Tunis is built on the ruins of ancient Carthage, which the Central High students studied while learning about the Punic Wars between Roman and Carthage. The Romans conquered Carthage and either killed or enslaved each citizen. Carthage was destroyed.
Proving kids will be kids, the students became excited, talking over each other, when discussing sports.
Monica Persaud, 14, speaking after the session, said she thought it was fun.
“They are very different from us, but in ways they are similarities,” Persaud said, “We have some of the same sports.”
Alexis Clark, 14, added: “I feel all kids talk about sports.”
The Central High students learned from the American Cooperative School students that Tunisia and the area they live in is the only democracy in the region and that in Tunis, landowners cannot build on property that is on the ruins.
They also learned that while cars are expensive in that area of Africa, gas, which is controlled by the government, is only 68 cents per gallon, prompting many students to instantly decide to move to Tunisia.
A question was asked of the students in Tunis if they had the messaging app Snapchat.
“Yes,” was the answer.
“Tell them to add us,” Central students shouted.
At that suggestion, Flanagan offered to create a Google Doc to share with Shrum that would have a contact list shared by the students at the American School.
“You might have created an international incident,” Shrum joked.