This afternoon our 3rd-5th grade students Skyped with Brainpop artist, Mike Watanabe. Brainpop is a favorite website among our kids at Mitchell.
To start the Skype call, the students tried to guess where Mr. Watanabe was located. We had three teams of students. Some asked questions, some recorded answers, and others eliminated states on the map based on his answers to the questions. The students quickly narrowed their guess down to two states: Hawaii and Alaska. Mr. Watanabe then announced that he was calling from Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was 8:30 in the morning.
He then went on to tell the students about how he studied to be an artist and how Brainpop was born. In celebration of Cyber Safety Day, he quizzed the students on safety rules for using the Internet. A few students were able to ask him questions. The students really enjoyed connecting with Mr. Watanabe!