How I Use It
The initial sign-up is very easy and educator friendly. I made a few selections based on my goals for this experience for my classroom. Empatico then partnered my class with a class in Mexico. The teacher and I had time to talk and plan before introducing our classrooms through the Empatico site (she was just a click away). We selected a pre-designed lesson provided by Empatico as our anchor activity. These lessons are incredible! They are connected to and extend the standards, bring in 21st century skills, and the cherry on top is sharing with your partner class and understanding the perspectives of others. We become respectful global citizens together. Here's a sidenote,.. you aren't going to want to stop with the anchor activity/lesson! Our students wanted to keep talking to one another. We gave school tours, presented favorite foods, read books together, and worked on a community project together. Empatico makes the connection for you, the people who work behind the scenes are personable, friendly, and educator advocates, and the website is designed for all experience and comfort levels.
Empatico was an incredible experience for my students this past year. It only took one connection and suddenly, it wasn't a partner class in Mexico, they were "our friends." We formed friendships and with friendships comes empathy, compassion, and an understanding of global issues. This platform supports, extends, and enriches the standards. Every student could partake in this experience. The lessons are easy to differentiate, are visual, and easy to connect to the students' background. My take?! Start those connections today!