WOW around the world!

We’re now over half way through World Osprey Week and it is great to hear how schools all round the world are getting excited about Ospreys. One of the key objective of the week is to encourage schools in different parts of the Ospreys’ migratory flyways to contact each other. We think this is a great way for students to learn about other countries and cultures. An excellent example of this is a collaborative project between Zespó? Szkó? in Poland and Gvanim Middle School in Israel. The two schools have been working together since January. Regular Skype calls have enabled the students to develop friendships and to learn together. At the moment they are working on a joint project to learn more about Ospreys. They have divided into groups of four – a pair from Israel and a pair from Poland – in order to answer specific questions about Osprey migration. What a great way to learn! Thanks to teachers Ronit and Julita for keeping us posted with their progress.

Students at Gvanim school in Israel Skyping Zespolszkolw school in Poland

Students at Gvanim school in Israel Skyping Zespolszkolw school in Poland

Earlier this week Professor Yossi Leshem – one of the world’s leading experts on bird migration – organised a WOW lecture day for 100 Israeli schools. Yossi hopes that this will encourage many of them to sign up for WOW and to follow the example set by Gvanim and Zespó? schools. Over the years Yossi has done a great deal to link people through bird migration. Of particular note was the Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries project which linked students at schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan despite all the political problems in the region. It is great to have Yossi’s support for WOW!

Yossi Leshem (left) with students who attended the WOW day

Yossi Leshem (left) and Shlomit Lifshits (right) with students who attended the WOW day

There was a great turn-out at the WOW lecture day

There was a great turn-out at the WOW lecture day

Closer to home, we were also delighted to hear from Victoria Adams at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester. Victoria got in touch to say that class 7B2 have been using resources from the website and have also been keeping a close eye on the webcam, hoping to see an Osprey return.

Class 7B2 have been enjoying WOW!

Class 7B2 have been enjoying WOW!

There are lots of teaching resources that can be downloaded for free from the website

There are lots of teaching resources that can be downloaded for free from the website

Click here to see a full list of teaching resources available for WOW schools to download for free. To sign your school up for WOW, click here.

We think that WOW – and Ospreys in general – provide an innovative and exciting teaching opportunity. If you’re a teacher and would like to find out more why not book onto the teacher training day that we’re running in July. Click here for more information.