Holiday Hoopla!


Registration for Holiday Hoopla Extended

Registration for Holiday Hoopla sponsored by TWICE has been extended to Tuesday, December 3, 2013. If you've been meaning to register but may have forgotten, it's not too late! Read below about this wonderful event and click on the local registration link today!


Participation in this program is FREE!

“Holiday Hoopla!” is sponsored by TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education) and is a great opportunity on for classrooms across the country! Students in Kindergarten thru eighth grade students will meet others in a collaborative way to share how holidays are celebrated around the world.

This program sponsored by TWICE is similar to “Read Across the Planet.” Classrooms will be paired throughout the United States to collaborate. Once classrooms have been matched by TWICE, cancellations and/or rescheduling dates and times should be avoided except in the case of school closures, or unexpected teacher emergencies, etc. The GenNET/Genesee ISD video team staff will work with teachers involved for a successful ITV connection for everyone.

HOLIDAY SNOWMAN SWAP: Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade

In this 60-minute program, two classrooms across the county, or across the country, will be paired together. Both classrooms choose one holiday tradition that they would like to learn more about (e.g. Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Boxing Day, Noel, etc.). Each class will exchange that information with their partner classroom teacher. Next, each class will create a snowman representing the holiday tradition chosen by each collaborating classroom. The snowman can even include three different traditions that go along with their on the three snowman's body parts. When the classrooms meet via live, interactive video in their GenNET ITV rooms (as a video-conference event) each will share their snowman and the holiday tradition that goes with it. Click on this link for suggestions of some of the different holidays that could be explored:

Snowman Swap Registration Link:

Snowman Swap Teacher Planning Packet:


In this 60-minute program, students will exchange a unique holiday custom representing a tradition or theme from a different country or part of the world. Students will present their holiday custom and holiday artifact that has been researched and share it with a partner class that can participate in the new learned custom through an interactive experience. When the classrooms meet via live, interactive video in their GenNET ITV rooms the holiday custom they have learned about will be shared with each other in multiple formats. Click below for a few suggestions about some of the different holidays than can be explored:

Holiday Customs Registration Link:

Holiday Customs Teacher Planning Packet:

Important Timeline Dates:

November 19-December 3, 2013 – Registration for schools within and outside of GenNET. Verification of equipment by TWICE and registration for both projects.

By December 6, 2013 – Teachers receive email with their partner teacher’s contact information and location and begin planning for their ITV connection with their partner-school.

January 13 – 17, 2014 – Holiday Hoopla connections take place for Holiday Snowman Swaps (kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms) and Holiday Customs Exchanges (4th-8th grade classrooms)

Questions? Contact the Genesee ISD/Technology and Media Services at 591-4436

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