Fifth-graders in Grand Forks, N.D., exchanged homework, sang songs and even learned some Norwegian words as part of a recent Skype videoconferencing session with their peers in Norway. Through a cultural exchange project this year, the two classes also have collaborated on a blog, traded homemade videos and raised money together to buy books for students in Ethiopia. "What they get is that global awareness -- that there are kids in another place in the world that are just like them, with the same interests, wanting the same things, liking the same things," teacher Alice Smith said.

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