As my students and I continue to work with Skype and other technology tools to communicate with other kids from all over the US and world I thought it is time to have one place for all of our Skype calls to be posted.

Here is our first one to this page. On 2.25.11 we Skyped with a group of students from New Orleans, LA for them to teach us about Mardi Gras. We learned a great deal. I was actually surprised at how much I did not know about Mardi Gras. I have not learned this much this fast in quite some time. Thank you so much for the presentation all of you in New Orleans. The teacher we worked with had her students prepared and the students did a fantastic job. Our kids instantly started a discussion about the presentation when we finished. They now want to do something along the same lines where they present on a topic to other kids. Thanks for the inspiration. You have done a wonderful job and they are lucky to have you as a teacher.

This presentation and provoked some interest in the students. We are working on maybe having a day close to Mardi Gras where we can cook up some of the food from Mardi Gras and incorporate what we learned.

Here is a video of our Skype call. It was awesome and we cannot wait to do more.

Mardi Gras Presentation on 2.25.11

Go ahead and watch the presentation and if you learned anything or have anything else to add you can always email us at my email account and we will add your thoughts, ideas, things you learned, etc. here on the page. Be sure to include who you are and where you are from so we can track our visitors. Thanks for visiting.

Mardi Gras Skype 2.26.11 from aaron Maurer on Vimeo.

Mardi Gras Recipes
Mardi Gras King Cake

Cake: Icing:
2 loaves frozen yeast bread dough 2 or 3 cups powder
½ stick melted butter 3-3 tbs. water
flour 1 tbs. Karo syrup
2 tbs. cinnamon
2 tbs. sugar Purple, green and gold granulated sugar

    1. Set oven to 350°
    2. Defrost dough in microwave 5-10 min. on low
    3. Lightly flour counter top
    4. Roll out dough (altogether) to be long and wide
    5. Spread melted butter over dough
    6. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over dough
    7. Cut dough in 1/2 or 1/3 and roll gently into 2 or 3 long rolls
    8. Butter a cookie sheet
    9. Place baby under 1 section of the dough
    10. Bake 20-25 minutes
    11. Remove and let cool
    12. Mix icing in a bowl and drizzle on top of King Cake
    13. Decorate with colored sugars
    14. Serve