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Nacogdoches ISD students learn about Boston Tea Party via Skype

TJR 3rd grade class visit the Boston Tea Party Museum through a Skype. (Source: KTRE Staff) TJR 3rd grade class visit the Boston Tea Party Museum through a Skype. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Students interacted with an actor portraying a colonist. (Source: KTRE Staff) Students interacted with an actor portraying a colonist. (Source: KTRE Staff)
eacher Heidi Rouse-Bryant discovered the opportunity while on her honeymoon to Boston. (Source: KTRE Staff) eacher Heidi Rouse-Bryant discovered the opportunity while on her honeymoon to Boston. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A third grade class toured a Boston museum this morning, but they didn't leave Nacogdoches. It all happened through Skype, but there's a unique twist to the story.

"United States of America,” a museum actor said. “Huzzah."

The children responded, “Huzzah.”

How the interactive Skype visit of the Boston Tea Party Museum came about for Mrs. Heidi Rouse-Bryant's third grade class was completely by fate, kind of like falling in love.

"I happened to get married, and Boston was our choice of a honeymoon destination,” said Rouse-Bryant, a TJR theater teacher.

The self-described geeky theatre teacher insisted on visiting the Boston Tea Party Museum. She called it an interactive playhouse.

A museum worker said we can make it happen.

"I was the one in the head going, 'How in the world would you do a field trip all the way to Boston,'” Rouse-Bryant said.

Skype of course. Students portrayed patriots and loyalists. Curiosity was satisfied.

“We have time for one more question,” the museum actor said over the Skype link.

"They were literally putting on a play with this woman because they said lines and she said lines,” Rouse-Bryant said.

"Next they went to my home and destroyed my furniture, broke my windows and lit one of my ships on fire,” said Christopher Ainsworth, a TJR student.

"We are literally across the map,” Rouse-Bryant said.

"We've gotten connected with classrooms throughout the United States, in Spain, in England, several different nations,” the museum actor.

Students spoke highly of the experience.

"Because we get to see it like a photo or on video,” said Jayline Rios, a TJR student.

"I would like to go to Boston someday,” said Uriah Alexander, a TJR student.

"To see the rest of the things in the museum,” said Sarahi Godinez, a TJR student.

For now, the students are better prepared to perform a Boston Tea Party play written by their teacher.

"It's the best of both worlds,” Rouse-Bryant said. “It's technology and theatre marrying in the best way it can."

And that's a pretty good wedding present.

The Skype visit to the Boston Tea Party isn't free. Each broadcast is about $150 for each class. The goal is to find some way to offer the experience to more classes.

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