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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

How's going to Hawaii for a field trip? It's something that's not commonly heard, but thanks to the technological advances of today, Ms. Moore's first grade class at Pearl Watson Elementary School in Lake Charles was able to do just that ... virtually, at least.

Through Skype's 'In the Classroom' program, Moore has started Skyping with classrooms in schools all over to learn about different cities and parts of the country. 

"We've Skyped with local schools like Oak Park," said Moore. "But we've also Skyped with schools in further places, like Chicago."

On Tuesday, Moore's class Skyped with a classroom in Hawaii sharing images of Louisiana staples like the state seal and Mardi Gras masks. In return, Moore's class learned about the founding of the state of Hawaii, the state flower and heard a traditional Hawaiian song.

"I learned how to say 'hi' in Hawaiian," said student, Mariah Bates. "I asked them how the weather was ... they said it was rainy and here it's sunny."

"Kids need to learn technology," said Moore. "This is a way to have them learn educational things on the computer."

Moore hopes to continue the virtual field trips throughout the year.

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