Students worldwide will have eyes on Beaty during Megaconference Jr.

Classrooms worldwide will tune into the webcast of Megaconference Jr. on Thursday.

A group of students at Beaty-Warren Middle School will do more than that.

From 1:35 to 2 p.m., eighth graders is Lori Maloy’s class will present The Hobbit: Book Project with Gaming Twist.

“Students from all over the world will be able to test their knowledge and understanding of the book, The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, through the imaginiative board games these students created,” according to a Megaconference Jr. release. “Area students, educators, parents, and interested community members are invited to tune in at 1:35.”

The presentations can be viewed at www.megaconferencejr.org. Technical assistance is being provided by Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5.

Students and teachers from Eisenhower Middle High School are also participating in the event.

“Participants can address questions to presenters and collaborate with geographically diverse peers in collaborative learning activities, thus building international cultural awareness.”

“Megaconference Jr., now in its tenth year, is a free, international program designed to give students in elementary through secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other’s learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology,” the release said. “Megaconference Jr. addresses local and national curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. It will also help students and teachers develop the capacity to effectively utilize high-speed networks, videoconferencing and other emerging technologies to enhance learning experiences.”