This is an international videoconference collaboration request that has come from one of my middle schools. I love the idea! I hope Wydown is able to find a partner school…
Time – 8:30-10:00am CDT / Dates – Week of March 24, 2008 – Available April 14-28, 2008
‘I would like to speak with students in France about racism today – I’m thinking specifically against North Africans, who immigrate to France. Since the 7th graders are wrapping up their study of the Holocaust & WWII, I want to show them the movie Au revoir les enfants, which is about the French resistance, and then have a discussion with a school about the current status of racism in France.
Les élèves de Wydown Middle School à St. Louis, Missouri, cherchent un collège en France avec qui on peut parler du racisme qui existe en France aujourd’hui. Nous avons fait une unité du Holocauste et les juifs en France, et maintenant on veut parler avec les élèves français au sujet du racisme, spécifiquement contre les nord-africains. Les élèves américains ont 13 ans.
I’d like to do 2, 45-min conferences starting at 8:30am CDT and lasting until 10am CDT: Nous voudrions deux vidéoconférences qui commencent à huit heures trente (8h30) et qui durent 45 minutes (la deuximeme va commencer à 9h15).’
Wydown Middle School
6500 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton, Missouri 63105
Tags: American, French, Holocaust, racism, videoconference, WWII
About a year ago, I wrote about how dinosaurs were all the rage with videoconference requests. This year, we have butterflies. Butterflies each spring always seem to be popular, but this year- wooo! My inbox is blowing up with requests for the Center of Puppetry Arts‘ videoconference on butterflies. Teachers who have never done a videoconference before are e-mailing me! It’s really great. Another bonus: the Center for Puppetry Arts puts on excellent programs. What a great way to start off videoconferencing in your classroom. The center provides a learning guide online, and gives the teacher a list of materials needed for the program beforehand. Very interactive, very fun! …and they book up fast!
Some details about the v/c:
GRADE: K-2nd PUPPET: Butterfly Marionette PROGRAM LENGTH: 45-50 minutes
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Each student will construct a Butterfly Marionette while participating in learning activities about the lifecycle of the butterfly, what makes a butterfly an insect, and coloring and camouflage. Video clips and photographs of the different stages in the life of a butterfly are included. This is a great arts and science lesson all in one!
Tags: Atlanta, butterflies, Center for Puppetry Arts, classroom activities, marionette, puppets, videoconference
Thanks to all who read the Virtual Learning Center’s blog. Next to the posts on our blog are lists (widgets, actually)- ever checked them out? All the links allow visitors of The Wired Classroom to go to other blogs & websites out there dedicated to integrating technology into the classroom.
Here’s a breakdown:
“Blogroll”: various educational blogs are listed- from all over the world- just click on the name to go the link
“Links”: websites dedicated to educators & technology
“Categories”: what we place each post under- it can be more than 1 category; often, I categorize New Links to New Learning info as ‘videoconferencing’ and ‘collaboration’ and ‘VLC Programs.’
“Archives”: click on each month/year to see the posts that were placed on the blog during that month
“Feeds”: click around- for example, you’ll see all the comments people have made about The Wired Classroom posts
Susan Vreeland connected with three schools today- Ritenour High in Missouri, St. Joseph High in Michigan, and Jefferson High in Texas. Today was the first day of her writing tour; she will be on the road until April 12 discussing her new novel, Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Students asked Susan questions about her writing, her characters, her research… one student asked Susan how she “got her writing noticed.” The answer? Writing well, revising, and improving her work by taking criticism. She started out in magazines and literary journals, then worked into novels. Susan also talked about having “Huckleberry moments”- imaging what it is like to be another person- in a different culture, in a different time- and how it is important (in writing).
Other questions answered: Susan chooses the paintings that are featured in her novels by selecting artists and works that have substance- that give her something to write about! Sometimes Susan puts a little of herself into her characters- in traits or in actions. Susan was a high school English teacher for 30 (“three zero”) years- that helped make ends meet (she started writing about 20 years into teaching); she was on her third novel when she quit teaching.
What’s coming up? Perhaps a novel on the Civil War, or a book about the relationship between artists and their models… for tonight, however, she will be at the St. Louis County Library headquarters.
Tags: Luncheon of the Boating Party, St. Louis County Library, Susan Vreeland, videoconference