As the Presidential Election approaches, teachers are looking for ways to incorporate the election process into their lesson plans. Distance learning is definitely providing several options for interested teachers! Here are some educational videoconferences that you might want to consider:
- Vanderbilt Virtual School: Race for the Presidency. Videoconference topics include Parties and Platforms, The Power of ONE Vote, and Benefits of Negative Campaign Ads.
- Global Nomads Group: Election Watch 2008: Global Perspectives. Videoconference topics include Examining Democracy in the U.S., Political Participation and YOU, and Republicans & Democrats (and the Rest of the World)
- HEC-TV Live!: Students and the Constitution: Free Speech and Privacy Rights. Videoconference topics include free speech, privacy rights, and Constitutional issues.
- Ohio Historical Society: So You Know the Election?. Videoconference topics include history of past elections, superdelegate, and caucus.
- Author Visit with Patricia McKissack: To Establish Justice | Fact v. Opinion. Videoconference topics include civil rights, citizenship, Supreme Court, justice.
As the November 4th election approaches and passes, I’m sure more programs will become available! Two great places to look up videoconferences are www.cilc.org and www.twice.cc.
Tags: Distance Learning, free speech, party, platform, privacy rights, superdelegate, videoconference, vote
Today Martha and I visited AIMS’ Ray Vollmer and Lisa Suggs at Saint Louis University. It was actually my first visit to their midtown offices- I’ve seen them over v/c of course and the two have come to CSD frequently- so I was excited to see where the action takes place. SLU is remodeling the building, so Ray, Susan and Lisa are in a temporary location for their distance learning “studio” but it is outfitted with the latest- a HD Polycom, flat screen, brand new Elmo. It looks fantastic!
To read more about Adventures in Medicine and Science- their videoconferences and onsite programs- go here. New Links to New Learning members, if you are interested in an AIMS videoconference, contact me. Nonmembers, register here.
Tags: AIMS, Elmo, Polycom, SLU, videoconference
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the Elevate 2008 conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The theme of Elevate is “Reaching New Heights in Educational Videoconferencing.” Janine Lim and Roxanne Glaser are attending & updating their respective blogs, Videoconferencing Out on a Lim and VC Rox K-12 Videoconferencing in Texas. I encourage you to click over and read what they are up to- presentations, international speakers, partnerships.
The conference goals are to:
- inform key decision-makers, practitioners, researchers & government representatives of the research-based essential conditions for the successful implementation of advanced learning technologies.
- disseminate current promising practices (pedagogical, technical, environmental) in the use of video-conferencing and related technologies.
- further the skills, knowledge and experiences of participants & the field to catalyze growth in the use of advanced networks for education.
- and improve the understanding of educational & technical issues related to connecting learners over global IP-based networks.
Tags: Distance Learning, educational videoconferencing, Elevate 2008, Janine Lim, Roxanne Glaser
Empowering Students with Podcasting
November 3 & 4 or March 11 & 12
evenings: 4-7 pm @ CSD
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member
(One Graduate Credit Available)
Come to the tele find out what all the talk is about! You don’t have to own an iPod or even a MP3 player to create and listen to your own podcasts. Learn how to record digital audio broadcasts, edit them and upload them to the web. Teachers can use this new technology to create podcasts of their lectures and class discussions so that students can listen to them again for reinforcement, or, students who were absent can catch up on work missed. Participants will also create lessons for their students that require them to create their own radio broadcasts, performances, interviews and more. Learn how this using this tool in the classroom can help auditory learners and motivate reluctant learners. Walk away with your own podcast!
Tags: csd, podcast, tele
… if you’re looking for ways to engage middle and high school students in authentic research, presentation skills and use of technology then you’ll want to be involved in the 2008-2009 Kids Creating Community Content (KC3) Contest. This standards based project taps into the creative nature of your students as they look at their community and explore ways to share your unique area with students around the world. For complete details and project requirements visit: http://kc3.cilc.org.
I learned about the KC3 program at MODLA during Jan Zanetis’ session. Teachers, this looks really great! Please take a moment to learn more about the project!
(Also at MODLA, I learned more about Flickr’s Creative Commons, where I found all of the photos above).
(left to right) Editor B, luismi1985, said&done, RoadRunnur
Tags: CILC, Collaboration, Distance Learning, Flickr Creative Commons, Kids Creating Community Content, MODLA, Tandberg, United States Distance Learning Association, videoconference