Monthly Archives: January 2010
St. Louis author Amy E. Sklansky gives elementary students a peek inside the mind of a poet in this one hour videoconference from New Links to New Learning.
This distance learning program, available for students in grades second through fifth, is offered upon request (point-to-point) and on the following set dates (multipoint): Tuesday, April 22 (during National Poetry Month): 9:30; 10:45; 1:00 and Tuesday, May 4: 9:30; 10:45; 1:00. All times listed are Central. (If a second grade teacher would like to participate, the program would be shortened to 45 minutes and would not include the interactive poetry writing and would be scheduled point-to-point). The cost for the videoconference is $135 for New Links to New Learning members and $175 for non-members.
*from From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On:
My tail won’t stop its wagging.
My rear end has an ache.
Back and forth and back and forth–
it never takes a break.
To sign up, click here.
This January, Janine Lim in Michigan and Roxanne Glaser in Texas are doing another 20 Days Challenge! This time they are focusing on improving & scaling videoconference projects (for K-12 classrooms).
Janine and Roxanne are focusing on school level coordinators as their primary audience, but district and regional level VC coordinators should benefit, too. The ladies will be collaborating and cross-posting each day’s challenge on their respective blogs as they did last year. (The posts below go to Roxanne’s blog, VC Rox).
Here is the archive of 2010 Challenge blog posts (thus far – they have 2 days left to go!):
- Day 1: 20 Days to Better VC Projects
- Day 2: Getting Started with Read Around the Planet
- Day 3: Preparing Yourself Mentally for RAP (Read Around the Planet)
- Day 4: Read Around the Planet: Managing the Registration Process
- Day 5: Learning Through Read Around the Planet
- Day 6: 5 Steps to Maximize Your Collaborations
- Day 7: I Posted a Collaboration and Got 500 Responses!
- Day 8: I Responded to a Collaboration and It Was Full!
- Day 9: Multiple Section Collaborations for Middle & High School
- Day 10: How Do I Work With a Wiki?
- Day 11: Bridging The Implementation Gap
- Day 12: Where Do Projects Come From?
- Day 13: Wikis for Teachers: The 4-1-1
- Day 14: Key Communications for Project Success
- Day 15: School To School Collaborations
- Day 16: Type Unto Others
- Day 17: Sharing Your Computer: Potential Challenges
- Day 18: 7 Steps to Better Collaboration
- Day 19:
- Day 20:
To get these great updates, you can subscribe to either of their blogs in your favorite reader (Roxanne’s or Janine‘s Out on a Lim). Looking forward to seeing the last posts of the challenge this year!
Here are two upcoming videoconference programs being offered by GNG, the first on Cambodian Genocide of the 1970s~
TITLE: New Year Baby – A Glimpse of the Cambodian Genocide
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights
GRADE LEVEL: 7-8, 9-12
DATE: Tuesday, February 9
TIME: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST
COST: $150, or GNG Membership Price
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge Regime – ending the horrors of genocide inflicted by the regime leader, Pol Pot. The Cambodian Genocide, which occurred between 1975-1979, claimed the lives of 1.7 million citizens- accounting for 21% of the country’s population. Students will learn about the first-hand impacts of this horror through the lens of Socheata Pouev in her award-winning personal documentary, New Year Baby. Socheata was born on New Year’s Day in a refugee camp in Thailand after the horror was over. The film is about her search for the truth, about how her family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide and why they buried the truth for so long. Schools will receive a copy of the documentary to be viewed in the classroom. On the day of the videoconference, students will have the opportunity to speak with Socheata about her experience and learn what they can do to prevent genocide around the globe.
TITLE: Is “Race” a Global Issue?- A Dialogue Among Youth
THEMES: Global Development; Sustainable Communities
GRADE LEVEL: 7-8, 9-12
DATE: Wednesday, February 24
TIME: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM EST; 10:30-11:30 AM EST
COST: $200, or GNG Membership Price
In commemoration of Black History Month, GNG will explore the notion of “race” through a multicultural lens. What is it and how is it defined? Does the notion of “race” exist outside of North America? Does ethnicity, religion, geography, and culture play a role in its definition? Students will tackle this perennial challenge by taking part in a global conversation with their peers in other parts of the world. Young people will compare and contrast how they deal with identity issues in their personal and collective lives and chart a course for a more just, tolerant, and culturally diverse future.
If you are a New Links to New Learning member, contact CSD about signing up for these videoconferences. Non-New Links members should sign up directly with Global Nomads Group.