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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Recently I’ve been blogging about free interactive videoconference (and Skype) opportunities. I’d like to quickly recap some of those for you here, now:

• Sign up for a 30-minute Skype session with author and artist Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (available through December 2011). Jenny Sue will read one of her books and then share about her process — asking participating classes questions about how they think she does each part and share her research, sketchbooks, how she creates illustrations (paint, collage + more).
• Win a videoconference from Amy Sklansky by submitting your name, school, and email address by October 31st and you will have an opportunity to bring this bestselling St. Louis author into your classroom via distance learning – at no cost (you choose videoconferencing or Skype, and which of her lessons you’d like to do)! Click here to enter.
• Engage in HEC-TV Live!’s Veteran’s Day videoconference is November 11. Scroll down a couple blog posts to read more details on that interactive program.
• Register for The Education Department of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum‘s two videoconferences on November 15, 2011 entitled “First Ladies Conference.” This event is for 8-12th grades.

Here’s a new videoconference from the Albany Institute of History & Art:

Building the Erie Canal
(for grades 3-8th)
Using primary documents and works of art, this videoconference will help students look back in time to understand the work that went into building the Erie Canal and the natural and political barriers that were overcome to accomplish its construction.  The lesson will also examine the importance of the Erie Canal for trade and transportation throughout the country. Cost: $125.00

During these videoconferences, New York State certified teachers use objects, images and inquiry-based teaching methods to engage students in lessons that focus on art and history. Students are active participants in the lesson; they observe, analyze and express their ideas about objects and images presented.

To schedule contact the Institute’s Barbara Collins at (518) 463-4478, ext. 405 or by e-mail at collinsb@albanyinstitute.org. New Links members, contact me, Rebecca Morrison, to sign up.

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HEC-TV Live! Presents Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes: A Veteran’s Day Tribute
Date: November 11, 2011 | Times: 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. CT
Grade Levels: 4-12 | Cost: NO CHARGE
Register by Thursday, November 3rd

Videoconference Description:
What is it like to be in the military?  What is it like to fight in combat and to return home from war?  What does it mean to have served your nation in its armed forces? On this Veterans Day, as Tim Gore of HEC-TV Live! remembers those who have fought and died for our country’s freedoms, take your study of the history of America in war to the veterans who fought in them.  Ask these questions and more as you interact with veterans from World War II, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and the current war in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Take a step back into history with those who lived and fought during these important moments in American life. What was the mood of the country as America entered the war after Pearl Harbor? What was it like to be on the battlefield in World War II and to be a prisoner of war? During the turbulent 1960’s as Americans wrestled with the war in Vietnam, why did a young man choose to enlist and fight so far from home?  As America countered Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, how did one young Marine react to being on the front lines of that conflict?  What was it like to live in a foxhole, search enemy foxholes for soldiers and weapons, and to fight in a field of landmines?  And in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, what was it like to be a military policeman or to be tasked as part of the important support unit to promote troop morale?

HEC-TV Live’s focus in this program will not be exploring the historic details of a specific war or battle in that war, but it will be to provide students the rare and important opportunity to speak directly with those who have served our country in its armed forces and learn first hand what that means.

Program Objectives:

1.  The participant will gain a greater understanding of what it means to live and fight in wartime.
2.  The participant will interact with individuals providing primary source accounts of recent world events.
3.  The participant will meet people and hear stories from diverse perspectives.

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We’re already getting submissions to this year’s Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest! We’ve changed things up a bit from past years- we’ve added a new category and we’re having students upload their work to the web instead of sending in CDs. Much has stayed the same, however, and we want to make sure you know that the deadline to submit is Friday, December 16 at 3 o’clock. Paperwork and movies must be to CSD by then. If you aren’t familiar with Show-Me a Movie, click on the image above to see a quick, well, movie on the contest! Further questions? Contact Rebecca Morrison at rmorrison@csd.org.

A new session New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype was added for Thursday, November 3rd due the volume of registrations for the October class! This workshop will take place 8:30 am- 3:30 pm at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. The cost is $149 CSD member; $189 non-member; New Links members can get this workshop for free!

In addition to learning about H323 videoconferencing, Skype, and webconferencing, we’ll be connecting to the follow content providers:

AIMS from Saint Louis University via Polycom
LEARNnco via Polycom
The Hermitage via Elluminate

Sign up for this or any other tele class by visiting our website and clicking on the registration link. Other professional development classes available in November include:

•  Digital Media Projects Using Pixie (preK-5 educators) on November 8 (includes free software!)
•  Presentations & Portfolios Using Share (6-12 educators) on November 8 (includes free software!)
•  Advanced Discovery: IWB & Media Creation on November 10
•  Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard (Level 1 Training)
on November 16 & 17

Friday was the first session of our 2011-2012 Boeing Grant professional development. Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger are working with a group of middle school science teachers. This is the fifth year of the Boeing Grant; this year, the focus is using technology in the middle school science classroom.

The participating teachers- from Hancock Place, Ladue, Ritenour, and Wentzville school districts- received Discovery Education Science for the year, along with other Web 2.0 tools to implement in their curriculum. The group will meet through March- you’ll see them at the Midwest Education Technology Conference, too.

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Using examples from all six of her books, author Amy E. Sklansky answers the question during this distance learning session: Where does an author get her ideas and how do they become a book?

With PowerPoint slides, original artwork (like that featured in this post!), and other props, she touches on many aspects of the creative process – sources of inspiration; generating ideas; structuring a story; revising; the roles of the artist and publishing staff; etc.  Participants are encouraged to interact with the author and will develop an appreciation for both the creative writing and publishing process. From Inspiration to Bookstore Shelf (grade 3 up) is a 45 minute videoconferencing or Skype session. Register with Rebecca Morrison. For Videoconference/Skype: New Links members pay $155, nonmembers pay $195.

You have a chance to receive this session for free- see the blog’s sidebar for how to enter to a contest to get a program of your choice at no cost!

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