Category Archives: Videoconferencing
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sign Up Now for an Exciting Project with Your Students! Design a Set for Upcoming Opera
What happens when you combine a partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with the concepts of Common Core Math, Project-Based Learning, WebQuests, and the Performance Character principles of cooperation, interdependent learning, leadership expectations, meaningful work, presentation, and the ability to learn from experts?
Put another way….
Q: When does Common Core Math & Character become your ticket to the world of the stage?
A: When students in grades 3-12 team up to create a Set Design Proposal that includes a “to-scale model” and their logic-based reasons why their design is the best choice for the children’s opera, The Very Last Green Thing. Student teams will present their work for professional review at the STAGE RIGHT EXHIBITION on Saturday, October 19 at Touhill Performing Arts Center from 1-3 p.m. Their work will be on display during the run of The Very Last Green Thing from Oct. 21-26.
How does it work? Teachers and advisors go to WebQuest Set Design at https://sites.google.com/site/webquestsetdesign/
They will find a WebQuest that includes the project description, leadership roles and resources for each member of the student teams, lesson plans and the entry form. Explore it and determine if and how it might become part of your Fall curriculum. Keep these key dates in mind.
Sep. 20 Deadline for Entry Form. No student team can present without confirmed receipt of the Entry Form.
Oct. 14 Deadline for completion of the Set Design Proposal, including to scale rendering, model and 5- minute oral presentation
Oct. 19AM: Delivery of set design models to Touhill Performing Arts Center
Oct. 19PM: Showing and Review of the Set Designs by teams of Theater Professionals 1 – 3 PM
Call or email Diane Stirling with any questions after you’ve reviewed the WebQuest site. Phone: 314.303.6815 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, HEC-TV presents Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright. Join HEC-TV from the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis to interact with their panel of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the constitutional, legal, political and practical implications of the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.
To find a more detailed program description- which participants can watch online, on TV, or participate via videoconference- that includes objectives, related national curriculum standards, pre-program learning activities, and information on how to view the program live and participate interactively, click here.
by Martha Bogart
Fred McKissack died last Sunday, and the world just isn’t the same place without him. Fred was one of those men that you always hear about on the news when they die—he was so nice, so friendly, such a good heart, etc. etc., except—Fred was the genuine article. I don’t think I have ever met a better human being than Fred. He and his wife, Pat, helped us here at CSD to create the New Links to New Learning videoconferencing program from scratch. This was at a time, back in 1998, when if you asked someone to do a videoconference, the response was, “A what?” But, CSD had received a grant from Southwestern Bell and Ruth Block’s task was to get schools interested and participating in videoconferences with students. She approached Pat and explained what she wanted to do—provide students with videoconferences from children’s authors—and Pat and Fred were immediately in. They didn’t know what it was, exactly, but if it helped kids, they were going to do it.
And do it they did! Those first videoconferences were scary—Would the equipment work? Would the school personnel be able to dial in? What should the programming and content delivery look like? Would the kids like it? Would they learn anything? But from the very beginning, the author visits were magical. The camera would zoom in, and there would be Pat and Fred, smiling and talking, and answering questions from children about the books they had written, how they got their ideas, their writing process, how they went about researching for each book, which book was their favorite, and so much more. How wonderful to be speaking directly to the authors of a book they had just read right from their classrooms, no matter where they were in the world! And eventually, as we worked together to perfect the process, the students even got to do some original writing and have it critiqued by real authors.
No videoconference would have been complete without their signature sign-on—a map of Missouri with a star on the city of St. Louis. Pat would say that they were from Missour-ee, and Fred would say that they were from Missour-ah. Then they would explain that people living on the east side of the state used the French pronunciation with an “e” on the end, while people on the west side used the Native American pronunciation with an “ah” on the end. The kids got a kick out of it, and I never tired of that intro.
So many wonderful programs, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Like the one where the kids developed a service project after they read Messy Bessey, and they collected toys and clothing they no longer needed to donate to others. Or, the study of winter holidays around the world students did after reading Messy Bessey’s Holidays. Fred was the main presenter of the research process that he went through when he and Pat wrote Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, a wonderful book that takes place on a plantation during the Christmas before the start of the Civil War. Then, there was the summer reading program we did with the St. Louis County Library where every student got a signed copy of Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Children came to several branches of the library, and we did multipoint videoconferencing with Pat and Fred who were broadcasting from CSD.
Fred was in his element when he talked about the research process. He emphasized the use of the library and the reference librarians, and he talked about primary sources and all of his and Pat’s trips to various locations around the globe to gather first-hand stories and information that formed the basis for much of their books. He also loved to talk politics and was up on current affairs and the state of the union. I remember having long talks with him that were interesting and insightful—with lots of laughter in the mix! Fred was a real gentleman, and a truly “gentle” man.
What a role model Fred was to young African-American boys! Here was a brilliant, funny, sweet man who had traveled the world, written books, researched in libraries all over the place, and yet was so approachable and willing to talk to kids and answer their questions no matter what they were.
We will miss you, Fred. Thank you for all that you did for CSD, for the children of our region, and for embracing new technology and taking risks. God speed, my friend.
Distance Learning consists of many technology facets, allowing for a variety of learning opportunities, including e-Learning, online projects, and videoconferencing. In the Distance Learning Academy offered by Cooperating School Districts, participants will learn and experience methods of hybrid learning while also participating in projects with other classes. Additional uses of distance learning through point-to-point videoconferencing (VC) and multi-point connections using a Polycom, LifeSize or Cisco system will be examined. Participants will also learn and use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs & wikis. This academy is designed to immerse participants in collaborative projects over distance learning – they will develop supplemental curriculum for project-based learning activities & lessons over the course of the sessions. The value in creating this personal learning network (PLN) is in the networking and connections between the participants and the distance learning experience throughout the academy. Participants will meet face to face at CSD and:
• Understand the definition of distance learning and become comfortable with – - – Videoconferencing, Skype & Google Apps
• Learn distance learning etiquette
• Understand social networking protocols
• Develop a collaborative Personal Learning Network
• Explore blogs, wikis, and other free collaborative online tools
• Examine problem based activities & lessons
• Participate in webinars
Dates: Oct 17 | Nov 15 | Jan 10 | Feb 12 or 13 (METC) | March 12 | April 23 | participants choose to attend at least one webinar
Time: 4-7 pm each day, except for attendance to the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) which is 8:30 am – 4:15 pm
Cost: $395 member ; $495 non-member (includes the book) | Register Online