Category Archives: VLC Programs
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sign Up Now for an Exciting Project with Your Students! Design a Set for Upcoming Opera
For Teachers of Math, Technology, Gifted, Theater, Drama and Music:
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
Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Wired Classroom — have you read them?
(1) Here’s Your Chance to Participate in The Big CleanUp
(2) Apple offers summer webcast series
(3) about the vlc
(4) Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Cameras & Screencasting … This Week
(5) Free computer recycling from Apple this summer
Hard to believe June has nearly passed us by! Don’t worry, though, there are still plenty of professional development opportunities for you to take part in before school starts up again. We cut prices for the summer, and graduate credit is still available, so sign up today! Visit csd.org/tele.
The Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts has two more workshops this summer on your Promethean ActivBoard. Take both, or just select the single session that best suits your needs! Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is $110 for a CSD member and $149 for a non-member. For Level 2 and 3, one graduate credit is available for each workshop (at an additional cost). To register, click here. If you’d like to get a little taste as to what this kind of professional development offers you as an educator, take a some time to view this archived webinar offered by the VLC earlier in the 2011-2012 school year.
Creating ActivBoard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2) Learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts; develop lesson activities that organize lesson resources, make use of sound and images to motivate students and create a story or problem where your students demonstrate knowledge or creativity in a fun way. You’ll be able to create your own usable flipchart, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners. This workshop is Monday, July 2.
Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons (Level 3) Available for teachers with intermediate or advanced skills in ActivInspire software, this workshop will teach you how to create interactive lesson activities based on curriculum standards & best practices scoring guides. You’ll also collaborate with others to design & build lessons. Lessons created during class will then shared with other teachers through Promethean Planet. PREREQUISITE: Level 2 training or equivalent; not a workshop for beginners; You will be sent a survey of their skills before enrolling. This workshop is Monday, July 9.