Monthly Archives: October 2007

Inside the Artist’s Studio Upcoming v/c

Tony Tasset workJim and Tim at RoundTrips have a new Inside the Artist’s Studio videoconference entitled  All Things Must Pass with artist Tony Tasset.  Scheduled for November 14, there are two times the interactive videoconference is taking place- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CST. Tony will be live at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis County talking about his work.  Tony lives and works in Chicago, but an exhibit of his work, All Things Must Pass, is currently at the sculpture park.This videoconference is aimed for high school students; if you are interested in participating, let CSD know by Friday November 9th. MOREnet at the University of Missouri is bridging the event, so all participants need to be tested and validated with MOREnet.  

According to the exhibit description:  “From October 6, 2007 through January 13, 2008, Laumeier Sculpture Park will present an important solo museum exhibition by internationally-recognized artist Tony Tasset.  All Things Must Pass  will fill Laumeier’s indoor galleries and extend to our outdoor galleries with a new, commissioned, monumental outdoor sculpture.  The exhibition, the first to showcase Tasset’s work in St. Louis, will include selected works from the past decade, recent work, and new work.  A broad range of media typical of Tasset’s practice—video, photography, and a variety of approaches to sculpture will be featured.   Tasset frequently uses his environment, his family and himself as subject and inspiration.  His work, employing wisdom and wit, continuously contends with the trappings of modernism, postmodern theory, pop culture, and the human emotions associated with love, loss, frailty and beauty.  In recent work he has turned to the dual nature of his own existence—an urban artist/public figure as well as a suburban-father-with-garden.  Using this deeply personal source material, he creates objects and images that are at once ironic, earnest, and decidedly humanistic.  Tasset describes his work as an exploration of the “conflicts of the ego and the difficulty in expressing certain sentiments in a postmodern environment where truth is relative, and in a culture of consumption where emotion is a commodity.””


METC 2008 brings together a diverse collection of speakers

Technology is a tool that excites and engages students to learn.


Save the date: February 4-6, 2008

Registration began October 1, 2007

Trial by Wire scheduled

Trial by Wire (December 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. CT.) allows several locations to try a murder case together.  This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference mock trial for 90 minutes.  They will be simulating a court trial (taken from an actual state of Missouri court case).  We need three classes from different schools to participate.  One will act as the prosecution, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Right now, CSD has a school for the prosecution, but still needs one school for the defense and one school to be the jury.  In preparation for the trial, students playing the roles of prosecution and defense will be given the evidence taken from the actual case, various Internet sites, and copies of pages out of law books to help them prepare their arguments. The students will not know the case was actually tried before a jury until afterwards.  The jury will not see the evidence before the trial. Both sides will present their evidence to the jury and to the judge, who will be played by Paul Steensland, Reference Librarian for the St. Louis County Library, via videoconference. No depositions will be taken, and no witnesses will be called. The focus of this project will be on research and analysis of the law.  Paul will be available, beforehand, as a resource for the students as they explore their roles by email and phone.  All research on the required reading list can be obtained on-line or will be mailed to the teachers beforehand. This program is really great. If you are interested, contact Martha at

Note- Martha has a full line up now for December 18: Brockton NY, Parkway West in St. Louis, and Hickory High in Pennsylvania.  If you think Trial By Wire is something your class is interested in, and want to set up a date to do a mock trial, contact Martha.

Keeping Kids Safe- and Parents, too

Last night was MOREnet’s 3rd Internet Safety Night.  Here at CSD, we had 20 people in attendance- parents, law enforcement, educators.  CSD was one of over 40 sites sites connecting via videoconference. Though it was not an interactive program (due to the number of sites connected), it was very informative.

The evening started with a message from Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.  Randy Raw from MOREnet moderated the event, and introduced the panel speakers. Each person took a few minutes to introduced his/herself, and talk about why they are passionate about Internet Safety. For me, the most interesting story told was from Miss Missouri, Lindsay Casamaer, who was the victim of a cyberstalker a few years ago. She turned to the police for help as soon as she started to get threatening, graphic e-mails- that turned out to be from a female college classmate. A police detective and forensic investigator who was here at CSD said it was very important, if something like that happened to you, to save the e-mail; print it, keep it, but not to forward it, because  critical forensic information can be lost in the transfer.

Chris Pickering was the keynote speaker last night- Chris works for the Missouri Attorney General’s office as a Chief Investigator. He spoke for 30 minutes, but you could tell he wanted to talk more- he had a lot of information.  He also offered a good analogy for parents- if you are taking your children to the beach, you are going to make sure they know how to swim. Furthermore, you are still going to watch them very closely when they are in the water- the same should be done with Internet safety.  You must teach your children how to use the Internet safely, and to watch them when they are on-line, anyway.  You have to keep them away from the sharks.

We learned from the detective and FBI agent that if you suspect your child has been targeted by an on-line predator, you can go to and report it. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- someone will read your tip and pass it along to the appropriate authority.

One more thing that I thought was a good suggestion came from Miss Missouri- she recommended you ask your children who their “friends” are (on-line).  Is the friend a child is chatting with someone he has known since kindergarten and lives down the street, or is this friend a person he has met only a few weeks ago in a chat room? It makes a difference. Ask your kids.

Internet Safety Websites, Buzzwords

As I listen to MOREnet’s Internet Safety Night’s keynote, I’m learning some interesting information.  Kids spend an average of two and a half hours a day on-line-  just about the same amount of time between the end of the school day and when parents get home from work… something to think about.  Visit these websites to learn more about Internet Safety:  (several URLs listed),