Tag Archives: green classroom

Reusing a Blog Post

I was clicking through old blog posts this morning and came across this one I wrote just shy of two years ago. Since the information is still relevant, I decided to reuse it. Of course, usage of Skype has only grown in the last couple of years, too. New Links members, let me know what I can do to help your class continue its path on going green! Here we go:

it’s so easy to be green (at school) Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Posted by Rebecca Morrison in Classroom Technology, Collaboration, Distance Learning, Videoconferencing.
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What’s a great way in your class to save $ome green and to be green at once? K-12 videoconferences! What’s the financial cost of planning an off site field trip? You have to schedule a time and date with the location that fits both of your schedules, you have to print off permission slips for parents, book a district bus, plus make lunch accommodations for your class. Don’t forget chaperones. That’s a lot of work- and money (and environmental impact).

With a videoconference, on the other hand, you have to move your students or a piece of videoconference equipment into a room and connect the day of the program. Yes, beforehand, teachers must do some planning, but the day of the vc, unlike a field trip, you won’t be counting heads… all… day… long. And with a distance learning program, in one hour, you can take your students anywhere in the world!

Please skim this blog to see all the different opportunities out there for K-12 classroom videoconferencing- collaborations, special events, virtual field trips.

it’s so easy to be green (at school)

School Buses - FlickrWhat’s a great way in your class to save $ome green and to be green at once? K-12 videoconferences! What’s the financial cost of planning an off site field trip? You have to schedule a time and date with the location that fits both of your schedules, you have to print off permission slips for parents, book a district bus, plus make lunch accommodations for your class. Don’t forget chaperones. That’s a lot of work- and money (and environmental impact).

virtual field tripWith a videoconference, on the other hand, you have to move your students or a piece of videoconference equipment into a room and connect the day of the program. Yes, beforehand, teachers must do some planning, but the day of the vc, unlike a field trip, you won’t be counting heads… all… day… long. And with a distance learning program, in one hour, you can take your students anywhere in the world!

Please skim this blog to see all the different opportunities out there for K-12 classroom videoconferencing- collaborations, special events, virtual field trips.

“Re-imagine the Classroom! Learn! Imagine! Participate!”

From Global Nomads Group: the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge invites you to partner with architects in your community to design better, greener classrooms for our schools.

Architecture for Humanity and the Global Nomads Group are hosting a design competition, which will tackle the health, environmental and performance concerns associated with today’s classrooms. Due to economic factors and rapid growth of our schools, portable, makeshift classrooms are now permanent features on schoolyards across the country. Global Nomads will be facilitating videoconferences to connect schools and architects. For more information on this collaborative project, visit: http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/challenge.

Challenge Timeline

  • January 28, 2009: Challenge Launched at the World Economic Forum
  • June 30, 2009: Entry deadline
  • Summer 2009: Jury review and selection
  • Fall 2009: Winner announced

Principal Sponsor: Orient Global

Additional Sponsors and Partners: Global Nomads |  Curriki |  Building Tomorrow |  Autodesk |  Google SketchupGoogle Earth |  USGBC |  CHPS |  CEFPI |  Do Something |  Graham Foundation |  Irvin Stern Foundation