This morning, as one of the last activities for the 2011-2012 Technology Leadership Academy, we connected via videoconference to the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. The TLA crew participated in CyberSurgeons- an interactive videoconference than requires teamwork, reading and computer skills, and data analysis.
This afternoon, a school in Ohio (interestingly, located not too far away from the Wheeling center) connected to the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis live from Cooperating School Districts to talk about The Body in Space. Robert Powell facilitated that discussion, then stopped by the tele to share with the TLA group about the educational services offered by the St. Louis center.
While each center has the same overall mission- they are both part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle disaster- they do offer different programs. You can learn more about each one by clicking on their names above. Thanks to both groups for talking with our Technology Leadership Academy and explaining how their programs integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into schools- either onsite, or at a distance!
This sounds like a cool videoconference for 5-8th grade students from The National Archives UK – plus it is free! Read on about All Pals Together: A First World War Soldier’s Story:
“Your students will share one hour in the life of a soldier from a Pals Battalion, Private Henry Fairhurst, played by a costumed actor, as he talks about why he joined up and what life is like in the trenches.
Your students are encouraged to engage with the soldier during the workshop and ask him any questions they like about his life in the trenches: from what he thinks about the war; the aims of the conflict and how it is being fought; to the time he wakes up in the morning; and what he does in his free time. Was it really all mud and blood in the trenches, or did Pte Fairhurst see some benefits in what he was doing?
A range of original documents from the National Archives is used as evidence for his story, such as battalion war diaries, trench maps and soldiers’ files. Students can use the information they have gained during the workshop to complete a profile of Pte Fairhurst and fill in replicas of the documents we hold about him. As a follow up to this workshop, students will be encouraged to think about the usefulness and reliability of this form of historical interpretation as a piece of evidence, by considering what sources and information the actor used to recreate this role.”
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Last week an elementary school in the Parkway School District connected to a very special videoconference- a connection not only with children all over North America, but with former First Lady Barbara Bush. Technology Integration Specialist Ashley Deckelman shared: “Today was amazing! We were able to do a videoconference with Barbara Bush and schools all over the country, even a school in Canada! It was awesome to see the different classrooms, students, and ideas that were shared. Mrs. Bush was a fantastic host, with such “real” answers to the questions that were asked. She truly connected with the students when she spoke about her life, and literacy. A big thanks to all who had a part in making this happen!!”
HEC-TV Live! Presents Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drummer Boys, Battledrum, and the Civil War Videoconference — how do you take the world of Civil War drummer boys and create a compelling and meaningful stage production that is also historically accurate? Meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum.
Date: January 5, 2012 and January 12, 2012
Times: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Grade Levels: 4-10 | Cost: FREE | Register
How do you create a compelling & meaningful stage production that is historically accurate? To find out the answer to this question and more as HEC-TV invites you to meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum. For both programs, join them live from the auditorium of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park where the production will take place.
Both the January 5 and 12 programs will include a tour of the set, question and answers with the director and actors, performance of a short scene from the play, examples of drummer boy drills used both by soldiers as well as in the production, and video showing elements of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park’s new exhibition, “The Civil War in Missouri.”
The January 12 program will also include the unique opportunity for students to interact with Doug Cooney, playwright of Battledrum. Thus, in addition to the opportunity to meet the actors, designers and historians involved with the production, students will be able to ask questions of the playwright himself about his writing process in general as well as about his creation of this particular play. For this January 12 program, part of the preparatory materials will include a segment from the play for students to read in advance to help them develop questions for Mr. Cooney.
(photo from The U.S. National Archives Flickr stream via Creative Commons)