Teacher-N-Teacher: Connecting Teachers to Support STEM Education

MY NOTES IN ALL CAPS

Presenters: Davilla Riddle, Rebecca Lawson, Karen Jones

We’ve come a long way from the early days of the Internet.  Rebecca is discussing the beginnings of online collaboration, back when dialup Internet access was 15 cents a minute.  Discussing the role of Kidlink in forging collaborations between teachers.

A GOOD NUMBER OF FOLKS IN THE ROOM HAVE ALREADY DONE COLLABORATIONS IN THE PAST…COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TOOLS WERE USED.

Digital Tools can help connect classrooms

  • Nings
  • Wikis
  • Glogster
  • Email
  • Blogs
  • Skype
  • Edmodo

There are tons of ways to get students involved in collaborations: Skype, Animoto, etc…DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO JUST THE TOOLS YOU’RE ALREADY USED TO…

NETS Standards

  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Use technology effectively and productively…not just for what you want to use it for

Types of Collaborations

  • Teacher to Teacher
  • Classroom to Classroom
  • Multiple Class Projects
  • Rebecca: We think we’re they’re all by ourselves…Related Arts teachers in her district began emailing all projects, presentations, activities to each other after creating it…IT’S ALL ABOUT SHARING!!!

Discussing the Middle School Portal with Richard Varner…and the way he used the portal to connect with scientists at Goddard Space Center and discussed how science fiction moved into reality.

ePals

Davilla connected with a school in New Mexico through ePals. Sent emails through ePals and then sent PowerPoint presentations about their areas.

ePals makes it easier to discuss seasons, time zones, and language similarities and differences worldwide.

When trying these things out, call them a “pilot” and it gives you a lot more freedom THAT’S ACTUALLY VERY TRUE…I’LL KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR THE NEXT HAIR-BRAINED SCHEME I COME UP WITH!

Participant sharing: LEGO Engineering Challenge…Scratch Animation collaboration students from Ohio spent 2 days teaching studetns in Kentucky how to use Scratch…eCybermission…Authentic Learning Experiences not just performing for the teacher.

Don’t let your imagination and creativity die at the feet of NCLB…YES, OR RACE TO THE MIDDLE/BOTTOM/CELLAR/OTHER NEGATIVE PLACE IT MAY TAKE US…

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