Wednesday, September 28, 2005

K2K KUSD Connections

Kindergarten teachers Lynette Powers (Southport) and Kim Frost (Somers) start their 2005 K2K (Kindergarten to Kindergarten) videoconference series this week!

Approximately once a month- the two classrooms meet via videoconference for shared projects. This month, students will meet their buddy for the "All ABout Me" connection. Students learn quickly how important it is to speak loudly, clearly and slowly for the connection. By the last connection of the year, future Tom Brokaws and Oprah Winfreys are born!

Are you interested in a K2K (Kid-to-Kid) connection for your students? How about a bookclub, geography bowl, current event debate... the possibilities are endless!

Email me and we'll get one started for you!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Welcome to the blog MS Instructional Tech Specialists!

This blog is a new addtion to the KUSD technology toolbox!

EVC (Educational Video Conferencing) opportunities, event updates, pictures, links, collaborations and more will be posted right here. You can also email me OR if I am online- we can real-time chat and you can an immediate answer. (The chat option is to your right- below "Links").

Let's open with a Middle School EVC opportunity:

MysteryQuest: World Geography is a nation-wide event in February 2006 (specific dates TBD).

Up to six classrooms meet for a three hour session and each class presents a mystery location for the other participants to guess based on the clues given. Washington and Lance students have participated in the past and this year McKinly has indicated interest in participating.

Sign-up will be in December, so check back RIGHT HERE for updates. For further information, teacher packet and details, go to the following link:
  • MysteryQuest: World Geography

  • Friday, September 23, 2005

    Chat with me :-)

    Look below the links menu to your right - - - go ahead look....

    Do you see an invitation to chat? THAT'S RIGHT- YOU DO! Give it a try- send me a message or a question or better yet- A REQUEST FOR A VIDEOCONFERENCE FOR YOUR STUDENTS!!! (Those are my FAVORITE conversations to have).

    Introducing chatango- a browser-based instant messenger service. IF I am on-line- I will be thrilled to discuss how you can integrate videoconferecning into your classroom day.

    I welcome and encourage you to get ideas from previous postings, get inspired to bring the world to your classroom and chat with me about your many options!

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005

    Live from the National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena Michigan- It's...

    Julie Merow's 5th grade class!

    Students from Pleasant Prairie spent an hour with crew on board the s/v Denis Sullivan! NOAA Underwater Archeologist Cathy Green and Pier Wisconsin's Gaye-Lynn Clyde met students and shared the many aspects of diving and shipwreck mapping.

    If you are interested in virtually sailing with the crew of the s/v Denis Sullivan and see their many videoconference opportunities, follow the link
  • Pier Wisconsin's Exploration Portal

  • THEN contact me to set it up! Email!

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Announcing 2006 Kenosha Collaborative: A KUSD 3rd grade videoconference exchange!

    Pair up with another KUSD 3rd grade class and exchange a piece of Kenosha History!

    The Kenosha Collaborative is a 45-minute videoconference for third grade classrooms within KUSD May 3-12, 2006.

    Each class will deliver a 10-15-minute presentation to their videoconference “partner”, on a unique event, location or person from Kenosha’s rich past.

    Registration will take place in late March 2006. You will be notified of your partner class, session date and time in early-April. The classroom connections will be scheduled starting Wed 5/3/2006 and ending Fri 5/12/2006.

    Be creative! students may perform skits, sing songs, use images or original artwork to aid in your presentation.

    Any remaining time will be allowed for student interaction, idea exchange and questions.

    The goal of this event is to increase student awareness of local historical events, as well as practice oral presentation skills in a live, interactive connection.

    Grade 3 Social Studies Standards:
    1: Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships
    2: Understands historical perspective

    If you are interested in participating- keep checking the blog regularly OR watch your email for updates!

    Thursday, September 08, 2005

    ITA & Free program from Eli Lilly-

    Ms. Johnson's students at ITA are participating in a free program offered by drug company Eli Lilly:

  • "Ask the Scientist about Viruses"

  • By following the above link, you can see the complete listing of free videoconference opportunities for your students!

    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    Seeking 3rd grade Bookclub partners ...

    Southport is looking for a third grade that would do book reviews and share ideas.

    Are you interested?

    Email me below or contact:

    Invite to collaborate from Miami

    I received the following request- email me ASAP if you are interested:

    We are interested in setting up collaborative video conferencing opportunities and wondered if you would like to join us.
    Our students are PK through 5th grade, and here is a list of possible topics we will be covering in our environmental lab this year:

    1. Endangered Species
    2. Sea Turtles
    3. Solar Cooking (we can make cookers from old notebooks and share recipes, etc)
    4. Florida Everglades
    5. Water testing (local rivers, ponds, canals, ocean...we could compare results with your local waters)
    6. Reptiles (we have about 50 in our lab)
    7. Organic gardening
    8. Butterflies
    9. Solar energy
    GEMS units: elephants, ants, bees, arctic animals, terrarium building, and on Sandy SHores

    We also are anxious to share art and music projects. Please contact me if you would like to hook up with our students on any of these topics, or if you are studying something you want to share with us, we would love to see it.

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