Monday, September 14, 2015

It's a small World

I feel like I might need a virtual passport this week at Hoover High School. It is exciting to see the global connections that technology make possible for our students.   Ms. Ort is doing a google hangout connection to Peru with  "Canopy Meg"  (Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D) to learn about the world of biodiversity high above the floor of the rainforest and the innovations that allow this challenging ecosystem to be studied. 

Mr Frost is working with the coordinator of the Royal Academy of Music Confucius Institute in Copenhagen about setting up a virtual field trip for his students to learn about Chinese classical music. The Royal Academy is host to a variety of Chinese musicians from the Central Academy of Music in Beijing. The program draws a cultural connection between us, Europe and China. 

All the  IVECA teachers , Mrs. Morris, Mrs Thomas, Mr. Frost, Mrs.Gibson, Ms. Lamborne, and Ms. Bearden are all training with Eunhee Jung, Ph.D. Founder & Executive Director IVECA International Virtual Schooling. Through the school curricula integrated with the IVECA program, students in different countries will perform individual or group projects in their classrooms according to the weekly activity topics provided in the IVECA web platform. The topics will consist of activities such as personal introductions, comparison of school lives and cultures, discussions of cause and effect, and finding solutions regarding international issues. The completed project is posted on the IVECA discussion board and students from each country provide feedback or share their ideas with each other, once or twice a week, in a semester. Communication methods include text messages, images, and or audio/video files, which the students produce with teachers’ guidance/assistance. We had a great experience last year with some of our classes partnering with some classes from Korea.
 Ms. Ort is ready to go and says she has plans for using HCS technology resources to do several projects this year .  

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