Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Transforming Learning with Videoconferencing

Hi Everyone!

This website is designed by Miss Avery and Mrs. Kopecki as an online resource for teaching about Turkey and the Islamic world. Our two classes are currently engaged in a Videoconferencing partnership and this website was designed to document and reflect that partnership.

This virtual collaboration between our two schools has been made possible through a grant from ACES located in Hamden, Connecticut. The Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) is the Regional Educational Service Center for the twenty-five school districts in south central Connecticut.

Transforming Learning with Videoconferencing has successfully connected students from economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities for the past six years. This program provides students and teachers from various districts the opportunity to become virtual partners and work collaboratively to develop an authentic task that extends their classroom curriculum. Transforming Learning with Videoconferencing addresses many of the foundation skills and competencies as outlined in The Connecticut Framework and the Connecticut Common Core of Learning. Students work towards developing the proficiency, confidence, and fluency in speaking, listening and viewing needed to meet the literacy demands of the 21st century. Students explore information and arguments from various points of view to think critically and creatively to solve problems. Through the natural progression of the collaborative process students begin to appreciate the world views and perceptions other students based on their cultural identities.
We hope you enjoy our journey into the Islamic world, connecting the learning through various curriculum. Please feel free to share your comments with us. We'd love to hear your comments. These lessons can be used as individual class lessons, or as part of a Unit on Turkey, or as a Unit on the Islamic World.

This is our 3rd year piloting this program, continually revising, editing and adapting new learning and experiences. We will be adding an exciting new technological component to this unit, incorporating the iPOD, as students create their own multidimensional presentation. These presentations will take the viewer on a journey as they explore the Islamic world, connecting with the art, culture, religion and history of the region.

Check back often as new information is continually posted.


Robyn Muir, Art Teacher said...

I found the website very informative and valuable. Learning about teleconferencing and the art and culture of Turkey was practical, enticing and exciting!
Nice job ladies!

Anonymous said...

What better way to broaden a students education than to have the teachers themselves travel and come back and share the cultural differences of different parts of the world. The photos were captivating..thanks for sharing the adventure!

Michelle Hovan
Graphic Designer

Patrick said...

I defintily agree with robyn. Teleconferencing is very cool and fun way to learn. It is also very different but I like it.

Kristina said...

I love the fact that you are teaching so many disciplines in the context of learning about another culture! I work for a non-profit organization, Kids and Cultures, that teaches kids about world cultures, using a very hands-on approach.

A few years ago, the organization sent our two children to Turkey (along with my husband and me) to film a documentary about the experience, from the kids' perspective. They had a great trip, and made some new friends! Learn more at www.KidsAndCultures.org/Turkey.

I'm preparing to do a presentation on Turkey, and came across your site. Thanks for all the great ideas!