Also published by the International Society for
Technology in Education (
ISTE), the second edition
of
Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms was
released in April, 2009.

I co-authored this workbook for educators who want
to learn to teach with videoconferencing tools...
realtime, live, face-to-face interaction. The second
edition also encompasses emerging Web 2.0 tools
now used in collaboration with distance learning
gear.

Since the first edition, the world has experienced
more technological change than it has since public
schools in this country were first in existence.

Today the educator must, in addition to honing
skills in their subject matter area and contemporary
teaching strategies, keep up with emerging
communication and publication technologies. In
order to be relevant and to provide kids with
meaningful learning experiences, it's more
important than ever for every classroom teacher to
stay connected to peers and experts around the
globe. Videoconferencing is one communication
tool that helps teachers and their students stay
connected with the world.

The book includes resources and examples of
Virtual Field Trips, available through professional
providers all over the United States!

The book demonstrates how to participate and
initiate a global classroom for all ages of kids.
Listen to an
interview with
the authors on
the ISTE
podcast series,
iste.casts
I wrote this book after working on a project involving several school districts that
made use of videoconferencing equipment, web 2.0 tools, and emerging digital
communication tools to connect students to people, ideas, and resources in the
fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Kids in all grades used the technology to learn more about jobs and careers in
these fields they otherwise would never have known existed. Typically, students
spend most of their days in the classroom, but they are fascinated by the outside
world and they are proficient with digital technology tools. Why not use the
technology to open their eyes about all the possibilities waiting for them beyond the
classroom?

Career awareness activities can start as young as kindergarten. Youngsters I've
seen visit the International Space Station via video were mesmerized and engaged.
They will forever know they can be an astronaut too if they study science, math,
technology, and engineering.

All kinds of social media including Facebook, Nings, forums, and blogs can be used
to establish relationships with mentors, bring career awareness information to all
age students, and provide an array of communication programs between the
classroom and real-life professionals.

The book is filled with links to resources, ideas for teachers. It includes examples of
how to expand awareness for students, provide teachers with experience using the
technologies, and to bring the world to students in their classrooms, no matter how
remote and far from an urban area they might be located.

Teachers can use the book to access resources to expand existing programs in
career awareness, to find ideas for interesting their students in STEM courses by
showing them authentic applications for these subjects. Educators and community
members can use the book to find new inspiration and new ideas.

The book is published by the International Society for Technology in Education  
(ISTE) and can be purchased and reviewed in their online catalog here:
Connecting Students to S.T.E.M. Careers--buy the book
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Published by Sahalie Publishing, The Brass Bell
is the life story of my Great Aunt Marion
Parsons. She built a school in her father's
cherry orchard in 1927. She helped usher her
community through dangerous times and for
those who remember her, she is still their
greatest hero. I became aware of the need to
tell this story when I realized that people in
their eighties still get together regularly to
remember Miss Parsons and their days at
Cherry Road School. I discovered along the
way that she was not just my Aunt Marion--she
is everyone's Miss Parsons. Hundreds have
come forward to share their fond memories of
sleigh rides, trips to New York City, and the
terror of being called to Miss Parsons office.
She may have given up her dreams to run that
school for 25 years. She may have realized her
dreams. Please read the book and find out.