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,
with face-to-face interaction. The
second edition also encompasses emerging d
igital
tools 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.

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.
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
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 and new media. Why not
use the technology to open their eyes about possibilities beyond the classroom?

Career awareness activities can b
egin for students as young as kindergarten age.
Youngsters I've o
bserved visiting the International Space Station via video were
mesmerized and engaged. They will forever know they co
uld be an astronaut too if
they study science, math, technology, and engineering.

S
ocial media can be utilized to establish relationships with mentors, bring career
awareness information to students, and provide an array of communication
programs between the classroom and real-life professionals.

The book is filled with links to resources
and ideas for teachers. It includes
examples of how to expand awareness for students, provide teachers with
experience using the technologies, and
ways 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 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
then discovered she is
not just my Aunt Marion--she is everyone's
Miss Parsons. Hundreds c
ame 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.