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
Since the first edition, the world has experienced
more technological change than it has since
public schools in this country were first in
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.
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In my free time, I've been working on a very special project. The book in progress,
The Brass Bell, chronicles the history of a little red schoolhouse started in my great
grandfather's cherry orchard in 1927 by a most amazing woman, my Great Aunt
Marion Parsons. The book also tells the story of a unique community in Upstate New
York that fought to save its school and maintain its heritage. Some Cherry Road
School alumni still meet regularly; some, as many as 80 years later, to recall their
days at Cherry Road, and their first and greatest hero, Miss Parsons.
I wrote this book after working on a project involving several school districts titled,
Extending Career Options for Rural Students (ECORS). The brainchild of Jay
Matheson of the Southern Oregon ESD, the ECORS project 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. 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 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 we used Web 2.0 tools in the ECORS project 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
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More of my education writing projects...
- Grant writing services
- Program Development
- Strategic Planning
- Non-fiction book
development and proposal
for K-12 Classrooms