Except for our colleagues in the the Southern Hemisphere,
many of us are either already enjoying the summer holidays or we are
looking forward to them coming soon. Teachers often use this time to
relax and reflect on their work. We collaborate with other teachers in
summer workshops and catch up on professional reading. Summer
Invitational Institutes are the heart of the work for National Writing
Projects across the country. What a better time to stop and take a look
at a new book by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss? Their book, Reinventing
Project Based Learning was published earlier this year, and many of us
will be using this book to guide our project planning processes.
To learn more about this "Field Guide to Real-World
Projects in the Digital Age," we asked Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss to
join us on this podcast. The magic of doing this live allowed us to
also include Chris Lehman, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in
Philadelphia, PA and Gail Desler, Technology Integration Specialist for
Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento, CA. and Tech Liaison for the Area 3 Writing Project.
Enjoy the conversation! And
don't forget to check out the chat and our FriendFeed roomthat has
many of the links that are mentioned in this podcast.
20:17:25 paulallison: http://wiki.bssd.org/index.php/Main_Page
20:42:57 paulallison: hi
20:43:55 paulallison: do you have ginger crocket?
20:48:56 SusanEttenheim: hi yes
20:52:08 SusanEttenheim: hi jennar
20:58:46 paulallison: We'll start soon
21:03:48 SusanEttenheim: hi bill you on?
21:03:56 Bill O'Neal: I'm fine. And you?
21:03:57 SusanEttenheim: hi hfeldman hi wlecome
21:04:01 SusanEttenheim: welcome
21:04:05 hfeldman: Hello
21:04:05 SusanEttenheim: where are you?
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The ice has melted, many are off fishing, and schools have graduated their seniors in the rural areas of Alaska where our guests for this podcast are from. But our colleagues in Alaska have already begun planning for the next academic year, and on this podcast, you can find way to connect with them. In this podcast, we focused on the "Digital Foxfire approach to Placed-based Education" that seems to describe some of the work in the schools in Marshall, Alaska and in the Bering Strait School District (BSSD). Our guides for this conversation were:
John Concilus, Director of Technology, BSSD
Ginger Crockett, teacher Brevig Mission, Alaska
Woody Woodgate, who will soon be working for the State of Alaska's Education and Early Development Department
Flora Evan, Language Arts teacher, Marshall, Alaska
Listen to the podcast, then connect! Click Read more (below), and see what they are cooking up in the Bering Strait School District. Add your thoughts to their survey, and click Contact. We'll see you there.
Learn more about the Bering Strait School District and their work with technology. Then this Wednesday, April 30, join John Concilus again, plus a teacher from Brevig Mission, AK, Ginger Crockett, and others. Woody Woodgate and a colleague may be joining us as well. (Maybe we'll finally find out more about that seal hunt.)
We are excited to continue our connections with teachers in Alaska, and in particular we want to learn more about "place-based education." Here's what John said in a recent email:
We've already decided at the budget meeting to move forward with
our Digital Foxfire program next school year. I'll have more information about this
by Wednesday, but will have a form set up by then for having potentially intersted
partner schools sign up.
Where's Brevig Mission? Check out this map, and use the zoom to find where you are in relation to Ginger's school.
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