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Come learn about Read Around the Planet, an international standards-based videoconference project. TWICE, Michigan's videoconference organization, provides a matching service for classes to share celebrations of reading that coincide with Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2) and World Book Day (March 5). 1950 classes participated in 2010. Learn how to participate in 2011! Read Around the Planet connections occur in English, Spanish, or French. Participating classes can also choose English as a Second Language.

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  • Step one: Start with your curriculum. Look at what you will be reading or studying during the end of Feb. or first of March.
    Use that as your inspiration. Remember. This connection is dependent upon your partners schedule as well as the wintery weather. The date and time that you are originally assigned might change, so think of a presentation that you can be flexible about when you present it.
    Here are some ideas from past years.
  • Many first timer Read Around the Planet classes do some version of a Dr. Seuss celebration. This is a great way to start. Read the Foot Book, Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham. Older students might write IN THE STYLE of Dr. Seuss and share their original works.
  • This 2nd grade class had a narrator read the majority of click clack moo and the rest of the class joined in on the chorus…CLICK CLACK MOOOOO
  • Take an epic poem and act it out. This takes a verbal activity and involves the kinesthetic learners. And you have to think about the camera and how to shoot it.
  • Take your historical research and have the students share as a wax museum or skits.
    Bottom line: start with a concept or topic that you are ALREADY going to be studying in your curriculum.
  • Have one of your students introduce your class. This should be someone who is comfortable on camera. Sometimes it works well to have two students sit next to each other so that they have a buddy.
  • Each class will have 10-15 minutes to share their interactions. Relax. It is not television. It is not Hollywood. It is your class talking and sharing with another class.
  • Students should be actively engaged during this session. Skits are popular, but you really have to make sure that they speak loudly and don’t move paper while they are speaking.
  • A wax museum has a nice visual element to it to increase the communication of the content. Many classes study the presidents and first ladies in February and this is a great topic to share with other classes.
  • Believe it or not, there have been times when one class walks out of a videoconference. If you have to leave the conference early, be sure to let the other site know and say good-bye. It is rude to walk out of a room while someone is speaking, so don't do it in a videoconference. 
  • Most classes just say “Good-bye” to end their conference. Others have a cheer or a song to share. It should be short if you do it. (Short means about 10-20 seconds.)
    You choose what fits your style and personality and the amount of time you have to prepare.
  • Read Around the Planet

    1. 1. Read Around the Planet and Other Collaborations Global Education Conference November 16, 2010 Janine Lim Blog: Twitter: outonalim
    2. 2. Getting to Know You A: Teacher B: Librarian/Media Specialist C: Technology Director D: Regional Technology/VC Support E: Principal / Administrator
    3. 3. Videoconferencing You Use A: Skype B: iChat C: Polycom D: Tandberg E: LifeSize F: Other (please write in the chat)
    4. 4. Getting to Know You A: Haven’t videoconferenced yet B: Done VCs with content providers only C: Done VCs with other schools only D: VCs with both content providers and schools
    5. 5. Getting to Know You Have you participated in Read Around the Planet in the past? Yes / No
    6. 6. • • 2 counties • 22 school districts • 70 videoconference units (Polycom Viewstations & VSX 7000s & QDX 6000) • 700-900 VC a year; primarily content providers and collaborations
    7. 7. What is TWICE? • Michigan’s K12 videoconferencing organization • Volunteer board members, mostly from educational service agencies • Read Around the Planet • Collaborations Around the Planet (CAPspace)
    8. 8. What is Read Around the Planet? A celebration of Read Across America / Dr. Seuss’ birthday / World Book Day.
    9. 9. What is Read Around the Planet? A dating service!
    10. 10. What is Read Around the Planet? • A celebration of Read Across America / Dr. Seuss’ birthday / World Book Day. • A dating service! • Open to K-12 schools • Open to IP videoconferencing (H.323). • Targeted to language arts and world language classes
    11. 11. What is Read Around the Planet? Open to K-12 schools
    12. 12. What is Read Around the Planet? Open to IP videoconferencing (H.323). VC Continuum:
    13. 13. What is Read Around the Planet? Targeted to language arts and world language classes
    14. 14. Read Around the Planet Your source for networking & building VC relationships
    15. 15. Read Around the Planet History 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
    16. 16. RAP 2011 Big Picture • Equipment Verification: Sept to Jan. 7 • Teacher Registration Opens Dec. 1 • Teacher Registration Closes Jan. 13 • Matches Announced week of Jan. 28 • Test calls & teachers talk in Feb. • Event: February 23 – March 11, 2011
    17. 17. Tips for Read Around the Planet and other collaborations
    18. 18. 3 Steps for RAP Success • Curriculum-linked Idea • The RAP Agenda • Classroom Tips: Managing Students & Materials Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    19. 19. Step 1: Curriculum • What are your students studying at the end of February? • Use that! Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    20. 20. March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    21. 21. Click, Clack, Moo Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    22. 22. Poetry Re-enactment Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    23. 23. Present historical research Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    24. 24. Step 2: The RAP Agenda • 5 min. Class Introductions. • 15 min. Class A leads the interaction. • 15 min. Class B leads the interaction. • 15 min. Question and Answer time. • 5 min. Closing & Goodbyes. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    25. 25. Introductions • Introductions – Teacher Name – Grade Level – School, City, State, Country – Map • Let your students do this! Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    26. 26. Have a student do the introductions. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    27. 27. Show us on a map Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    28. 28. Presentation / Interactions • 15 minute max (each) • Student-led • Rehearsed • Visual aspect Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    29. 29. Acting Out a Skit Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    30. 30. A Wax Museum: Guess the Characters Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    31. 31. More Interactive Ideas Teacher Packet PDF
    32. 32. Last 15 min: Q & A • Google your partner’s location/school • Generate questions • Vote on top 10 • Write the questions on a note card or sentence strip. • Write them on the board Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    33. 33. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    34. 34. “Hi, my name is Roxanne. We have a large Czech population in our community and celebrate customs and traditions with WestFest each August. Do you have a local festival celebrating something unique about your community?” Then MUTE your microphone and wait. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    35. 35. Notecards and Microphones Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    36. 36. Classroom Tips • Involve all students. • Keep items still. • Place speakers near microphone. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    37. 37. Involve All Students (student jobs in teacher packet) Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    38. 38. Use an easel to show artwork. Hold Still Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    39. 39. Place students near the microphone. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    40. 40. Teachers facilitate the discussion. Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    41. 41. Saying Goodbye Don’t just disconnect Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    42. 42. Good-bye Cheer Steps for Success by Roxanne Glaser
    43. 43. Participating in RAP 2011 Jan. 13 Deadline
    44. 44. Participate in RAP 2011 RIGHT NOW 1. Get an account in CAPspace: 2. Update My Settings (get promoted if VC coordinator) SOON 3. Collect equipment info I’m not participating in RAP this year; maybe next year. I want to participate; I’m working on getting my account in CAPspace. I plan to participate. I already have my account. I’m verified and ready for Dec. 1.
    45. 45. Participate in RAP 2011 WED Jan. 13 (Registration closes at midnight Eastern) 1. My Equipment: Add Endpoint 2. Get through Verification process: 3. Register for 1-5 teachers/classes
    46. 46. Coordinator Packet and Video • Instructions • Checklist • Chart to Get Organized • Tips for Feb & March • Download from
    47. 47. Prepare for Problems • Snow days, jury duty, reschedules... – Tell everyone - teachers & techs on both ends • Teacher communication – Mediate & encourage
    48. 48. Celebrate! • Bulletin board • Staff meeting reports • Local news • Student blog responses • and more....
    49. 49. Other Projects Formats & Resources
    50. 50. collaborativevcs. /f/ProjectsBooklet .pdf or Google “projects booklet”
    51. 51. Collaborative VCs Wiki • • Hosted by Berrien RESA • Available for anyone to add to it • Growing collection of written ideas for collaborative VC projects
    52. 52. Classroom Instruction That Works • 9 (or 11) instructional strategies • Use research based strategies • Increase interactivity in your collaborations and projects •
    53. 53. Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections • $100 • 1 week intro to VC; 1 week on content providers; 1 week on preparation; 1 week on projects • February 28 - March 28, 2011 • Register at technology/ click Professional Development
    54. 54. Kid2Kid Videoconference Connections • $150; January 24 - March 7, 2011 • Collaborative community online – Week 1: Developing a project idea – Week 2: Planning and advertising – Week 3&4: Preparing for a project – Week 5: Participating in a project – Week 6: Evaluating projects • Register at
    55. 55. More VC Projects • • Click on More VC Projects on the left
    56. 56. 20 Days to Better VC Projects Roxanne Glaser Whirlidurb
    57. 57. Questions / Wrap Up • RAP Coordinator: Sue Porter, • Verification Coordinator: Janine Lim, Blog: Twitter: outonalim Email: janine.lim@ Web: technology/vc/