Chatting Across the USAA Video Conferencing Project by Cherrie MacInnes
How the Journey Began…             • The Minnesota               Project with IT               Jennifer Skalski from      ...
•   Dear Administrators and Third Grade Teachers,•   The 3rd graders at Washington Street School in Brewer, Maine are    o...
Prior to Conferencing             • Students researched               the state of Maine,               its mammals and   ...
Recording Information• Students wrote in their  ‘Chatting Across the USA’  journals for each  conference.                 ...
Sample Journal Entry
Weekly Reader• We were very excited to  have a story about our  project published in the  May 7th issue of Weekly  Reader.
It took 1 month of contacting teachers and 3months of conferencing to video chat with all                 50 states.
Some Favorite Conferences
Mrs. MacInnes Visits NJ Classroom• Mrs. Anderson’s   • PS12 Principal, Mr.  Students            Montes
Mrs. Anderson Visits Maine
Cool Waves Saxophone Quartet       Concert Series
Other Video ConferencingOpportunities During Our First Year                  • In addition to the 50                    3r...
Video ConferencingUnlimited Opportunities!  • Guest speakers, all of    whom shared the    importance of working    hard i...
Collaboration                                       • Sharing special guest                                         musici...
Learning About Technology  http://youtu.be/IDlcVppgEpA
Mission StatementWe, the teachers within the Chatting Across the USAcommunity, are committed to modeling digital citizensh...
Extended Benefits            • Professional              Support Group            • Friendships
PBS New Jersey         A segment on Digital Citizenshiphttp://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid616303324001?bckey=...
Resources• Make Connections  outside of the USA:                             • https://sites.google.com/sit• epals.com    ...
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Chatting Across the USA
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Chatting Across the USA

  1. 1. Chatting Across the USAA Video Conferencing Project by Cherrie MacInnes
  2. 2. How the Journey Began… • The Minnesota Project with IT Jennifer Skalski from Egan, Minnesota • A seed was planted…
  3. 3. • Dear Administrators and Third Grade Teachers,• The 3rd graders at Washington Street School in Brewer, Maine are on a quest to video chat with a third grade classroom from every state in our country. Students from W.S.S. would share interesting facts about Maine and your students would reciprocate with some interesting facts about your state. The conference would be a one • To contact time lesson lasting between 20 - 30 minutes. My class will record the date of our video conference on a large map of the United educators, I States and keep a journal of facts as well. We will learn a lot about the USA and meet a lot of great 3rd graders along the way! emailed this letter• All that is needed is a computer with a built in or attached camera and an internet connection. Video chats can include an entire 3rd to every email grade class, a small group or individuals. We want this to be convenient and easy for you! address I could• If you are interested in helping us to reach our goal, please contact Mrs. MacInnes at cmacinnes@breweredu.org. We look forward to find on school hearing from you.• Thank you, Cherrie MacInnes websites in every• Washington Street School state.• 100 Washington Street• Brewer, Maine 04412• 207-989-8660• Please send this email to anyone you think might be interested in participating in our project.
  4. 4. Prior to Conferencing • Students researched the state of Maine, its mammals and birds. As a group, students decided which facts and trivia were most important and interesting to teach.
  5. 5. Recording Information• Students wrote in their ‘Chatting Across the USA’ journals for each conference. • A large USA map was also used to examine each location and to track states completed.
  6. 6. Sample Journal Entry
  7. 7. Weekly Reader• We were very excited to have a story about our project published in the May 7th issue of Weekly Reader.
  8. 8. It took 1 month of contacting teachers and 3months of conferencing to video chat with all 50 states.
  9. 9. Some Favorite Conferences
  10. 10. Mrs. MacInnes Visits NJ Classroom• Mrs. Anderson’s • PS12 Principal, Mr. Students Montes
  11. 11. Mrs. Anderson Visits Maine
  12. 12. Cool Waves Saxophone Quartet Concert Series
  13. 13. Other Video ConferencingOpportunities During Our First Year • In addition to the 50 3rd grade classrooms, we also conferenced with the Governor and First Lady of Maine, the graduating class of education majors at the University of Maine and teachers at a workshop in Bolles, Florida.
  14. 14. Video ConferencingUnlimited Opportunities! • Guest speakers, all of whom shared the importance of working hard in school to achieve your goals and dreams. • Former First Lady, Barbara Bush was one of our favorites. • http://mediamaine.org/Ch attingAcrossUSA/
  15. 15. Collaboration • Sharing special guest musicians with N.J. • Reading Lessons with students in Arizona. • 5 State Collaborative Video: Hawaii, New Jersey, North Dakota, Arizona, Maine• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8l Uo11Chyc
  16. 16. Learning About Technology http://youtu.be/IDlcVppgEpA
  17. 17. Mission StatementWe, the teachers within the Chatting Across the USAcommunity, are committed to modeling digital citizenship byforming a cooperative learning community among studentsthat will empower them to play an active role in their learningprocess through unique experiences and opportunities. Ourproject is driven by the following set of core values:1. Respect for self2. Respect for diversity in others3. Building strong connections4. Promoting peace as agents of change5. Engendering a healthy sense of self-pride in our students6. Fostering critical thinking7. Stimulating an interest in learning
  18. 18. Extended Benefits • Professional Support Group • Friendships
  19. 19. PBS New Jersey A segment on Digital Citizenshiphttp://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid616303324001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAj36EGjE~,w53r2XdUtII0XxxdqYeLp1bOxUXrsIg0&bctid=147 8839046001
  20. 20. Resources• Make Connections outside of the USA: • https://sites.google.com/sit• epals.com e/chattingacrosstheusa/• (Met students in England and Pen Friends in Belarus) • http://mediamaine.org/Cha• education.skype.com ttingAcrossUSA/• http://www.classchats.co • https://kindredcommunitie m/connections/ s.wikispaces.com/

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