Chatting Across the USAA Video Conferencing Project by Cherrie MacInnes
How the Journey Began… • The Minnesota Project with IT Jennifer Skalski from Egan, Minnesota • A seed was planted…
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
Learning About Technology http://youtu.be/IDlcVppgEpA
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
Extended Benefits • Professional Support Group • Friendships
PBS New Jersey A segment on Digital Citizenshiphttp://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid616303324001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAj36EGjE~,w53r2XdUtII0XxxdqYeLp1bOxUXrsIg0&bctid=147 8839046001
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/