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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Possibilities

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I often think about what it would be like for my class to meet other students from around the United States and beyond. Would my students feel inspired by a project another class is doing? Could my class work with another class on some sort of science or writing project? Is there a possibility of problem solving using Wiki Spaces? Living in the Puget Sound area of Washington I often wonder how healthy is the Puget Sound. What is the quality of the water throughout the Sound? Are there any schools within the Puget Sound testing the water and study the Sound? If so, could we exchange data? I hope that this blog will be a place where educators can share ideas, learn from one another, and have classrooms from around the United States and beyond connect with one another and learn from one another. What would you like to do? Is there a something you have been itching to do with your classroom? Need inspiration or a push in the right direction? Think of all the learning possibilities out there. This is a place to share them or be inspired by them. Come join this community of collaborators.

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Katherine Bolman PhD's picture
Katherine Bolman PhD
Creating a course in the history of art and architecture around the world.

I am concerned that the history of art and architecture may be being lost from our schools.
I believe that working with a group of students and their teacher we could build a great art history site over the course of the year. This kind of collaboration would be project based for the students.
Given that students are very technology conscious, know better about how they like to learn that some of us do, I think this would be a great project.

I do hope that some of you will take a look at my site and join me in this project. The site is begun prehistoric art around the world. I chose this because I wanted to begin at the beginning.

As far as I know there are no other online art history courses.

I look forward to active participation!

Bob Zenhausern's picture

I work with the Enabling Support Foundation, a non-profit with a dual mission to support persons with disabilities and K-12 education, and most importantly the intersection of these two missions: special education. You can see the main site at www.enabling.org and the K-12 resource site at www.educationalsynthesis.org.

I am writing this in response to Dr. Bolman's post on art and architecture. I have collected 200 links to the mythology of 20 cultures and a combination of prehistoric art and mythology seem like a natural combination. I can make these links available to anyone who wants to use them to develop a project on art, culture, and ancient history.

Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

I LOVE the idea of collaborating with other teachers/educators/experts/classrooms ... etc. I think the possibilities are endless. I teach in a large urban school district in one of the poorest sections of the city. I see how limited my student's perspectives are because of lack of exposure outside their own community. I wish I could actually take them out of their community and expose them to the greater world around them. Unfortunately, this is not feasible - money, time, resources. But they can connect in so many other ways with the use of technology.

I'm hoping my school district will un-block so many of the social networks it has seen fit to block so that we can use these as tools to expend their horizon.

I'm looking forward to connecting with you all, expanding my own horizon and foundation, and bringing this to my student's world.

"Consider the possibilities"!

rita cochrane's picture
rita cochrane
seventh grade social studies teacher from Nashville, Tennessee

My seventh graders each year sponsor World Clean Water Day. We raise awareness to the problem of unclean water around the world by drinking tap water for lunch one day and donating the money we would have spent on a soda/tea/milk to our fund. The money is donated to projects providing drinking water to villages around the world. I would love to connect with schools around our country wishing to join and make this project go national. It is an easy one-day project with great rewards. For the past two years, our local news has covered the event.

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