Monday, November 5, 2007

Just One Less...

Tomorrow marks a big day for us in terms of our movement towards a more transparent school community: we are broadcasting a student-led conference on the environment live via Ustream and inviting you, your students, and your colleagues to watch us and interact with us through the chat.

Laura Sofen, a 7th grade Language Arts teacher and I sat down about a month ago and worked through our ideas and made this happen for our students. As Laura said, they had worked so hard, inquired so much and grown through this research process, that allowing them this outlet to show the understanding they have gained was a fitting reward.

Our goal tomorrow is to engage in dialogue, to pull you (and your students) in from wherever you are. We want our students to see "Global Warming" as truly "global," and not just something they are reading about because we are in an election cycle here in the states.

The times are 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:30pm EST in the US (GMT-5). Please take the time to drop in and bring your students if you can. The students are in 7th Grade, so they are not quite high school age, but in listening to them practice today, they have done their homework and are ready for a global audience.

Here is the address for my Ustream channel where will be live from. Hope to see you there.

Flickr image credit: "What Global Warming?" from maistora's photostream

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alexragone said...

Hey Patrick. I'm looking forward to hearing about the results of this one. I hope it went well and was as successful. The engaged learning that you describe is inspirational.

Thanks! - Alex

Patrick Higgins said...

Hello Alex,

Thanks for the comment. It was a truly great day. The post is coming sometime over the next few days, as we are heading for some "off the grid" time with our family.

Safe to say, it was a great experience for the students, and for us.

mrmayo said...


I was trying to watch the episodes but they don't want to load. I should be able to watch these, right? What's the trick? This is an amazing project. Did you have to have the students that participated sign waivers so they could be video taped?
THX~ George