Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Resources for Berks County Innovation Workshop

A collection of resources and links for the Berks County Innovation Workshop participants. Thanks for having MAGPI visit!
Sled Dog Virtual Field Trip Resources
Power Point Presentations
MAGPI/Internet2 Applications Virtual Tour PPT

Increasing Inter@ctivity in Your Classroom Presentation

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Seeking Schools for IVC Collaborative Veteran's Oral History Project

INFOhio, OARnet and MAGPI are seeking 5 Ohio Schools and 2 MAGPI Member Schools for this exciting month-long What Does Freedom Mean to You? A Veterans’ Oral History Project, kicking off on November 8th. The project is being developed in cooperation with eTech Ohio, The Library of Congress and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Interested but not a school in those areas? We’ll be webstreaming the final videoconference so that everyone can get involved! (So mark your calendars!)

Please see more information below.

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What Does Freedom Mean to You? A Veterans’ Oral History Project

Target Audience: Students in Grades 10-12, particularly those in American History or Video Production Classes.

Cost: FREE!

Requirements for Participation:
Each participating school needs H.323 videoconference gear plus equipment to create a multimedia oral history project (i.e. video camera, microphone, computer with editing software). Each school will need to identify a veteran in their community that is willing to be profiled as part of this program. We also ask that the veteran be present during the live student interactive videoconference event on 12/10/2010. Participation in the project is contingent upon the teacher’s ability to attend the professional development event, being present at the dress rehearsal and students’ participation in the final videoconference event. There are 2 spaces available for MAGPI Members in this program and 5 spaces available for Ohio Schools.

Project Dates/Timeline:
  • Teacher Professional Development Event: Monday, November 8th from 3-5 PM EST
  • Student Collaborative Oral History Project Work: November 9th - December 4th
  • Deadline to Upload Video Project: December 5th
  • Videoconference Dress Rehearsal: Date/Time TBD
  • What Does Freedom Mean to You LIVE Videoconference and Webcast: December 10th from 10-11 AM EST
Project Description:
How do YOU define freedom? Through exploration of veterans’ stories, students from up to eight high schools will compile original multimedia productions that answer this question.

This unique, collaborative project provides an authentic venue for students to explore the concept of freedom through oral history. Teachers involved in the program will participate in an innovative professional development session created by the Library of Congress, which will help them focus their students’ questions and research as they gather veterans’ stories from their own community. Following the professional development videoconference, teachers and students will work together to profile one or more veterans from their community in a 3-5 minute multimedia production that explores the question: What does freedom mean to YOU?

The month-long project wraps with a live, interactive videoconference where students from each school will have an opportunity to share their 3-5 minute video projects and virtually meet the veterans that inspired them.