Monthly Archives: March 2010
Barri Bumgarner’s ‘crime scene analysis’ distance learning program with the author (and former teacher) focuses on a writing exercise designed to be creative, deductive, and interactive. This writing workshop videoconference is for 8-12 grades. Students will see a portion of an episode of CSI. After viewing the initial “crime scene footage,” each writer will play investigator through a variety of interviews. Once they conducted each of their interviews, students will then write their version of what happened.
The videoconference is available Friday, May 7, 2010. Space is still open, but please sign up by April 30. The videoconference is $200 for New Links to New Learning members and $250 for nonmembers. The cost of this vc is now just $150 for New Links to New Learning members and $200 for nonmembers. Videotaping/recording this videoconference is not allowed. There are two, 1 hour sessions available (all times Central Daylight Time): 8:30 a.m. for 9-12th graders (high school) and 10 a.m. for 8th graders (middle school). Register here.
High school teachers, here’s a videoconference being offered by University Circle Interactive Cleveland that you will definitely want to consider participating in: 1945: Witnesses to War – Holocaust Survivors and Artists. Here’s a program description:
The Temple Museum of Religious Art recently acquired a collection of 45 Holocaust Wall Hangings by artist Judith Weinshall Liberman that visually depict historic maps, scenes and philosophic concepts regarding the history of the Holocaust. The first connection is a presentation featuring the Holocaust Wall Hangings. The students explore the creative process, interpretation, and explore how an artist honors historical memory.
The second connection is a conversation with a Holocaust survivor describing their experiences during World War II. Both lessons analyze how history is interpreted by examining historic documents, eyewitness accounts from Holocaust survivors and shared artistic interpretations of the artist’s works.
There are set dates and times for this videoconference- starting April 14, running through May 18. This is a two part videoconference and each videoconference is planned to be 45 – 60 minutes. The total cost for the program is $250. Click here to learn more.
St. Louis author Patricia McKissack has taught students the writing process via videoconference for a decade. In 2010, we’re excited to offer a new take on a favorite program: Creative Writing – Science Fiction. This videoconference is open for 4th-12th grade students; if both elementary& high school teachers respond, we’ll most likely add another time to split groups.
The Science Fiction Workshop will be offered in the spring:
Teacher Session: Thursday, April 15, 2010 @ 4 pm CDT
Student Session I: Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 11 am CDT
Student Session II: Thursday, May 12, 2010 @ 11 am CDT
Cost for the series of 3 v/c is $650 for New Links members; non-members $750. Please register by April 1.
Unfortunately, The Great Depression videoconference with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on April 6, 2010 has been canceled.
Here’s a videoconference available from CESA 7 Interactive Learning Services on why St. Patrick’s Day such a widely celebrated holiday, and what makes the Irish such a proud people. This vc is available upon request, so if you didn’t make it on time for today, you can consider it in the future. Here’s what the program offers: in this e-field trip students look through the Irish perspective and catch a glimpse of what the Irish have endured, why St. Patrick is such an important figure to them, and how Celtic culture has sustained their spirit. In the process, we will try out Irish dancing, sing Irish songs, and learn about Celtic myths that reach back over two millennia to a time before Christianity.
In this program, students will go beyond familiar associations of leprechauns, shamrocks and green beverages to appreciate and understand how St. Patrick drove the Druids from Ireland, the nature of the music that sprang from the harp of Celtic god The Dagda, what occurred on the Hill of Tara, and how the Irish Wheel is a symbol akin to those of Native American cultures. Unraveling the mysterious knots of Irish culture and legacy makes for a fascinating adventure of discovery! Presenter Marc Kotz is a life-long performing artist and teacher who delights in venturing to other cultures and times through the means of dance, theatre, music and educational exploration.
Through Irish Eyes & Feet: Celebrating St. Patrick & Celtic Culture is a highly interactive and reflective program involving dancing, singing, historical and cultural learning/analysis as well as critical thinking. To participate, contact CESA 7. (New Links members, contact CSD and we will help you get this program set up).