Suffern Middle School in Virtual Worlds

A running account of the process of the proposal, acquisition, development and integration of a virtual presence for education at Suffern Middle School, Suffern, New York, USA.

Suffern Middle School in Virtual Worlds

Entries from April 26, 2007

You have to read this discussion….

April 26, 2007 · No Comments · Musings

After the pod discussions were underway, SLsent out a notice that they were going down unexpectedly, so the class logged out and held a whole group discussion. Ms. Ivey posted discussion questions again today that were quite engaging! At one point she sent out a group notice that read: “Don’t forget to make connections to […]

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Here comes Ms. Whiting’s Health Class…

April 25, 2007 · No Comments · Musings

Yet another SMS pioneer – Diane Whiting has approached me to develop some curriculum for her health class in SL! We met today and I asked her simply, “What is it you want your students to know or be able to do as a result of this project?” She blew my mind when she told […]

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ISTE Skypark Presentation

April 24, 2007 · 4 Comments · Musings

Thanks to all who showed up and participated tonight at my ISTE Skypark presentation on Ramapo Islands. It was very validating to hear your questions and your comments, and I hope you will continiue to participate inteh process through this blog! Anyone who grabbed snapshots, I would greatly appreciate you dropping them to Maggie Marat […]

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Ivey’s Class (with a sub!)

April 24, 2007 · No Comments · Musings

Teresa is out today with oral surgery issues – and her kids are in SL – and she is in SL. Get it? Here again is the beauty of the virtual platform! The following assignment was posted today:1. The following questions should take you at least 30 minutes to discuss in your pods. If you […]

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Ms. Ivey Goes to Washington…

April 23, 2007 · No Comments · DC field trip Ivey

…Actually – the entire 8th grade class from Suffern Middle School went to Washington D.C. for a four day field trip and their assignment when they returned (after one bus breaking down on the way home) was to discuss the trip. Although this is not “continuity” within the project, WHAT A WONDERFUL VEHICLE FOR REFLECTION!!!! […]

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Images and examples of daily discussion….

April 17, 2007 · 2 Comments · Musings

Here is an example notecard sent to the teacher of the day’s chat for the group reading The Invisible Man:[6:56] Platform-Three whispers: Platform-Three now ascending.[6:56] Consiglio Hillburn: yea[6:57] You: sweetness were going up[6:57] Harrison Hillburn: hi[6:57] Brain Hillburn: i have to tell the truth[6:57] Harrison Hillburn: what[6:57] Brain Hillburn: i hate this book[6:57] Harrison Hillburn: […]

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Monday and Tuesday’s Assignment

April 15, 2007 · 1 Comment · Musings

Here is the assignment that will be posted on the calendar on Ramapo Islands:For Monday and Tuesday You should be well into your books by now. I would like you to begin by talking about your reactions to what is occurring in the story thus far. After you share your thoughts, please discuss the following: […]

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The Good, The Bad,and The Ugly….

April 14, 2007 · 1 Comment · Musings

Thursday – Period 1 – Amazing – Kevin Jarrett on board, flying about the room, a seasoned extraordinary mentor – unflinching in the face of chaos and just a wonderful presence in the project! The kids caught onto the plan for the day, intuitively understood the technology, and within minutes the project was underway! We, […]

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WHOOT! Day 2!

April 10, 2007 · No Comments · Musings

Posters of the book selection were posted in the library and contained notecards with a quick booktalk.Here is Day 2′s assignment that was posted in a notecard on the calendar:Today you will navigate to the SMS Library in Ramapo and in the upstairs room of the library ther are 6 posters on the wall. Click […]

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Day 1 Oh My!

April 10, 2007 · 2 Comments · Musings

We had terrific live in real world help today from Digital Mincemeat and Pieridae Dench. Claudia Linden dropped by for a bit and LL Pera showed up to mentor! Our classes are soaring! Here is the first day’s assignment as posted on the calendar: Welcome! Here are your instructions for today:1. IM Ivey Ziami, Chaser […]

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