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

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SO Many Worldz…So Little Time….

January 5, 2013 · No Comments · Musings

If you re visiting this page for information about the  Ramapo Islands Project in Second Life you have come to the right place.  Although I no longer update this blog, I have left the content in place as I believe it is still timely and important.  I am very happy to support any teachers who […]

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CH CH CH CH CHanges…

March 25, 2011 · No Comments · Musings

As the Worldz Turn This link will take you to  the Treet TV Machinima of my Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Keynote (March 2011)  I feel that watching the video will explain the changes that have occurred over the past year.  These are changes in logistics, as well as in my thinking and in […]

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A Special Ed Class Takes the Leap…

January 28, 2010 · No Comments · Musings

I must say…this Second Life experience is great! My 6th grade special ed students are learning this virtual world much quicker than me. Not only are they hands on, they are learning critical thinking skills, navigation, cooperation, attendance is almost perfect (big thing for us) among many other skills. The students are teaching me and […]

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Bringing Literature to (Second) Life

January 7, 2010 · No Comments · Musings

First of all, I must say I feel a bit like a renegade, one of those radio pirates of days past, stealing the airwaves of an unknowing station.  This is not Peg Sheehy, the beloved and revered Queen of Ramapo Islands, but one of her minions.  Some of you know me as Medina SMSTeacher, but […]

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THE FASHION SHOW…

January 4, 2010 · No Comments · Musings

I AM INCLUDING SOME OF THE  NOTES FROM THE CHAT LOG DURING THE FASHION SHOW.  I COULDN’T EDIT THEM IF I’D WANTED TO! [9:28]  Chaser Brody: this is where the person describing the outfit should stand [9:28]  Chaser Brody: behind this podium [9:28]  Chaser Brody: and the person who is “modeling” [9:29]  Chaser Brody: should […]

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The Immigration Experience…

December 22, 2009 · No Comments · Musings

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Barriers, Fences, and Conflicts…

November 24, 2009 · No Comments · Musings

Students at Suffern Middle School are currently studying the Middle East, a region full of geographic and cultural challenges.  The Middle East unit follows an opening unit called Becoming Social Scientists in which students examined their own community and those of others through the lenses of government, geography, history, economy, and culture. As social scientists, […]

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Ciao Ramapo!

September 22, 2009 · No Comments · Musings

Teacher, Laura Alessi, (This SMSTeacher on Ramapo Islands) started the school year off thinking of ways to engage her middle school and high school students in a collaborative project.  Mrs. Alessi teaches Italian at both Suffern Middle and Suffern High School.  We put our heads together (always a dangerous thing around here!) and decided to […]

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ISTEvision Rocks!

July 3, 2009 · No Comments · Musings

Opening Newsreel for NECC 2009

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When the Planets Align…Or Not!

June 5, 2009 · No Comments · Musings

Students who have recently completed a unit on planetary science were charged with the task of designing a project, to culminate their unit on planetary science.  The required elements of the project design were collaboration, creativity, and teamwork in order that  in some way the unique knowledge they had gained from their research was synthesized […]

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