I teach Maths / Science in an independent school on the Rural / Urban fringe of Melbourne. As Head of Learning - Middle School I have responsibility for the teaching and Learning across Yr 5 - 8. In my spare time I play with my 2 gorgeous sons and am an active CFA volunteer.
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My son is coming to Melbourne to study for about six weeks, in late June and July. What great things can you recommend for him to do in your area (outside of going to classes) in that time frame? He's entering his last year at university as a physics major with minors in math, economics, Spanish and political science.....and interested in everything! Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
Hiya. Ta for the invite to sign up. It's really interesting and I've passed it on to lots of folk at school. Feel a bit like a fake coz none of the subjects I teach at the moment use much technology but at least I can stay vaguely in touch with where its at. Cheers xK