Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Illinois.
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. 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 Alyshia Olsen; 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. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' groun, 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, 2009, 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 at 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!
At http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com/profiles/blogs/holiday-communications-panel you can read some of the comments from last Friday's conference. I don't think any one from Aurora attended, but there is a need for volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the city. If students start writing about this need, and connect with us in these forums, they can mobilize adults to help existing programs grow, or new programs start.
Because ideas can come from so many places, and there are so many people who need to be involved in helping kids in poverty go through school and into careers (doing it right on the first try, if possible)'m trying to build an online community of such folks, using ning as a platform.
I hope you'll use your tech knowledge and education network to support us and to help tutor/mentor programs grow in Aurora and Elgin.
No comments yet!
School / Work Affiliation
Adult Education Technology Center and Aurora Community Technology Center Manager