Culture Exchange with Pakistan

This morning a group of high school students from Decatur High School talked to high school students in Pakistan. After a bit of a rough start with technology, the classes started the discussion. The discussion ranged from cultural questions like sports, favorite music, to more politically sensitive issues like what the students think of their […]

World Issues Class Connects to Pakistan

This morning we connected again to Pakistan, this time with a sophomore World Issues class from Edwardsburg High School. Our class shared the seven themes of culture: social organization, holiday celebrations (Halloween & corn mazes), language (slang), arts & literature (types of music), religion, government, and economics. They used skits, pictures, costumes, and props in […]

Quantity vs. Quality in Open and Distance Learning

ICDE Conference Overview and Welcome Welcome to Tianjin, China! I’m attending the International Council for Open and Distance Education World Conference; with over 1000 participants from around the world, including Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Australia, Indonesia, and many more countries. The conference began with an opening ceremony – with speeches from dignitaries from several organizations. The […]

Three Wishes: Students Share Their Writing

8/20/2010 note: I’m moving this article from my website to my blog for archiving. This lesson/collaboration was written by a high school special education / remedial reading teacher. These videoconferences were an early example of powerful sharing of writing via videoconference. Student feedback to each other was excellent. Three Wishes Videoconference Series: Students Share Their […]