Today we participated in an exciting interview with Dr. Ben Carson, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Students read his book, Gifted Hands, and prepared questions based on their reading and scientific study. Six classes were interactive and many others participated via view only and streaming video. The program was coordinated and sponsored by Polycom. Thank you to Polycom and Johns Hopkins for making this happen!
We used the ASK format for this videoconference. We started with opening comments from Dr. Carson, rotated through the schools for the questions, and closed with final comments. Here is a sampling of some of the questions.
- How does your work as a professor at Johns Hopkins University affect your family life?
- Throughout your career you’ve received many awards. Which one are you most proud of and why?
- What was going through your mind when you ran out of blood when separating the Binder twins?
- When do you do your reading?
- What do you see as the next scientific breakthrough for neurology?
- Who helped you meet your goals in your life?
- Your job must be very stressful. What do you do to relax, get away from it all or hobbies?
Dr. Carson shared scientific information on brain surgeries and diagnoses, his family and work life, his work on the President’s Council for Bioethics, and how he made decisions along the way in his career and early life.
We had a few muting and technical difficulties at the beginning, but the conference smoothed out after a few minutes.
In his closing comments, Dr. Carson encouraged students to listen and learn for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of other people around them. He reminded them to Think Big! Read his book Think Big to get more of his philosophy. It was a great experience for everyone involved. I know the students here in Berrien County were positively impacted by Dr. Carson’s story.
2/15 Addition. Here are some of the evaluation comments from the participants.
From: Harriet Tubman – NASA Explorer School District 148, Illinois, (View Only school)
The Videoconference was fantastic!!! Our students and
parents enjoyed the experience.
From: Southfield, Michigan, distance learning coordinator:
I thought the program was awesome. I enjoyed listening to Dr. Carson talk about himself as well as his work. He seems to be a down to earth individual. I liked the sound advice he gave the students regarding schooling and life in general.
From: North Middle School Librarian:
This was the best DDN program we have ever done at North Middle School. I thought Dr. Ben Carson did a wonderful job. I just wanted it to continue on. He was just so fascinating.
Out student’s and teacher’s loved every minute of it too.
THANKS so much for all your help in getting this fabulous program to become a possibility for all the school!
Also, read Andrea Israeli’s blog entry from the New York City participating class.