USDLA: KC3 by Jan Zanetis
Showing the Stamford High School programs…
History of KC3 – Jan’s conversation with Alan November inspired it the start of the program.
15 schools signed up to create content; 100 schools indicated interested in being the test audiences for the contest.
The classes signed up and the KC3 team worked with them to prepare their presentations for the contest.
Then they did the program with a test audience and it was recorded on a TANDBERG Content Server in TN. The judges then accessed the programs afterwards and completed an online rubric to judge the program.
The project has snowballed where the classes are presenting their programs to other classes, and even generating additional projects and videoconferences with each other.
There were some great little clips of the students. It’s always fun to see kids present. We all laughed and enjoyed the students’ creativity!
Another clip showed the Q&A after the field trip was over. The classes brainstormed other VCs they could do with each other and what else they could teach each other about their communities. These are the same kind of amazing conversations that happen after Read Around the Planet and similar events.
In preparing their presentations, the students addressed a lot of NETS standards.
Jan has a pyramid of VC with distance classes at the bottom, then accessing content providers, then collaborative student projects, and at the top content creation in the classroom.
Comment from a student – “I didn’t realize that teaching was so hard.” That’s a great quote!!
The teachers said that it was hard work, but that the level of student engagement was incredible. Students had to dig deeper to really understand the in depth content to share it with the other class.
The teachers also said it was really eye-opening to see their students present the content – they saw their students engaging with the content at a different level than they usually see.