Webcastathon Interview with Noble Kelly of Teachers Without Borders

Ever since my failed attempt at an audio interview with Noble back in March, I have been looking for an opportunity to give it another try.

This weekend, in spite of a few family obligations, I have been trying to keep up with the Webheads in Action Online Convergence Conference webcastathon. I missed some terrific presenters (which can be found here at Learning Times), but the few that I was able to attend were very good. Some of have been very practical uses of web 2.0 tools for education while others have focused on theory – a nice balance of both, I thought.

Noble Kelly will join me later this afternoon (19:00 GMT, 15:00 EST, 13:00 CST) for a conversation about Teachers Without Borders – an organization that is dedicated to providing teacher training to teachers in developing nations. Web 2.0 tools and environments can obviously play an important role in this.

Please join us!

If you can’t make it, I will post the coordinates to the audio presentation later.

Project Awards and Big Changes

I am so thrilled to announce that my students have captured TWO awards for their contributions to collaborative online projects with global partners.

Two weeks ago, I learned that our entry for the Global Virtual Classroom website design contest, Immortals and Heroes of the World had been awarded the second place silver award for outstanding website design. My grade 7 students were absolutely delighted by their recognition for work well done. We had terrific partners at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois (Janet Barnstable – teacher) and Santan Junior High School in Chandler, Arizona (Shaun Creighton – teacher).

Yesterday, I received word that my grade nine students’ international collaborative literature project, From Jerusalem to Montréal, was awarded second place for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (Special Interest Group – Telelearning) Online Learning Award. My partners for that project (not quite finished) are Karen Guth and for the fourth consecutive year, my very good friend, Reuven Werber.

Students in my English class have been participating in this international collaborative literature exchange with students at Neveh Channah School in Israel since last October. They have shared literature about Montréal to the Israeli students while also studying some literature based on Jerusalem. The LCC students were also asked to perform peer reviews on the research projects by the Israeli students. Videos and personal reflections about the literature were also exchanged.

This project will be on display at the upcoming National Educational Computing Conference in Atlanta at the end of June.

My students have worked very hard on these projects and I am so proud of them.

I am pleased to share that the first place award for the ISTE Online Learning Award goes to the very deserving Flat Classroom Project headed up by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. Congratulations to both of them and their students! Well done!

These awards have come at an important moment in my career as I have had to make a very difficult decision to leave my current teaching position at Lower Canada College (the best school in the world) and accept a position with LEARN Québec, an educational foundation associated with the ministry of education here in Québec. While I am very sad to leave behind my wonderful, amazing students, I am excited with the potential of my new job at LEARN.

More to come on that later….