Spanish Read Across America

This morning Brandywine Elementary is connecting to a Spanish Immersion school in Columbus Ohio for a Spanish version of Read Across America. Our classes have Spanish only once a week, so they aren’t quite as fluent. The classes shared poetry, short statements, and choral readings together, mostly in Spanish. The question and answer part they did in English.

This was the first connection for Brandywine with their new Polycom VSX7000 mobile in the district. This connection was our first over a wireless Internet connection between the elementary school and the high school where the T1 comes in. The quality was amazingly good! Nice to know that this model is going to work well for us!

The other neat thing for my school is that the students in Columbus had done several videoconferences. So they told our students all about the different programs. Great for my school to hear about all the possibilities from students! I love it when schools learn from each other this way!

The Columbus students asked my school what they hope to do with videoconferencing. One of our students said, “I want to connect to you again because it’s very fun to talk to you guys.” Then our students asked them if they wanted to do Flat Stanley together and be pen pals. What a great partnership and first VC for my school!

About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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