Partnerships and Project Planning

It seems I got quite a few emails this past summer from people wanting their classes to do projects with my classes. Usually from a coordinator level – county, district, or building, but rarely teachers.

So I’ve been mulling over this for the last several months. What is the best “next step” when two coordinators want to have their schools do connections? What are the starting points?

Here’s what I’ve come up with. Please comment & share your ideas too!

Starting with Enthusiastic Teachers
One way to start is to contact teachers who love VC already and see if they have any ideas for connecting to this particular location. Often they can come up with a curriculum based idea that works and that the other location woud want to do.

 

Coordinators Designing Projects
Another way to start is for the coordinators to suggest some possibilities to their teachers. For example, one of the locations I’m working with is in the United Kingdom. I know that I have high school classes studying British Literature. It seems logical that we could think of some projects the classes could do together. We can ask each other questions to start brainstorming. Things to think about are:

  • What is the curriculum locally?
  • What curriculum covers communication/presentation skills?
  • What curriculum covers information that is geographically outside your area?
  • What curriculum might be similar between our two areas?

Plan a Workshop Together
A crazier idea (logistically) is to do a VC project planning workshop together. I got this idea from the 123 Jazzing Up Your Curriculum with VC workshop from this summer. If the two locations could connect two VCs at a time – and have a group of math/science teachers and a group of language arts/social studies teacher together – they could talk to each other about projects. I haven’t done this yet so I’m just thinking out loud! An overview of VC projects could be shared with the whole group and then they could split into groups to plan. The projects workshop resources on my VC projects wiki would be helpful for doing this.

I’m still mulling this over, trying to think of how we can take advantage of the opportunities to connect with each other in a logical organized fashion. If you have any ideas, please share them by commenting.

 

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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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2 Responses to Partnerships and Project Planning

  1. Judy Maxson says:

    I’d love to learn more. I represent 22 school districts in upstate NY. All my districts have Polycoms, and I’m definitely interested in “getting the ball rolling” with Professional Development.

    Feel free to contact me at jmaxson@caboces.org

    Judy Maxson

  2. Janine Lim says:

    Judy – I encourage you to look at our online classes – http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl/picc and http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl/k2k – I’m noticing an increase in understanding and usage from my districts taking these classes….

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