Snippets of Read Around the Planet

It’s been a great couple of weeks with Read Around the Planet 2011! We had 63 classes participate this year; and only a few of those are getting rescheduled. It’s been pretty busy, so I haven’t been able to blog too much of it; but I did capture some pictures and little snippets to share with you.

This Michigan class had clues about explorers; our Texas friends had to guess! They got them all right! I loved their props – the boat and ocean in the background. The explorers stood behind it when giving their facts. Note the student in the front. Does that help you guess?

Did you guess Jacques-Yves Cousteau?

This was a great example of how during Read Around the Planet, we really do encourage classes to share whatever they are studying! I even had a high school class connecting to an econ class for their RAP today!

Here’s an example of what not to do with the camera. I didn’t get a chance, but usually like to encourage classes to move their camera to better show the students. It’s ok to ask your partner class to move their camera too!

This class was sharing the story of Mrs. Wishy Washy – and everyone had dressed up – including the teacher! See the cows in the front row! Love the use of costumes!

I love connecting up and seeing a room full of Cat-in-the-Hat hats! Nothing like a great visual!

Finally a comment from a coordinator at one of our schools – this year every teacher is participating in RAP!

It was really good!  The whole class was involved and I really enjoyed it.  The partner teacher also complimented her and her class at the end by saying hers was the best-behaved and quietest class she had done a project with, and she does a lot of these.  This was her 5th or 6th of this year.  Anyway, so far so good on our RAP!

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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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