The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Seeking Jury Members for Final Evals November 12, 2009

Filed under: The Jury — Christian Long @ 5:55 pm

Now that we’re nearing the 1/2 way point of the “Alice Project” project, I’m seeking 25 educators who would be willing to participate as ‘jury’ members at the project’s conclusion.

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Would YOU be interested in helping out?

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If so, here are a few details:

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The Reason for Adding a Jury to the Project:

As I’ve said to the kids many times over, they need to write, edit, design, link, and create as if their blogs/writing will matter to the world (not just to Mr. Long as their teacher).

In other words, we are imagining that someone via Google many months/years into the future will be searching the Internet as part of their effort to understand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…and that they will discover one (or all) of these student-crafted blogs.

We want that person to feel as if they discovered something profound idea-wise.  We want them to be thankful for the creative inspiration and extensive research.

And we’d like to think that a jury of professional educators can offer an honest reflection/critique as to ‘quality’ of work created with an eye on these blogs being ‘of value’ to visitors in the future.

In other words, we do not want well-intentioned “atta-boy” responses that offers little direction or coaching.  We want honest feedback based on what is realistic and meaningful.  We want to know what mattered and what fell short.

Who Should Volunteer:

If you are an educator who is passionate about kids and digital projects, then we’d love to have you!

Any level (grades) or role (teacher, administrator, consultant, etc) is welcomed.

And while I’m seeking a core of 25 educators, I’d be happy to add more to the list over time…so don’t be held back if you see that # get reached before you sign up.

Do You Have to Be an Expert on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Participate?

In a word: NO!

If you are a fan or an expert, great.  But this is by no means a requirement.

All that is required is an willingness to ‘learn’ and ask questions about the text, the themes, the characters, and the cultural impact of this story.

How to Sign Up: Simply leave a comment on this blog entry if you’re interested. Please identify the following when you do:

Who you are.

What you do in the field of ‘education’.

Where you call home.

Why you’re interested in the project.

Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog.

When:

The ‘jury’ process will take place over a full week in early December (TBA).

Jury members will pick-n-choose when they want to participate, as the process will take place virtually on individual jury members’ schedules.

There will be a deadline, but otherwise every jury member should go at his/her own pace.

How We’ll Collaborate:

I’ll set up a password protected wiki that will allow jury members to leave comments on the 12 student “Alice Project” blogs.

Results:

All students will receive 3 grades for the project.  One of the 3 grades will be based on how the public assesses the quality and validity of a) their overall blog site and b) their collective research/ideas.

Needless to say, the jury members’ feedback will be central to this part of the grading process.

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38 Responses to “Seeking Jury Members for Final Evals”

  1. I would love to be a part of this jury!

    I’m an educator in Omaha, Nebraska with almost 15 years of experience- 6 yrs in the secondary music classroom, 8 yrs in Technology/Professional Development- and this year, I’m back in the classroom as a K-5 vocal music teacher. I returned to the classroom because a) I miss kids, and b) I was teaching teachers to do all these really cool things with their students that I couldn’t do!

    This project intrigues me because it is exactly the type of project I would choose for myself as a learner. I think the students will have the opportunities to make decisions and solve problems within this experience– unlike any other time in their education. They will be able to collaborate with others and learn from resources that are not available through traditional means.
    Most importantly, this isn’t just about participating in a really “cool” project. They’ll most likely work harder than they have before, but their understanding of the concepts and your objectives for them will go more deeply than if you had asked for the typical journal or paper assignments/options long associated with this type of class. On top of all that, they’ll hone their communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. EVERYONE needs that, regardless of the class.

    My ulterior motive is that I will be doing similar, although much scaled down projects with my older students this year.

    Wow… sorry for the long-winded comment. I’m really passionate about projects that teach students more than simply how to regurgitate a lot of primary or secondary source information. Thanks for giving your students this opportunity!

  2. Count me in.

    Who you are: Dean Shareski

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Consultant for a K-12 school district, sessional instructor at the University of Regina

    Where you call home: Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    Why you’re interested in the project: I love watching kids demonstrate their learning. Being able to peak in on learners no matter where you live is very cool.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Because feedback, assessment from those outside and directly inside student’s lives is a wonderful and balanced way to improve learning.

  3. Who you are: Damian Bariexca

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: School psychologist, former 9-12 English teacher

    Where you call home: Perkasie, PA

    Why you’re interested in the project: Because conversations don’t just take place face to face, and learning doesn’t just happen within a class period.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: It helps give them the tools to become more self-sufficient, self-directed learners, which is a far more important skill than being able to regurgitate plot summaries.

  4. Drew Buddie Says:

    Who you are: Drew Buddie (aka @digitalmaverick)

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I am Head of ICT at a private girls’ school and I am an active member of educational online groups.

    Where you call home: I am a Scot but live in a village just outside London

    Why you’re interested in the project: I am fascinated by any project that offers exciting ICT-related opportunities to young people.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Young people today need to be armed with the tools that they will require for a future in a society where many of them will do jobs that don’t exist yet using tools that have not been written yet. This project looks like it will help them on the road to achieving this.

  5. Matt Langdon Says:

    I teach kids to be heroes.

    Brighton, Michigan (but really I call Australia home)

    I’m interested in these kids because I’ve spoken to many of them.

    Kids need to be working on projects that prepare them for their future. I think this is the kind of thing that helps with that.

  6. Who you are- ehelfant online:)

    What you do in the field of ‘education’- Instructional Tech

    Where you call home – St Louis MO

    Why you’re interested in the project – Looking to do more writing like this at our school

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog – audience is a powerful thing and anything that allows for frequent,varied feedback is a plus- also believe kids need to write in a hyperlinked way and to support with images and citations

  7. Alec Couros Says:

    I’m in – Alec Couros

    What you do in the field of ‘education’.
    – I’m a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education. I help teachers become innovative in respect to teaching and learning.

    Where you call home.
    – Regina, SK, Canada.

    Why you’re interested in the project.
    – I’m interested in seeing kids succeed. I’m interested in strong practice via technology & social media. This project is a winner.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog.
    – Let’s stop holding the work of our students hostage by posting it on the bulletin board for a captive group to read, experience, or give feedback. Students can be truly engaged when they understand they have a global audience of peers that care for them and their work. I hope that my involvement will make the difference in the life of your students.

  8. Who you are
    – George Siemens

    What you do in the field of ‘education’.
    – Combination of researcher/strategist. I’m with TEKRI at Athabasca University…looking at how to strategically adopt social media at a systemic level.

    Where you call home.
    – Used to be Manitoba. But now Alberta – Edmonton, to be precise.

    Why you’re interested in the project.
    – I’m motivated in my work by hearing how others learn. Especially younger children experimenting with and learning to express themselves through technology.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog.
    – Learning and collaborating with ICT is their future. Using technology for social purposes…to be creative…to connect with others…is important. Practical projects and learning opportunities like this are a great introduction…

  9. Who you are: Andrew Kauffman
    What you do in the field of ‘education’: 2nd grade teacher at a k-5 school in northern Indiana

    Where you call home: Goshen, IN, US

    Why you’re interested in the project: Digital projects allow for more meaningful interaction of students with others outside of their “learning environment”. I love to see what students come up with and to see authentic learning occur, not just learning that sticks with them until a test and then leaves the next day. This is a great time to expose children to as many different ways to learn as possible.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Feedback from others besides for teachers in a certain school allows for children to create and revise and refine their ideas to present to the broader general public. Not only does this work make them better students, but makes those that will read it better learners.

  10. Who you are.
    Carolyn Foote (aka @technolibrary)

    What you do in the field of ‘education’.
    Techie Librarian at a high school

    Where you call home.
    Austin, Texas

    Why you’re interested in the project.
    I want to see how blogging with students can be taken to a more meaningful level; want to see this project “in action” since I saw some of the posts at the beginning.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog

    Several reasons–I’m a former English teacher and I know writing for a real audience is more meaningful than writing for ourselves alone, though both have value. Blogging affords that audience feedback/interaction. I also believe students have interesting and important things to say and that by sharing it and having that affirmed, they realize the importance of their voices in the world. I also think that something about blogging allows for more reflection time–especially a project like this over time.

    It reminds me slightly of a project one of our brand new teachers is doing on the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, although his is a wiki where students track themes through the book on the wiki. (link here if you are interested http://wiki.mrproctor.net/)

    That’s why I’m here and looking forward to it!

  11. Tim Lauer Says:

    Would be glad to help…

    My name is Tim Lauer and I am the Principal of Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. I am interested in this project because it is an exercise that helps students develop and engage with an audience. I believe that projects like this have value because they help students develop a sense of working for an audience. From my experience when students are working with an audience in mind, they are more engaged and quite frankly, it is more fun…

  12. David Bill Says:

    Who you are?

    – David Bill aka @dcinc66

    What you do in the field of ‘education’

    – I am a technology integrator. I teach technology and history and add my two cents to a variety of educational technology communities.

    Where you call home?

    – I claim Washington, DC as home but currently live in New York City.

    Why you’re interested in the project?

    – The Alice project is a great example of how technology can be used effectively to teach the skills and content required by a school’s curriculum while generating student interest.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog?

    – When students are able to connect and learn in an environment that utilizes available technologies to support participatory learning the students see that learning is not a passive act but rather an experience that is rewarding and fun.

  13. Ann Oro Says:

    I’d be happy to help.

    Who you are: Ann Oro (njtechteacher online)

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I teach computer class to students in the Kindergarten through eighth grade. I have taught middle school math in the past.

    Where you call home: Roselle Park, NJ USA

    Why you’re interested in the project: I like the idea of imagining the results of these types of projects being used by others years after they are created. I do a lot of work that is placed online by my students. Sometimes it is hard to imagine and realize that other people in the world will be interested in our small contribution. I’m happy to provide feedback to other students.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: I know that there are a lot of opportunities to share what we do online. When, as teachers and students, we practice with projects like the “Alice Project” everyone gets a chance to share their best efforts. Students have an opportunity to share their unique perspective online and provide information to others. Also, it helps to have a teacher guide students in the process of sharing work online and point out opportunities to improve their method of presentation.

  14. Neil Winton Says:

    Hi Mr Long!

    I’d be happy to volunteer to be a jury member. I’m really interested to see what your students are doing.

    Cheers
    Neil W

  15. Cary Harrod Says:

    Who you are: Cary Harrod

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I am the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Forest Hills School District.

    Where you call home: Cincinnati, OH

    Why you’re interested in the project: I am intrigued by seeing the ways in which technology can be used to do “new things in new ways.” I am interested in what “snags” kids…what draws them in. I’m interested in what it looks like when the answer to the question, “Who owns the learning?” is “the students”.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Academic experiences that incorporate digital tools greatly enhance the possibilities for students; they open many more doors and provide multiple pathways to learning.

  16. Who you are: I am a blogger, teacher, librarian, and learner.

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I work as a high school librarian in the Philadelphia area.

    Where you call home: Rydal, PA

    Why you’re interested in the project: Your project is at the intersection of many of my own interests. Reading and responding to reading in personal ways, writing for real audience, and pushing our new technology tools in creative ways for learning.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog. It’s an intellectual freedom issue, an equity issue. All kids need to be able to use the tools available to learn to effectively find, analyze, synthesize, and COMMUNICATE information.

  17. Who you are: Laura Deisley

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Director of 21st Century Learning, The Lovett School and Co-Designer 21st Century Learning Cohort (Public/Private Partnership) Center for Teaching, The Westminster Schools

    Where you call home: Atlanta, GA

    Why you’re interested in the project: Building a student-driven community of learners is a daunting task at times. The engagement of your students in this project, and the quality of writing/thoughts shared (all while in context of classic literature), is intriguing.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Writing has never been more important in the construct of one’s identity: what we tweet, text, FB, and blog has more to say about who we are–why? because it is so public, often so transparent. Also, as noted above, writing for an audience, I call it “writing in a social context” is now real-time and really possible. Why should what I the teacher think be the only focus of a student’s writing? What do they think, and how can they flesh that out in the context of an engaged community of learners in a mediated enviroment?

  18. Would love to!

    Who you are: Sarah MacLean

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: By day, I work for an Education Technology company; by night, I write YA novels.

    Where you call home: Brooklyn, NY

    Why you’re interested in the project: Merging technology with one of the greatest novels ever written? Sign me up!

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Because we live in a world that is so much more than one-teacher-one-student or one-project-one-grade. This is closer to what learning should be–one-student-one-world-infinite-possibilities.

  19. Tyler Reed Says:

    Who you are: My name is Tyler Reed.

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I work for Scholastic, the education and publishing company, and am a former education reporter.

    Where you call home: Brooklyn, NY

    Why you’re interested in the project: Because students won’t truly learn until they take a trip down the rabbit hole. 😉

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Because sharing what we learn and create is empowering.

  20. Erica Roberts Says:

    Who you are: Erica Roberts (@iteachcomputers)

    What you do in the field of ‘education’:I am a Computer Technology Teacher for a junior high in suburban Chicago

    Where you call home: Carol Stream, IL

    Why you’re interested in the project: I think it is our responsibility as educators to bring as many engaging educational opportunities to our students as possible. And who knows, I may want to do something like this with my own students!

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: We are preparing our students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. The more we can integrate digital tools into our instruction, the better prepared they will be for those jobs. This project will give students an authentic audience, which I believe will encourage them to do even better than their best work. I am looking forward to participating!

  21. Glenn Kenyon Says:

    I’m currently a middle school math teacher, although other iterations I’ve been 4th/5th grade teacher and kinder/1st grade teacher.

    I am in San Francisco, CA

    I am intrigued by projects that push the limits of technology and global influence.

    I am pretty convinced that whatever our current students decide to do, it will most likely involve technology as a collaborative tool. This is a great example of what can be and will be in short order.

  22. Brian Smith Says:

    Who you are: Brian C. Smith

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I am a learner and teacher, but more specifically an Instructional Technology Specialist

    Where you call home: Webster, New York

    Why you’re interested in the project: It is precisely one of the things I talk about as an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog:
    I believe they should have multiple opportunities to showcase their learning and express their thoughts and ideas and receive constructive responses to that learning and their thoughts and ideas. I particularly like how the Alice Project gives them an instant audience in digital space.

  23. Jon Becker Says:

    Who you are. Jon Becker

    What you do in the field of ‘education’. Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

    Where you call home. Richmond, VA

    Why you’re interested in the project. Because there are a lot of really cool people involved. i go where the cool people go.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog. I believe kids should be able to pursue the learning affordances of networked technologies. Also, I believe there’s really value for kids in learning in the open. It’s scary, but it’s important.

  24. Andy Schmitz Says:

    Who you are: Andy Schmitz

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I’m a college student. Though I’m looking at becoming a high school math teacher.

    Where you call home: All kinds of places. Earth, the Internet. (If the Earth, generally somewhere in Illinois, USA)

    Why you’re interested in the project: It seems like a fairly interesting project, and something that I’d be interested in following, at least partially to see how it works out. Also, Lewis Carroll is an entertaining logician, among other things, so that means there’s the potential for some rather interesting learning and commenting.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: It’s a useful project for distilling what’s being learned, making a presentation to the world at large, communicating in groups, and writing in a project that is similar to real-world things that they may want to do in the future.

  25. Sam Wagner Says:

    Greetings Mr. Long and Students! Sounds like a fantabulous project, I am honored to be considered!

    Who you are: Sam Wagner

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: English teacher, Academic Advisor, Immersion Coordinator, Head of Upper School at The Miami Valley School

    Where you call home: Dayton, Ohio

    Why you’re interested in the project: To learn more from students actively involved with literature, blogging, and technology.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Because we all learn best by “doing” and interacting with others! This sounds like an exciting project, one from which I certainly hope to learn.

    I look forward to learning more and getting involved!

  26. Hi Mr. Long and Students! This is a wonderful idea, and I am glad Mr. Long shared it with me hope I am not chiming it too late…to be considered!

    Who you are: Kristin Hokanson

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Certified elementary teacher and reading specialist currently working as the Instructional Technology Specialist at a 1:1 High School.

    Where you call home: King of Prussia, pA

    Why you’re interested in the project: I love finding rigorous examples of students actively involved with literature, writing for purpose, and using technology in meaningful ways.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: I think this is a wonderful way for kids to see that what they have to say matters. When schools give kids authentic learning experiences it has a great impact on their learning!

  27. G’day Christian,

    When I’ve asked for volunteers to help my students, people all over the world have put their hand up, so I welcome the chance to pay back some of that goodwill.

    So, in brief, I’m Graham Wegner, a primary school teacher here in suburban Adelaide, Australia (also with a leadership title of Teaching & Learning Technologies Coordinator) teaching 12/13 year olds.

    I believe that students need to be empowered with learning opportunities that allow them to take the lead, show initiative and demonstrate their learning to others. This project fits the bill on all of those levels.
    Hope I’m not too late to be included.

  28. Ben Wilkoff Says:

    Who you are: Ben Wilkoff

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I am the Online Learning and Technology Resource Specialist for the Douglas County School District. I teach and learn, a lot.

    Where you call home: Denver, Co

    Why you’re interested in the project: Ever since I bought an vintage illustrated copy of Alice in Wonderland for my daughter before she was born, I have been fascinated with the characters and the idea of somehow being involved with talking through someone else about it (my daughter is still only three and she isn’t that interested in the literary analysis). I want to know more about the motivation behind writing this story and the motivation of each character.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: I believe that all students deserve an opportunity to learn authentically (with a real purpose and a real audience for their words). This project is all about giving students that opportunity. I want to be a part of it if at all possible.

  29. Mrs. Durff Says:

    Who you are=Just another learner named Durff

    What you do in the field of ‘education’= I hang around at Broadfording Christian Academy with the library, 7th grade, elementary computer specials, primary podcaster; hang around with some learners of globalclassroom.us ; hang around with cohosts of it’s elementary = summation? I like to hang around and drink Starbucks.

    Where you call home=Southcentral PA

    Why you’re interested in the project = very interested with global collaborations

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog = why? well why not? To borrow a phrase, we prepare them for their futures, not our futures.

  30. Who you are: Scott Schwister

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Program administrator at Hamline University’s School of Education—we do professional development for teachers, which pretty much means learning from them. Recovering English/LA teacher. Seeker of meaning through metaphors. That’s what happens when you read a lot as a kid.

    Where you call home: Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Why you’re interested in the project: As Joyce V said above, this project (conveniently enough) is at the intersection of many wonky personal teaching/learning interests: literature, writing as a powerful driver of student thought, and rabbit holes in general. I’m also interested in the jury-side aspect—how the *public assessment* informs students and their learning, how/what the jury learns from the experience, and how it all might inform other situations that aren’t traditionally assessed, or assessed effectively by traditional methods. I wonder if we might learn something here toward developing a rigorous, transparent way to assess teachers’ informal networked learning via their PLNs.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Given? Co-create, maybe? Writing for a real audience prepares kids to really write for real audiences. Publishing matters, of course, but it goes deeper than that simple one-way push. It goes beyond the tranformative relationships that can develop when writers engage with real readers, and even beyond the magical scrum of learning that materializes when readers and writers switch seats, comment on one another’s ideas, pose questions, and mix it up. At the heart of it? Responsibility for contributing, collaborating, sharing, creating. As Alec said…caring.

  31. Who you are/ Sylvia Martinez

    What you do in the field of ‘education’/ I work with schools all over the country on issues of student voice & empowerment with digital technology.

    Where you call home/ Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Why you’re interested in the project/ Sounds fun.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog/ All students need to be taken seriously and have chances to express themselves. Digital media and the internet give new ways to reach beyond classroom walls and reach new audiences.

  32. Oops! I kept seeing this tweeted and kept thinking I should sign up. Hopefully, I have not waited a bit too long.
    Who you are: Linda Nitsche

    What you do in the field of ‘education’= elementary gifted support teacher

    Where you call home=Chester Springs, PA

    Why you’re interested in the project = I am very interested in global collaborations, and I have been following along as your project develops. I am intrigued to see how the students embrace the project and respond to the possibilities before them. I am also interested in seeing how the juried part of the project impacts their products and learning. As a team leader in the Powerful Learning Practice Tristate cohort, i also this this would be a grand opportunity to share the power of networks and communities to work together and add value to each others’ learning and student learning.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog = How doth thou count the ways? Choice, empowerment, collaboration, project based learning, student planning and organization, learning how to learn, their future.

  33. Greetings,

    Who you are: Kari Augustine

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Currently developing a new MS course called Writing through Technology. Previous experience as a curriculum specialist and classroom teacher, a “retread” teacher graduate of the Teach for Diversity Program. I’ve created projects for students with digital connections, for instance a Mayflower recreation where students each drew and name and researched their persona and perspective before writing in the first person on a (much shortened) voyage.

    Where you call home: I live in an old hotel building (1873) in Marshall, Wisconsin near Madison and teach in Columbus.

    Why you’re interested in the project: I’m an avid reader, and was just thinking about doing something like this for myself as I finish Steig Larsson’s third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The book is translated and set in Sweden, a country about which I know little. I was thinking about what fun it would be to create a site so see and hear what the characters were seeing and hearing. I’ve always loved bringing all subjects together to energize and enhance a reading experience.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Well, Alice said it best … something like “I knew who I was when I woke up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then.” Creating something … putting the pieces together … sharing and collaborating with others, this is the world our children and students will be part of. It’s a wonderful opportunity.

  34. Bob Sprankle Says:

    I’d love to help out, Chris!

    Who you are: Bob Sprankle

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Tech Integrator K-4

    Where you call home: Wells, Maine USA

    Why you’re interested in the project: agree with your purpose… finding authentic audience outside of the school. Excited to see how this process of jurying goes; perhaps “copy” idea!

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Real world stuff here. I’m sure the students are very engaged and invested in project due to the world-wide audience.

    Looking forward to learning what I do next.

    Cheers!

    Bob

  35. Who you are: Michael Walker

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: I work with teachers in my district on integrating technology in their curriculum.

    Where you call home: Minneapolis, MN

    Why you’re interested in the project: I started following Mr. Long about a week ago on Twitter, heard a bit about it from him, and then saw that there was a Webinar around it tomorrow. After looking at the site, and what has been completed thus far, I am convinced that learning opportunities like this are exactly what students should be doing! By participating in a small way, I will see the process and help staff here create something similar.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: It involves “higher level” thinking, allows for creativity and collaboration, and is written for an authentic audience. I would be honored to be a part of it!

  36. Late to this party, but…

    Who you are: Will Richardson

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Speaker, author, educator

    Where you call home: Flemington, NJ USA or wherever there’s a connection

    Why you’re interested in the project: Real work for real audiences for real purposes.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: A chance to practice the “literacies” that go with network creation online.

  37. I’m down if you’ll have me 🙂

    Who you are: Michael Wacker

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Online learning Specialist For Jeffco Public Schools

    Where you call home: Highlands Ranch Colorado (Denver-ish)

    Why you’re interested in the project: Fascinated with celebrating and supporting students school work in the same fashion we celebrate athletic and artistic endeavors. It’s not always clean and tidy, but growth comes in all shapes and sizes.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Authentic learning allows us to peel layers away that students build up, walls they create sheltering their work and inhibiting some semblance of creativity. Ask a student to write for the teacher, that’s one genre, ask them to write for a class that’s another, allow them to create for the wold and you’ve given an audience that can both scare and inspire a student. It fascinates me!

  38. I’m in too if you’ll have me.

    Who you are: Darren Kuropatwa

    What you do in the field of ‘education’: Former Dept Head Mathematics, now working for Provincial Govt as Sr. Years ICT and Business Education Consultant

    Where you call home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Why you’re interested in the project: I was drawn in to reading through some of the class’ blog posts via links shared on twitter and I was quite impressed with the quality of students’ writing.

    Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Because real learning spills over beyond classroom walls and this project is a concrete example of that.


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