The "Alice Project"

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

Jurors December 8, 2009

Meet our international jury:

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Michelle Baldwin:

I would love to be a part of this jury!

What do you do / where do you live: 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!

Why does this project interest you: This project intrigues me because it is exactly the type of project I would choose for myself as a learner.

Why should students do projects like this: 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!

Blog/website: Avenue4Learning

Twitter Profile: @michellek107

Dean Shareski:

Count me in.

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.

Blog/Website: Ideas and Thoughts

Twitter Profile: @shareski

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.

Blog/Website: Apace of Change

Twitter Profile: @damian613

Drew Buddie:

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.

Blog/Website: Digital Maverick

Twitter Profile: @digitalmaverick

Matt Langdon:

What do you do: I teach kids to be heroes.

Where are you: Brighton, Michigan (but really I call Australia home).

Why are you interested: I’m interested in these kids because I’ve spoken to many of them.

Why should kids do this sort of thing: 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.

Blog/Website: The Hero Construction Company

Twitter Profile: @theherocc

Elizabeth Helfant:

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 hyper-linked way and to support with images and citations.

Blog/Website: Digital Learning Environment posts (sponsored by HP/Intel)

Twitter Profile: @ehelfant

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.

Blog/Website: Open Thinking

Twitter Profile: @courosa

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…

Blog/Website: elearn space

Twitter Profile: @gsiemens

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.

Blog/Website: Laughter+Curiosity=Learning

Twitter Profile: @atkauffman

Carolyn Foote:

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!

Blog/Website: Not So Distant Future

Twitter Profile: @technolibrary

Tim Lauer:

Would be glad to help…

What do you do in education: I am the Principal of Lewis Elementary School.

Where do you live: Portland, Oregon.

Why are you interested: I am interested in this project because it is an exercise that helps students develop and engage with an audience.

Why a project like this: 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…

Blog/Website: TimLauer.org

Twitter Profile: @timlauer

David Bill:

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.

Blog/Website: DavidBill.org

Twitter Profile: @dcinc66

Ann Oro:

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.

Blog/Website: NJ Tech Teacher

Twitter Profile: @njtechteacher

Neil Winton:

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 (from Perth, Scotland )

What you do in the field of ‘education’: I am Head of English at Perth Academy, Perth, Scotland (as opposed to the hot Perth in Australia).

Where you call home: Scone, Scotland.

Why you’re interested in the project: I love the chance to let students be more creative in their learning. We are moving away from a culture that values assessment over learning to one that (hopefully) values learning and the ability to learn over ‘raw statistics’. I see this project as a part of that process. And let’s be honest! I’m hoping to find ideas that I can take and adapt for my own school… I would also like to share my own knowledge and experiences if they might help others!

Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: The trite answer is ‘Why shouldn’t they’… The simple truth is that the world outside ‘schools’ has moved on immeasurably. We owe it to all learners to make sure they can operate effectively in the world they will encounter after they leave ‘school’ (In times gone past, I would have said ‘education’ instead of ‘school’!). This project will (I hope) be a valuable part of the re-imagining of education that we have to attempt if we are to remain relevant…

Blog/Website: Mr. W’s Blogging Great Thing

Twitter Profile: @nwinton

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.

Blog/Website: Classroom 2.0 (Ning) profile

Twitter Profile: @charrod

Joyce Valenza:

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.

Blog/Website: Springfield Township Virtual Library

Twitter Profile: @joycevalenza

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 environment?

Blog/Website: Architecture of Ideas

Twitter Profile: @Deacs84

Sarah MacLean:

I would love to!

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.

Blog/Website: MacLean Space

Twitter Profile: @sarahmaclean

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.

Blog/Website:  The “On Our Minds” Scholastic blog

Twitter Profile: @tylerbreed

Erica Roberts:

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!

Blog/Website: teaching/professional site

Twitter Profile: @iteachcomputers

Glenn Kenyon:

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

Where is home: I am in San Francisco, CA.

Why do you want to be involved: I am intrigued by projects that push the limits of technology and global influence.

Why should students do projects like this: 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.

Blog/Website: Off the Hypotenuse

Twitter Profile: @pepepacha

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.

Blog/Website: Impetus for Learning

Twitter Profile: @briancsmith

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 real value for kids in learning in the open. It’s scary, but it’s important.

Blog/Website:  Educational Insanity

Twitter Profile: @jonbecker

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.

Blog/Website: personal site/portfolio

Twitter Profile: @aschmitz

Sam Wagner:

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

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!

Blog/Website: personal/professional site

Twitter Profile: @swagnerv

Kristin Hokanson:

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!

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!

Blog/Website:  The Connected Classroom

Twitter Profile: @khokanson

Graham Wegner:

G’day Christian.

Why do you want to be involved: 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.

Who & where are you: 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.

Why should kids do this sort of thing: 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.

Blog/Website: Open Educator

Twitter Profile: @grahamwegner

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.

Blog/Website:  Speed Geek Learning

Twitter Profile: @bhwilkoff

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.

Blog/Website: Higher Edison

Twitter Profile: @sschwister

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.

Blog/Website: Generation Yes blog

Twitter Profile: @smartinez

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.

Blog/Website: Learning HUB

Twitter Profile: @lnitsche

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 a 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 to 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.

Blog/Website: personal/professional site

Twitter Profile: @vertoerudio

Bob Sprankle:

I’d love to help out, Chris!

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

Blog/Website: BobSprankle.com

Twitter Profile: @bobsprankle

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!

Blog/Website: Edina Technology Integration group blog

Twitter Profile: @micwalker

Mrs. Durff:

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: I am 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.

Blog/Website: Durff’s Blog

Twitter Profile: @durff

David Jakes:

What you do in the field of ‘education’: Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Information Services, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL

Where you call home: Naperville, IL USA.

Why you’re interested in the project: Classrooms need to change from classrooms to learning spaces where students aren’t limited by brick and mortar boundaries.

Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Simply stated, to remain a relevant contributor to the growth process of young adults.

Blog/Website: Jakes Online

Twitter Profile: @djakes

Michael Wacker:

I’m down if you’ll have me :)

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 world and you’ve given an audience that can both scare and inspire a student. It fascinates me!

Blog/website: Reflections from a K-12 World

Twitter profile: @mwacker

Darren Kuropatwa

I’m in too if you’ll have me.

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.

Blog/Website: A Difference

Twitter Profile: @dkuropatwa

Alice Barr

What you do in the field of ‘education’: Instructional Technology for grades 9 – 12.

Where you call home: Kennebunkport, Maine.

Why are you interested in the project? This project looks like a really interesting model. I am looking for some new ideas for the teachers I work with.

Why you believe kids should be given digital/academic opportunities like the “Alice Project” blog: Writing for authentic audience is a skill I wish all students could experience. It’s a skill that they will use forever.

Blog/website: The View from My Window

Twitter profile: @alicebarr

Gary Stager

Blog/Website: professional site

Twitter Profile: @garystager

Jason Kern

Blog/Website:  Ed Tech Emu

Twitter Profile: @jasonmkern

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