Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting to Know You

Welcome to our blog. We're excited to be able to bring you a look at our school year in North Pole, Alaska.

A little history--in May 2011, we created a video called One Transformed Classroom. This video documented Larry Mitchell's fifth grade class's remarkable experiences with using iPads for cooperative learning during the 2010-2011 school year. In that video, we got to know some of the students at the end of a year of active engagement with iPads and innovative teaching. It was quite an experience.

We were so encouraged by the response to One Transformed Classroom that we decided to document Larry's incoming class of fifth graders for the 2011-2012 school year. Most of this documentation will be done by the students themselves. They'll be creating podcasts and videos, posting some of their work, and hopefully interacting with folks all over the world on topics that should be of interest to everyone interested in transformed education.

This post is being written on the third day of the 2011-12 school year. Earlier today, I had the privilege of spending an afternoon filming a few lessons, including an impromptu field trip to document local flora and a math lesson conducted on the playground. Results of those activities will be posted soon here in the Our Alaska Stories blog.

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