Thank you to the teacher, Natasja Hoegee, for taking time to submit this post. I think it is amazing at how much learning is taking place as classes connect to discuss birds. It just goes to show that the actual content is simply a platform to further prepare our students for the real world. I love this post and am so thrilled to have these students and teachers be part of this project. ~Aaron Maurer
A project that a few Bettendorf teachers and former students created over the summer is underway. As of right now I am running and operating the global project. We are now up to 5 schools participating which is pretty good for the first year of doing this project. We will be using the Alcoa Bald Eagle Camera to drive learning and enhancements of 21st century skills.
You can see the project page here – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/home
Right now students and teachers are in the handshake phase getting to know one another through the use of Edmodo. We are having a great time learning how to use this site and to establish some relationships. Already we have been able to see the eagles the last few days. It is very cool. The wiki project page has a lot to offer so be sure to check out all the pages. The school from the Netherlands has created a book in both English and Dutch on the artwork page.
You may not be a participant in one of the classes, but that does not mean you cannot join in the fun. You are always welcome to follow along, create artwork or projects, and join us on this expedition.
It is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing how things develop. Teachers and students are all learning at the same time and shouldn’t school be about everyone learning and growing? I think so.
If you have questions, suggestions, or any great ideas please let me know. Until then, check the camera, watch the eagles, and watch our learning grow along the way.