Wonderful Project HP & Brian C Smith Support Teacher Innovation

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mst-portal

pond partner project

This is a wonderful example of what children can be motivated to produce with guidance from motivated teachers! This is by far the best example I have see thus far of teacher,

student and technology integration/collaboration at the elementary level. I am very encouraged by Brian’s work on this project and plan to get more details from him, show parts of the recorded video to my staff and hopefully inspire this kind of innovation at my own school.

ELA integration into science curric

Brian’s project also has a wiki: http://pondpartners.wikispaces.com/

This incredible collaboration shows teachers how they can develop a strong interest in science investigation among students, compassion for the environment, the use tech tools such as probes to collect data, ELA skills of documentation, the excitement of project based learning and collaboration across grade levels.

inquiry based learning

This is possible. This is what we should be striving for. Please, can we move beyond dioramas and posters. Think big! Use Multi-media and empower students to educate the world!

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3 Responses to “Wonderful Project HP & Brian C Smith Support Teacher Innovation”

  1. BrianC Smith Says:

    Thanks for your post, but I cannot take credit for this project. This was done by my wife, Wendy, and her fellow group of teachers that received a grant from Hewlett-Packard.

    I simply helped with some of the technology, all the credit goes to the students, Wendy and the other teachers involved.

    Thanks for your post.

  2. ripplingpond Says:

    Brian,sounds like team work to me. Wendy is a shining example for the rest of us. Does she have a blog? I can’t wait to see what she does next.

  3. BrianC Smith Says:

    Kathy, yes, she writes at http://www.mstportal.com

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