Hello MC Poppers! By far the best idea I have taken from MCPOP is the connection I have made with Jeff Stanzler
with University of Michigan Interactive Communications & Simulations...
. I first heard about it in one of Ryan's 'week in review' posts that linked me here
to a nice description of what was happening with ICS- They were starting a simulation using journals of two Americans teaching in China... my students were studying China in world History... what a match!
The ICS conducts simulations with schools around the US & world- the simulation works by having mentors from U of M- The mentors are Masters students who are all future teachers.
I jumped in with both feet and hoped for the best... Teh ICS folks are very flexible and friendly. We spent every Friday in the computer lab for almost ten weeks (plus some time on mon/tue when lab time was available) I could not have been happier with the results! My students were stoked to get on the computers and check out the responses they got from mentors and others- I was loving the fact that all 95 of my students were getting serviced on a one on one basis (from an adult) while I orchestrated it and clarified things for those who needed it.
FYI- Jeff Stanzler
(who runs it) and the mentors were awesome! They took extra time to handle all questions and issues that came up and are still helping with my current project...
Currently, I am launching into another ICS project- my top academic students are participating in Place Out of Time simulation where they take on the role of a historical (or literary) character and interact with each other while discussing current political issues and each other. I can't wait to find out how it works- it is a great way to push my students to think more- especially the ones who crave it.
So, check out Ryan's old post
or go straight to the ICS website
- there is a lot more for us all to check out and make our curriculum pop. Enjoy!