Video conference presentation through the International Studies In Schools (ISIS) at Indiana University
Paula Doughty's Sociology Class
On January 13th, 2010 my sociology class was fortunate to attend a video conference with a young man who grew up in Sierra Leone and is now attending college in the United States. This opportunity perfectly fit into a culture unit we were working on and our year focus on social globalization issues. This interview was shared and taught in conjunction with a junior English class who were reading a historical novel about Sierra Leone. Offering this video conference in “real time” to our students was an exciting and valuable experience. The discussion with the young man in the conference personalized the information and allowed the students to fully realize the information and concepts of our studies, and we all learned new information and formed new perceptions that can’t be obtained in written print.
I highly recommend these video conferences as an exceptional opportunity for the students and teachers in S.A.D. 54. They are a very enriching educational experience.
Paula C. Doughty
Kathleen Lynch's English Class
Skowhegan Area High School students from Paula Doughty’s sociology class and Kathleen Lynch’s English class were fortunate to participate in a video conference presentation through the International Studies In Schools (ISIS) at Indiana University.
Lynch’s class, who is currently reading
'A Long Way Gone' by Ishmael Beah, wanted to have a conversation with someone who has been to Sierra Leone and/or someone who could share experiences they have had with this culture. Dorothy Small was able to find and arrange for Magortu Emmanuel, a native of Sierra Leone, to meet with the students and discuss his experience, life, and culture. The presentation took place on January 18th 2010 in the Media Center at the high school. The classes really enjoyed this presentation and many have joined Magortu on his Facebook page and have become interested in reaching out to the people of Sierra Leone.
MSAD#54 Awarded $486,410 by USDA Rural Development
On October 7, 2007 the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded MSAD #54 a Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant in the amount of $486,410. The focus of this grant will be to enhance Distance Learning resources and opportunities for district schools and the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. MSAD #54 will build a video conferencing infrastructure that will allow virtual field trips, real time video conferences and direct instruction with other schools in the district, other Maine schools and institutions here in the United States and around the world. In the Fall of 2008 video conferencing equipment and infrastructure was installed in all district schools.
This is an exciting opportunity that will provide MSAD #54 students and staff with 21st. century tools to enhance instruction and broaden the educational experience. Advanced telecommunications services play a vital role in the economic development, education and health care of rural Americans.
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