Dawn Pulverenti’s fourth grade class participated in a four-way videoconference called “Around NYS in 60 Minutes,” which connected classrooms from four separate regions of New York State.
Each classroom provided a short presentation on their geographic location to the other classrooms watching, without ever saying their region’s name.
Pulverenti’s class presented their region in a ‘news cast’ style as you would see on a television news channel.
Each student took their turn providing clues relating to history, economics, current events and sports.
The other classes would attempt to guess the region based on their own inferences from the clues provided in the presentation.
“Around NYS in 60 Minutes” is part of a videoconferencing opportunity provided by the NYS Distance Learning Collaboration. Granby Elementary students were allowed to participate in this collaboration through the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
CiTi distance learning coordinator Laurie Ouderkirk (also the chair of the NYSDLC committee) was instrumental in making this program a reality, creating a brochure of the videoconferencing opportunities available through NYSDLC and sending that literature to school districts for consideration.
“We had a total of 32 fourth grade classrooms across New York State that participated,” said Ouderkirk. “It was such a success that the teachers are asking us to offer it again in the spring.”
CiTi library media specialist Elaine Flood maintained the video equipment provided by CiTi that was used during the videoconference.
“My role is to set up the equipment, to ensure that everything is connected and running smoothly and to operate the camera,” said Flood. “The Fulton teachers were really passionate about making this happen for their students.”