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Apr 11

Grand Project Plans

A week ago, I purchased a webcam for our school, housed with me in the library, since I’m most likely the only one who knows how to use and will use it. After testing it out via Skype with Teryl_Magee and her students in Knoxville, Tennessee, I started thinking big.

In about 3 weeks, our fourth graders will begin a unit on the United States. For their big project, they will pick a state and research it. Last year, the 2 fourth grade teachers and I collaborated on this project. This year, I’d like to take it a step further and I need as much help as I can get. As one form of research, I’d like our students to interview a student or teacher from each state. In other words, the student who is researching New Mexico would actually “talk” to someone who lives there to get a prospective they couldn’t get in a book. I would love this interview to be done through video conferencing. Our students have never done that before and I think it would be great. Now, I realize that finding people in all 50 states for a video chat will be difficult, but I would settle for at least an email interview. I have 3 or 4 states covered already, but am looking for contacts all over the place. I would even think that touching base with someone outside of a school system would be fine – perhaps a grandparent or business person, someone like that. While having the students interview another student would be great, interviewing an adult would work as well. I’m really hoping my Twitter network, which has over 100 followers representing at least 25 states can be a great resource for this. They should be able to help, right? Some of my fellow blog readers should be able to help, right?

I certainly cannot find all of these contacts myself. That’s why I need your help – assist me spreading the word about this project. Are interested? Do you know someone who would be? If so, please leave me a comment with your info or send me an email. I think this could be really cool and more importantly, a great learning opportunity for everyone involved!

Here’s my post on this project from Classroom 2.0 if you’re a member.

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camellaherrin
camellaherrin

I will gladly volunteer a class of North Carolina fourth graders for you! Skype name: camellaherrinWe are a Mac platform school with Smart Boards and they would love to Skype.

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dateacher
dateacher

I am doing the same kind of project with my classes. I teach technology to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Trussville, Alabama which is a suburb of Birmingham. We are in the process of getting SKYPE loaded on our school computers, but my email address is kristina.stacks@trussvillecityschools.com. We would love to SKYPE/email any of you bloggers!

ahood
ahood

If you are still doing this project and need someone from NC or if you do it next year and are keeping contacts, I would love to offer up some K-5 students for this. Email me at ahood@lenoir.k12.nc.us. We have Skyped with other classes and "guest speakers" and done collaborative wikis about our community with penpal classes.

IMC Guy
IMC Guy

@vicki green - Send me an email, chadlehman@gmail.com with your contact information. Glad to have you on board!

Vicki Green
Vicki Green

Vicki in Delaware - the first state would love to join the project! I'm a instructional tech coach - and have access to all the 4th Grades in the Red Clay School District. We have access to a camera too! What a great project!

Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis

This is a great idea! So good I wish I had thought of it, and will probably steal it in the future.We are in Colorado, don't know if you have any one from here yet. We are fourth graders at room24.blogspot.com and studied Colorado history this year.I am on skype (jeff.lewis08). We are experimenting with video conferencing using the webcam as well. We are conferencing on leadership this Friday using WiziQ! email me direct at eurolewis@gmail.comGood Luck!

Anna
Anna

@digimom here. I can get you any classification you want - teacher, admin, grandparent, community worker, soldier, student - from Texas.

John
John

I am in Battle Creek, MI and have been trying to find contacts for a similar project. I would love to be involved. I see K-5th grade students each day. Skype name: jphillipsbc

Sue
Sue

I would love to try something like this with our 4th graders. We're from suburban Chicago. I do not yet have a skype account, but can work that out. My email is suz7416@gmail.com.

margm
margm

Hi, not sure if you would be interested in chatting to students in australia or not, but I am an Australian teacher with a year 6 class. If you are interested in organising some sort of link up, let me know. My skype name is treefrogs.

Glizzo
Glizzo

I teach 3rd grade in Bellingham, WA. My class just finished a 6-week unit where they chose a United State to study and complete a report and presentation project. This would be an excellent culminating activity for us. Please count us in!My skype name is: glizzo88

MrsKay
MrsKay

Hello from Phoenix, Arizona! My first graders are getting ready to research the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. We would love to answer any questions you may have about the desert, our city or our state. You can e-mail us at kay.sutterfield@ls.dvusd.org

Rachel
Rachel

I am interested in participating with a fifth grade class from MI. I don't know if I have access to Skype at school, but we do have e-mail. I am currently on vacation at my daughter's house so the account name says Rachel. My school e-mail is: vonckbethany@wrcs.k12.mi.us This sounds like an exciting project!Beth

RoJene
RoJene

Second grade class in Kansas would love to join your project. rwillard@usd345.com

IMC Guy
IMC Guy

Thanks for all of your interest! This is truly amazing.If you didn't leave me your contact info, please do so. I'll be contacting you shortly.

Mrs. Warren
Mrs. Warren

This is a great opportunity to use & learn Skype. In CA near the Rose Bowl and can get 5th graders who just finished trip-fold ads for "their" states.

Mr. Sigler
Mr. Sigler

I teach 3rd grade on the opposite end of the MO from St. Louis. We are about a mile from the KS state line and about 5 miles from OK. Skype name jsigler1

mrichme
mrichme

I'll be glad to add my hat in the ring for the state of Maine. My fourth graders would be excited. Skype name: mrichme

Jennifer
Jennifer

Smiles, this is getting exciting!!!Jen

Wren
Wren

Do you have anyone participating from Hawaii? If not, count me in. I teach 4th grade and have the best class! This should be great!!!Questions: What is Skype name? How do we get contacted? I've never done this before so please guide me!!!Thank you..Wren Lum Lee

Denise
Denise

I have several classes of 4th graders who also need to do research on states. We are in the area of Lancaster County, PA and can answer questions. Need to get my district Skypable.Twitter - laprofesoradenise at splitfocus.org

Rebecca
Rebecca

I am a Special Education teacher in North Carolina. I teach Middle School students with severe disabilities.rebecca_little@alexander.k12.nc.us

smadlinger
smadlinger

I am a teacher of teachers in the St. Louis, MO area. I provide staff development in the area of technology to K-12 educators. This is a really neat project! I also have a 4th grade daughter. We could Skype with you if needed. smadlinger@gmail.comSkype smadlingerTwitter cyberteacher

Janetta
Janetta

I'll share this with our 4th grade teachers. Hopefully one of them will be interested in helping you with Missouri.Janetta Gartonjgarton.edublogs.orgjgarton@willard.k12.mo.us

MrMartinsClass
MrMartinsClass

I can get you a Texas classroom, probably 4th grade or fifth grade. I'll help them set it up and would make it as easy as possible. hmartin at austinisd dot org

georgygrrl
georgygrrl

New Hampshire signing in! I'd love to help out. Skype name is lindargeorge; aim is georgygrrl. Email me if you're interested: lindargeorge @ gmail.com

robin.ellis
robin.ellis

Chad I have 4th graders in PA who would be very interested in participating in this project.Robin

pvanmater
pvanmater

We have a 4th grade class from St. Louis, Missouri that has completed a state study, so this would be a great followup. They've been a view only for an author videoconference and would love to be an active participant in another videoconference.skype: pvanmateremail: pvanmater@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Damian
Damian

Happy to get involved. I grew up in and currently teach in NJ, but I now live in PA. Between me and my students, you could kill two birds with one stone.Email is damian at bariexca dot net; skype name is damianbariexca. Also, @garageflowers on Twitter.

cindybrock
cindybrock

I am lower school technology coach for 1st-3rd grades at an all boy school in Memphis, Tennessee. We would love to help or if you want 4th-6th, I can talk to our tech coach for those grades.Skype name is itscindybemail is cbrock@pdsmemphis.org

Erik
Erik

I am a fourth grade teacher in PA and love using Skpe. Our class skype name is ewitt43. I am planning on a similar project if I can fit it in this year.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Put me down for your California location -- I will ask a 4th or 5th grade class at my school if they would like to join up. Just let me know a date and time and we would be glad to help out!!jenuinetech (at) gmail (dot) com

Kristin Hokanson
Kristin Hokanson

I am a former 3rd grade teacher turned HS tech mentor. Am in PA. Would be happy to be interviewed as a teacher, offer up my own kids 8,6 to be interviewed OR I have a HS class that would be willing as wellcontact kristin dot hokanson @gmail.com

Mr. Kimmi
Mr. Kimmi

I would love to do this and I just need to get my district going with Skype. I am in the heart of Kansas. Skype name mrkimmi.

shegstrom
shegstrom

I would be happy to assist. Middle school computer technology teacher from NH

Mthtchr2
Mthtchr2

Count me in..I have 5th and 6th graders and we just recieved out webcam as well!! Would love to collaborate!RobinTwitter name: Mthtchr2

Linda Ann
Linda Ann

I am a Frist Grade Dual Language Teacher. I have several gifted students that I am constantly tying to challenge and I think they would really enjoy participating in this, if you think it could work.Linda Ann MarreroLake Marion Creek ElementaryPoinciana, Florida

Tony Vincent
Tony Vincent

I run a project called Our City Podcast. Students from around the world are encouraged to submit an episode about their cities. So far we have over 22 states represented and 40 episodes. Each podcast has a details webpage where there is contact information for that teacher. I think your fourth graders would enjoy listening and should find willing contacts on the site: http://ourcitypodcast.comAlso, I am currently working with fourth graders in the U.S. Virgin Islands. My students would love to Skype (but I'm guessing your students are focusing only on U.S. states and not including territories.)

featheredflowers
featheredflowers

I have a 4th grade class interested in helping out with your project. They will be beginning state research soon too. It would be wonderful if we can also have individuals share info together if they are studying same states. iChat, skype, email, whatever. These 4th graders will be making information brochures for each state some of which the research has already begun.Laurie KorteNorthbrook, ILTech Integration Spec.twitter - featheredflowerskype - featheredflowersemail - lauriekorte@mac.com

Jenny
Jenny

I've been wanting to get going with Skype. This could be a good motivator for me. I'm in VA and teach 5th grade.You can email me at gingerorr at yahoo dot com.

Laura Deisley
Laura Deisley

I am in Atlanta, GA and we have Skype. Happy to do the interview. Let me know in advance, I will get a fourth grade classroom to do it with us.I"m Deacs84 on Twitter, laurawd on Skype.