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    Sumner Middle School 8th Graders connected via Skype with the 955th Engineer Detachment Survey and Design Team in Kuwait. The class talked with Staff Sargent Dawson Primes and his fellow team members. They discussed with the students their mission, life as a member of the Army Reserves, as well as the many political and cultural differences they have encountered while being deployed to Kuwait.
     
     
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    Students in Mrs. Christy Ard’s 4th grade accelerated class at Independence Elementary experienced new technology with a virtual Teacher. Andy Campbell, from Tiffin, OH, presented an interactive video conference lesson on the subject of matter. The students have been learning about the properties of matter within their classroom.  This video conference allowed the students to participate in several experiments and answer questions posed by Mr. Campbell through the video conference equipment. The students were able to experience physical and chemical changes through experiments performed by student volunteers. The students were eager to learn more about the chemical and physical changes of matter.
    Photos: Eliska Trobona and Abbigale Daigle push their hands together along with Mr. Andy Campbell to show compression. Student, Samantha Tello, prepares an experiment by following Mr. Cambell’s directions. Brent Miller, Paola Diaz, Eliska Trobona, Jeevan Samra, Teacher Christy Ard, and Casey Zanders prepare their experiment while taking directions from the virtual teacher Mr. Andy Campbell.
     
     
     
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    Holocaust Video Conference
     
    The 6th grade students at Champ Cooper have been studying the Holocaust in their Social Studies and Reading class. On April 25, 2013 all of the 6th grade students participated in a Video Conference, "Children of the Holocaust." Students connected with the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Long Island, New York where they heard the experiences of Mrs. Lily Perry a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Perry, a former teacher, commended all the 6th grade students for their knowledge of the Holocaust and their outstanding behavior during the conference.
     
     
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    Click here to see some great examples of Video Conferences at Independence Elementary.
     
     
     
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    Averil Turner's 8th Grade Science classes at Westside Middle School participated in
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    'Twas the Night Before Christmas Video Conferencing Collaboration Project at Loranger Middle School.
     
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     Mr. David Hyman's students at Independence Middle Magnet School participated in a video conference with the Discovery Center in Springfield, Missouri.  The students did a great science experiment making "goop" which demonstrated Chemical Reactions.  Communication Specialist, Lindsey Bertaut, and students created this video explaining all about the Video Conference and the learning that took place. 
     
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    Several students from Elizabeth Pourciau's Technology class at Hammond Junior High School recently participated in a service learning project. The eighth graders scanned a children's book of their choice and created a PowerPoint from the story. After the book was finished, they read to younger students at Amite Elementary and Hammond Westside Primary via the video conferencing equipment in the schools. Hammond Junior High teachers teamed up with TangiFIRST teachers, Jennifer Higgins and Nikki Messina at Amite Elementary and Ashleigh Stagg at Hammond Westside Primary School. Curriculum Coaches, Gretchen Michel, India Binner, and Vickie Welch, assisted with the scheduling and facilitated this event. Hammond Junior High student Timara Anderson is pictured above displaying her PowerPoint and reading for The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most.

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    D. C. Reeves fourth graders from Kimberly Montgomery"s and Megan Bankston's classes met face to face with students from Cape Coast, Ghana in Africa using their video conference equipment. The students were able to interact with each other by asking questions about their school day, hobbies, and culture. Students in both regions were able to compare and contrast curriculums and everyday school life. Students and musicians from Ghana entertained our students with songs and dances that were related to the African culture.  This was an International Collaborative VC project by Kathy Prine, Instructional Technology Facilitator.
     

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     The award winning and published Jerusalem archaeologist Yonatan Adler brought the Dead Sea Scrolls to life for the 6th grade students at Champ Cooper Elementary as he presented this international learning opportunity. Bridgette Wastons’ 6th grade students at Champ Cooper Elementary connected with Distance Learning Solutions in Jerusalem, Israel to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Students were able to see what ancient scrolls looked like and learned about what is considered the most important manuscript discover in the 20th century. This distance learning lesson was arranged to enhance the 6th grade Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum. Students at Champ Cooper are on unit 5 of the comprehensive curriculum which covers the “Spread of Culture and Religion” in the ancient world.
     

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     Lynn Powell's 7th grade Science classes at Loranger Middle School recently had a video conference reviewing human body systems with Dr. Jeff Day from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. During the conference students got to see a real human heart, lung tissue and brain and also learned how to read a CAT scan.
     

     
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    Pam Sullivan's fourth graders at D.C. Reeves Elementary participate in some hands-on activities with "Simply Marvelous Machines" video conference with Discovery Center in Springfield, Missouri.

     

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     The 4th grade classes of Miesha Williams and Kimberly Clements at Loranger Elementary and Charlotte Rayborn at Chesbrough Elementary connected via Video Conference to read The Plump and Perky Turkey and discuss adjectives. Pete the turkey did not want to get eaten at Thanksgiving so he camouflaged himself so that no one would be able to find him. The 4th grade classes have been discussing camouflage and working on descriptive writing. To develop both of these skills, students camouflaged their own turkey and wrote a descriptive paragraph using many adjectives. Students shared their turkeys and read the paragraphs during the video conference collaboration. the VC Collaboration Project was created and facilitated by Instructional Technology Facilitators Dina Spears and Kathy Prine. The students did such a great job of camouflaging their turkeys that we may not be able to find any for
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     Charlotte Kelly’s 2nd grade class at Tucker visited the Emergency Room through a video conference from Cook Children’s Medical Center.  The students were sent robes, hair nets, masks, gloves, and arm bands so they could really feel like they were in the ER.  The students followed the stories of three children who visited the ER.  They were able to see what happens as the children arrived by car, ambulance, and helicopter.  Students were able to experience procedures such as x-rays, and receiving stitches and ask questions about visits to the Emergency Room.
     

     
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    Kathy Prine, Instructional Technology Facilitator and Dorothy Sledge Curriculum Coach planned and implemented a Video Conference Collaboration project with Sharon Walker’s 2nd Grade Class at Roseland Elementary School – and Nancy Albright’s 2nd Grade Class at Hammond Eastside Primary School. The students listened to the story The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything  and sang the song. The second graders then shared their descriptive paragraphs of their scarecrows that they designed with their partner class.


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    Snowy Day
    "Read for the Record©"  is a world record breaking campaign that brings children and adults together to read the same book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats on the same day, October 7, in schools, homes and communities all over the world. TPSS students participated in this program via video conferencing equipment. Above you will see Myia Benjamin and Ashten Roy, 8th graders from Ponchatoula Junior High, reading The Snowy Day to North Desoto Elementary students. High School and Junior High students from all over Louisiana reached outside of their community and connected with elementary kids to read to them through a Video Conference.  Hammond High students also read to some elementary kids in other parts of Louisiana.  Pictures from Hammond Westside Primary and Amite Elementary who also participated in "Read for the Record©" are below.
     

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    Becky Bader's first grade class, Todd Arceneaux's second grade class, and Stephanie Rivet's third grade class at Hammond Westside Primary participated in "Read for the Record©" with their Video Conferencing equipment. "Read for the Record©"is a world record breaking campaign that brings children and adults together to read the same book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats on the same day, October 7, in schools, homes and communities all over the world.

     
     
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    Students at HEU learn about the Lone star bat through a video conference with Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Students were able to ask questions and interact with other students participating in this video conference.

     

     
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    Teachers participating in TangiTech Math had a Video Conference with Connect2Texas called "Turkey Talk". The teachers were able to learn how the VC equipment is used and what they can do with it back in their schools. They also learned about the parts of a turkey as well as the different types of turkeys and what regions of Louisiana they are located. The museum facilitator also shared with the TPSS teachers different types of turkey calls.


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    Eggs
    Video conferencing was introduced to the 4th graders at Hammond Westside Upper.    The students participated in "Eggs Everywhere."  They learned about various eggs and the animals they come from.  Students were also able to dissect their own chicken egg and learn about the parts.  It was a rewarding learning experience!!  Special thanks to Ms. Jamie White and Ms. Kristie Gros and their students for participating in this VC with Shannon Watkins, Curriculum Coach.
     

     
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    Instructional Technology Facilitator Kathy Prine and Curriculum Coach Vickie Welch facilitated a video conference in Janell Flanagan's Magnet 1st grade class at Hammond Eastside Primary. The conference was with Janice Slaughter at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first grade students put their painted handprint in the letters for "Who Dat?" to make a sign supporting the New Orleans Saints. At the beginning of the "Me, Myself, and I" conference, we shared our sign with Ms. Slaughter. She said they had signs all over the university where she was located supporting the Indianapolis Colts.


     
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    Mrs. Kathy Schilling's kindergarten class at Amite Elementary School participated in a video conference with the Indianapolis Zoo about Polar Bears. Mrs. India Binner, Curriculum Coach - Tangi FIRST, was on hand to help us with the connection. Allison Groce was the guide for our travel adventure. The children interacted with Ms. Groce as she asked them what they knew about Polar Bears. She showed them pictures and videos of the bears at the zoo. She talked about how humans and Polar Bears are alike and how they are different. The children were prepared to answer questions after a 2 day lesson on the subject in the classroom. They read a story about Polar Bears and painted pictures of them.


     
     
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    Anna Bankston's Geometry students at Loranger High recently participated in a video conference with the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The two conferences were entitled "Batter Up!" and "Circling the Bases". The class took a virtual tour of the museum and played a game in which they answered various math word problems patterned after GEE Math questions.


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    The kindergarten children in Mrs. Kathy Schilling's class at Amite Elementary School participated in a video conference with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The conference was entitled, All About Matter. The museum sent Mrs. Schilling's class a kit full of ideas and supplies. The children performed some experiments prior to the conference called "pepper scatter" and "surface tension". During the conference, they predicted how many drops of water would fit on the head of a penny. They observed bubbles in the classroom and in a container of dry ice. They saw what happened when balloons were placed in a container of liquid nitrogen. The boys and girls also learned the differences in solids, liquids and gases.

     

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