Classroom 2.0
“Travel through Space and Time”

Silvia Tolisano
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Blog: http://www.langwitches.org/blog

Bio
Born in Germany, raised in Argentina and living in the USA, Silvia graduated with a Degree in Spanish & International Studies and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She serves as the Instructional Technology Facilitator at a private elementary school. She was instrumental in establishing and is supporting an integrated global awareness curriculum for all grade levels.

Bio Page
https://k12online07presenters.wikispaces.com/Silvia Tolisano

Presentation Title
“Travel through Space and Time”

Description
Global awareness is making its way into the educational landscape. We are recognizing that our students are growing up in a “flat world” and cannot afford to live isolated from learning about other languages, cultures, traditions and points of view. The presenter took over 400 students and their teachers along…virtually…as she traveled physically half way around the world to China. Learn how, through the power of web 2.0 tools, she seamlessly combined a blog, podcasts, photos and videos to educate students about cultural universals, while addressing curriculum standards.

Presentation
iPod ready
http://k12online.wm.edu/Time_Space.mp4 (27:09 Run Time; mpeg4; 88.6 MB)
Audio only
http://k12online.wm.edu/Time_Space.mp3 (26:10 Run Time; mp3; 12 MB)

Supporting Links
San Jose Episcopal Day School
http://www.sjeds.com/

China Blog
http://www.sjeds.com/blog/china/

Global Studies
http://www.sjeds.com/blog/global_studies/

Egypt Blog
http://www.sjeds.com/blog/egypt/

Spresent.com
http://www.spresent.com/

Splashr
http://www.splashr.com/

Skitch
http://www.skitch.com/

Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/

SnapZPro
http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

Quicktime
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Google Earth
http://www.googleearth.com/

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12 Responses to “Classroom 2.0
“Travel through Space and Time””

  1. Heather Davis says:

    I have just finished listening to Silvia’s exciting presentation about their trip to China and how technology played such a huge part in the success of the trip.

    I teach at an international school in Beijing and we are getting ready to take our Year 5/Grade 4 students to Hong Kong for 4 days in February. My mind is spinning with all the new ideas we may be able to incorporate into our trip.

    Thanks for opening my mind to so many possibilities. I will be listening and hopefully watching the presentation several times.

  2. rainfield says:

    i am a longterm travelor and backpacker, thanks for the presentation, i am sure it will help on my trip.

  3. I am partnership co-ordinator for a british council connecting classrooms partnership with schools in africa. We are off to namibia in july and your film/blog/website has given me a great deal of inspiration as to how to proceed with the partnership. Thanks. Have a look at our wiki:
    http://welwitschia.pbwiki.com/

  4. Bonnie Muir says:

    Your mp3 file is very interesting, but your movie is visually stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie. Your gave me some wonderful ideas on how to help classroom teachers with blogging.

  5. Kathy Epps says:

    What an amazing work! The thought, preparation, the trip itself, and the follow through, involving the whole school is really a model of good practice. Congratulations!

  6. Vicki Davis says:

    Sylvia,

    This is a must watch for this conference. Your presentation is transformational and I want everyone to listen to it! Just amazing!!!

  7. Jose Fuentes says:

    I really like the idea of crossing boundaries and introducing our students to other cultures. I too am a fan of the Amazing Race. I love the show not only because of all the parts of the world that already exist and that I probably would not get a chance to see in real life and participating in the tasks of a regular citizen from that country. I am amazed in looking at geography and how little kids know about anything related to it. For me personally I love soccer and love to watch the Worldcup. When I saw the participating countries I learned about their flags, and their capital cities. However, a few years ago while I was in my teacher related studies, I mentioned this to a fellow instructor and that person did not share the same opinion as mine. He claimed that all I knew was a simple trick to memorize that knowledge and it presented little value to me. I was upset and walked away. Ever since I have become more cognizant about geography and how important it is to our lives. By living in the United States, people simply think that this is enough and nothing else matters. But once again, going back to the presentation, I think introducing kids to other cultures is an important element that we cannot do without. Not only kids will learn about other places in the world, but also learn to respect other people for what they are and where they come from rather than raising biases and stereotypes.

  8. [...] chose to view this session for two reasons. The first is that at some point in the coming years I hope to be a traveling [...]

  9. I can only imagine how much care & time went into this visually thoughtful presentation. You are indeed a skilled story teller! Even if we can’t send a live traveler to another country you gave me some great ideas for helping our students connect to others around the world.

  10. [...] our families, classrooms, and communities. Silvia Tolisano’s K12Online07 presentation, “Travel through Space and Time,” is a great professional development session which emphasizes the importance of global [...]

  11. [...] just watched a presentation titled “Travel through Space and Time”, part of the K12 Online Conference, which is just underway. It provides a detailed example [...]

  12. Michael says:

    To study and Master Technology, I would need a Degree in Languages. I’ve learned a highly effective plan which helps me assess voices, which supports the awareness of the Power. This is a reality of communicating and contacting a Wizard; in private.

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