Thursday, January 24, 2019

Learning to Blog!!!!!

Just now, we looked at a few of last years blog posts. Since we have never done this before, we are so excited to get started! We are nervous that we will not write proper sentences. We are also nervous about not getting all the stuff down, but we are excited about telling people about our life in the United States. Another thing we are very excited about is putting our ideas out there through the blog. Check back on our blog every Wednesday and Thursday to see what we are up to.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

First Team Meeting

Here is the 2019 Briarhill 24HR World Tour Team

We had our first team meeting to prepare for the world tour that is 36 days away.  We discussed the jobs we are doing, video conferencing practice, worked with flip grid, and also talked about when we might get some sleep. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 World Tour Information Meeting

Today was the first information meeting about this year's world tour.  Mrs. Weesner took questions and presented information.  It was standing room only in the library.  All students that are interested in applying, get your applications turned in by this Friday!!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

World Tour at NCSS blogging the session

Rick asked two people to tweet about the World Tour. #briarhill24hrworldtour

Started at a middle school but now at several middle and high schools in Lewisville ISD, Texas. Rick provided an overview of what the World Tour.

Rick introduced the 6 station helpers to the rest of the session attendees.

A conference participant video conferenced with two teachers in Texas; one middle school and one high school teacher. Lewisville uses Zoom for the video conference. Students apply to become part of the World Tour. A student meeting before embarking on the World Tour to clarify roles, expectations, organize and prepare. The Lewisville model is for 24 hours, but your school could do a shorter Tour. Six hours, 12 hours, you do you!

A parent meeting is essential because they have lots of questions about what the students will be doing for 24 hours. Yes, they can rest during the 24-hour period. Lewisville doesn't throw up obstacles that prevent students from participating such as GPA or attendance. Have games and other activities for stuff to do during down time or if there is a last minute cancellation.

Each video conference takes about 30 minutes which means there are about 20-25 minutes to rotate stations and prepare for the next conference call. 25 students who will participate and start preparation about 6 weeks before the event. Try to match students to location that they are interested in researching.

Started just with video conferencing with one other classroom in another location. Lewisville does this just before Spring Break. They start on Thursday night and into Friday. This year is Feb. 28-March 1, 2019. You are invited to join Lewisville on the 2019 World Tour!

Library layout: downtime games, separate areas for boys and girls to rest, social media station, cartographer station, "nexters" (the person who is next in line for the interviewing), video conference station, scribe station, blog station, breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks area, iMovie producer station. End call between all district schools to celebrate the end of the event.

Phase 1: Laying the Groundwork: set date, administrative approval, create blog to house information, teacher team, look for contacts, create Twitter hashtag, contact t-shirt company to begin design process.
Phase 2: Getting Your People: make school announcements, interesting meeting, application process, week to turn in application, selection process, have student team chosen 1 month before event to give time to prepare, congratulatory letter and contract form, second meeting with selected students. Global contacts (Skype in the Classroom), Google+ communities, Twitter, Who do you know?, National Parks/Museum Education directors, school alumni, contact schools/businesses/authors/scientists/military. Use Google sheet to keep track of roles and contacts.
Phase 3: Logistics: Food - all meals, snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, supplies needed,
Phase 4: Preparation: meet with student 4 times to prepare (pulled during an advisory period), continuation of updating blog, students create Top 10 lists, students create current events presentation, Final Student Meeting, Media blitz
See Rick's presentation for the rest of the phases

Another idea would be to do a tour of a historical tour. Such as a 6 hour tour of Civil War sites. Each class period took a different site like Ford's Theatre, History Professor, etc, Or a World History class could video conference with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans in one-day different classes talk to different sites related to the topic.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Presenting the World Tour at NCSS

On December 1st, we presented the 24Hr World Tour event in Chicago.  The purpose is to share the experience that we have had, and support others in the planning of their own World Tour.  We are also always looking for contacts to connect with to help enhance our classrooms.  Thank you for attending the session and we would love some feedback.

  • What are some other possible stations?
  • How can the tour be enhanced?
  • Things you like, we should keep?
  • Things you wonder about?
  • Theme ideas?
  • Student artifacts?
  • Next step actions?
  • Do you have a contact that can help us with our never ending quest to have great contacts all around the world.  If you do, click here.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

First Mystery Virtual Conference of the 2018/19 School Year

Today is our first mystery virtual conference of the 2018/2019 School Year. Everybody is extremely excited for this mystery skype. We are Currently skyping Mr.Gomez's class. We had kept the location secret for the students skyping Mr.Gomez's class to add a little more of a challenge. The class has limited English ability. It's a challenge to keep up with them because of wifi problems we are having. Can you guess where they are located? They are in the South America. They live near mountains. They are on the pacific ocean. They are not in Chile. If you guessed Peru then you are correct.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thank You Everyone From Everywhere

We want to thank everyone who joined us on our 24Hr World Tour.  We talked with scientists, students, teachers, business people, relatives, celebrities, museums, parks, and friends from all over the world.  What great memories we made as we had cultural exchanges on each continent.  It was tiring as we worked hard throughout the night.  It's interesting to see students show up for school the next morning as we worked through the night.  Conversations were great, food was good, ping pong and other games were fun!  Everyone had their own favorite part of the tour.  Thanks again everyone!!!!!