crab2.jpgVinnie Vrotny
Director of Academic Technology
North Shore Country Day School
phone: 847-881-8800
Multi-faceted Refractions

Archive to Vinnie's presentation

Telling A New Story: Collaborating with Students (and Teachers as Students) to Develop Their Digital Voice

Back Story- Where is North Shore and Why Does the Environment and Culture Lend Itself to Explorations Such as These

Conflict - Tension between Skills and Global Connections and Collaboration

Upper School - Junior Experience

United State History and AP United State History - Collaboration with Kevin Randolph
Background - Reflections on Reflections: Creating a Movie From Still Images and Sound
Class Wiki Sites: US History and AP US History

English 11 - A Service Learning and Junior Research Project Collaboration with Kathy McHugh
Background - How Three Cups of Tea Changed My Life
(blog posting)
Class Moodle Site: English 11 (to view the class for a limited time, use username wandm and password wandm)
Other Web Sites (in various states of construction)
Indeed We Read - to be developed as an interactive book review site to promote literacy, using Drupal
Kilimanjaro English Nursery School Site - Word Press Blog

Middle School - Global Awareness Advisory Unit

Real Lives Simulation Software (you can download a free trial)
Google Earth - Getting a Sense of it all
Blog - Real Lives Reflections

Lower School - Mayan Culture

Google Sketchup - Mayan Village

Conclusion - The Challenges

Background - How to Create Global Collaboration and Once Connected, What do we Do? (blog posting)

Special Thanks to:
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach for inviting me to share our story

Mike Peccia, Lori Brennan, and Leo Roth - for assisting me in making sure everything worked (connectivity and other technical issues) as smoothly as possible

Tom Doar (Head of School), Dave Potter (Upper School Head), LaVina Lowery (Middle School Head), and Pam Whalley (Lower School Head) for providing the educational leadership and administrative support for teachers to revise and develop new curricular units.

The faculty and students at North Shore, who are willing to go down "the road less taken".

Applications Used Demonstrated and Used for this presentation
Google Earth
Google Sketchup
Google Docs
Microsoft PhotoStory 3
Inspiration v8
Word Press