Sunday, February 26, 2012

Update on Sinaramas!!

On February 8, Danielle, a first grade teacher, and Jane, the IT coach skyped with Alison and me:}

Alison sitting in my living room at 8 PM and talking to the teachers in Jakarta the next morning - their time - 8AM!

We have arranged to have the students start sharing information.  The Sinaramas first graders have created videos introducing themselves.  Many are just learning English and travel a great deal more than our kids;}  Alison's kids have created a digital book and are sending it over as an introduction - including pictures of snow!!

The Sinaramas teachers joked with us about a field trip over here to see our beautiful state - but what a great idea!!

Stay tuned.  More coming in early March.

Here is our tentative timeline.

Monday, February 6, 2012

We are excited about the contact with our friends at Sinarmas scheduled for February 8. This article supports what we are doing in U.S. education - but suggests we expand to include international partnerships, collaboration, etc. It is a god read and supports our work with Sinarmas.

  • Is American education in a state of crisis?
    The most recent issue of ASCD Express -- on countering the negative spin on education -- features ASCD author Yong Zhao's Talks with an Author interview. In the talk, Zhao discusses his book, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, and points out what the U.S. has done right. He also explores factors that he says need to be addressed in order to improve the U.S. education system and emphasizes that the we should look for new ways to initiate international partnership, create opportunities for collaboration, and develop new technologies. Watch the recorded interview. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story