WiiMote Whiteboard

Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
– Charles Caleb Colton

The work that Johnny Lee has done with the Wii controller is simply amazing (see Johnny’s TED talk).  Equally amazing is this “how to” video created by a PT2 student about a project of Johnny’s that he did in Ms. Norman’s class:

thanks for all your hard work on this project PT2 students and Ms. Norman.

What do Alaskans, Thais and Dominicans have in common?

Friends have all things in common.
– Plato
What do Dominican 4th grade students have in common with 4th grade students in Kodiak, Alaska?
It isn’t a joke, its a question and good one too.  We will be investigating this throughout the year as we add friends in Kodiak to our blogpals.
From Bangkok to Kodiak and back to Santo Domingo the opportunities that blogging makes available to our students are truly endless.  Our four fourth grade teachers are lucky to be teamed up with BlogSuperStar Kim Cofino and some fantastic new teachers in Alaska – all of us are pushing our comfort zones and growing because of it!
– more on this next week- after some soul cleansing (read:kitesurfing) this weekend

on the campaign trail…

The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself…The act of voting is in itself the defining moment.
– Jeff Melvoin

How do you get a class of Dominican’s (all of them seniors) interested and fired up about studying AP US Politics?  This was the challenge presented to one of the teacher’s here and over the last two years Tina Schuster has done exactly that.  This year her AP students will be traveling to California as part of an exchange to witness the election taking place.  In preparation for the trip students are sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions with their Californian counterparts through this wiki.

When Tina came to me looking for integration ideas a wiki seemed to be the obvious choice.  Neither teacher had used a wiki before and i am thankful for their willingness to leap into something entirely new.  We scratched out some ideas and came up with a rough structure that was shared with Mr. Chavez in California.  He added to it.  It was set-up and live in less then a week and after three weeks all three of us are astounded by the work that these students are coming up with.  After watching Obama speak in California i jumped on the wordle craze that was dominating my twits and added a page for discussion as extra credit.  The student knew this had nothing to do with their grade, but the ball is rolling now – it isn’t about grades any more.  Ms. Schuster and Mr. Chavez of ignited something bigger, something real and much more long lasting then grades…a real desire to know all that they can about the election and the candidates involved in it.  They jumped all over it and one of them “beat me to the punch” of posting a second wordle (from McCain).

Its time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
Its time to move on, it s time to get going
– Tom Petty

4 years of backgammon, 4 years of kitesurfing, 4 years of bowling, 3 kids brought into this world…
cost = 390 pesos.
that is a bargain (12-13 us dollars)


Worst part of being an international teachers is saying good-bye to the people who become your family wherever it is you are. We are losing a lot of wonderful “family” members this year, its tough, but perhaps toughest on those staying put?

To the people moving on from CMS, good luck, drop us a line every once in a while and we’ll catch you on the flip side.

Junot Diaz – Wednesday April 30th…

“In some ways I think that this book waited for me to become a better person before it wrote itself”
– Junot Diaz on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Be sure to see Pulitzer Prize award winner, and MIT professor Junot Diaz as he reads, answers questions and works with Carol Morgan high school students on Wednesday. Junot was born here in the Dominican Republic and is this year’s “artist in residence”; the excitement and accolades that have recently been bestowed upon him for his work The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Have generated an amazing buzz on and around the CMS campus.

Tune in to our Ustream.tv channel and don’t let this opporutnity pass you by.

10:15 – 10:50 – High School Assembly (Reading & Q&A Session)
coming to YouTube soon…

11:05 – 11:50 -Workshop#1 – the sound quality is audible but low

12:00 – 12:45 – Workshop #2- the sound quality is audible but low

6:00 – 7:30 – Parent/Teacher Reading and Q&A Session
mp3 version of talk
coming to YouTube soon…
time zone – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic GMT -4

And all the while…construction continues:

April 25, 2008

img 1: http://www.thedeelirium.com/wp-content/uploads/screenshot3.jpeg
img2: with great thanks to Osiris