- School: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, Oaks Bluff, MA
- Grade Levels: 9-12 Content Area: Creative Arts
Using technology to create real-world, real-time, participatory virtual learning environments—whereby teachers consult with their international colleagues and students use Skype to videoconference with experts, collaborate with peers overseas, and take virtual field trips—is inspiring, real, and reaches to the heart of 21st century education.
Collaborative, unbound, socially-based, online education is here to stay.
iEARN educator Chris Baer facilitates the Alternate Reality project and is previous facilitator of the popular iEARN One Day in the Life and project. Through media projects, he has connected his students from Oaks Bluffs, Massachusetts to students in Taiwan, Argentina, Yemen, Vietnam, and Brazil.
Chris is a frequent writer about his global collaboration experiences and has been featured in the Martha's Vineyard Times and in Perspectives, the Massachusetts ASCD Journal.
In the article in Martha's Vineyar Times, With a lens on the world, Keya Guimaraes writes:
The photo/design/technology teacher turned cultural diplomat was recently honored as Geo-Educator of the Week by National Geographic for stretching the boundaries of student documentary photography. He has most recently collaborated with classrooms in Taiwan, Argentina, Yemen, Vietnam, and Brazil, connecting Vineyard photo and design students with their global counterparts via digital media in the hopes of cross-cultural exploration and understanding. Perhaps most profoundly, Mr. Baer has created projects for these students that seek to bridge differences yet, simultaneously, celebrate diversity.
Read the full article here.
Download the full article (page 8-11) "Live from Yemen: Navigating the Challenges of Virtual Collaboration," [pdf] by iEARN Teacher and iEARN One Day in the Life Project Co-Facilitator, Chris Baer, in the Spring 2012 issue of Perspectives, the Massachusetts ASCD Journal.