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MidLink Magazine is the oldest children’s publication on the web. Established in October, 1994, MidLink continues to be updated quarterly with projects in locations all over the world. For twelve years, it has operated without interruption and continues to grow as a non-profit organization because of sponsorship and support by NC State University and the University of Central Florida. The heart of MidLink’s success, however, is the cadre of dedicated teacher-editors who guide students to create the exceptional content that fills its pages.”

Check out our most recent issue: http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/ . The issue contains some wonderful examples of how Web 2.0 technologies are being integrated into the classroom. Better yet, every editor would love to collaborate or simply help some other teacher get going on a project similar to theirs. We are reaching out to others and want to help flatten the K-12 ed tech world. Get in touch with us to share your wonderful projects.

Examples:

Hidden Stories
Looking for a way to inject life back into a sagging Social Studies unit? “Hidden Stories” will introduce your students to the power of Digital Storytelling by providing them with a chance to be both a sleuth and a movie maker as they search archived primary sources for the voices of people who lived through significant historical events. Then using Windows MovieMaker, Microsoft PhotoStory or iMovie, students will create a three minute multi-media project that weaves “images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights”(Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association). Historical content will not only come alive for students but this project will help to develop a deep understanding of the important characters that make up our country’s past. Student project work will be profiled on a “Hidden Stories” student gallery. Contact Teacher Editor: Brenda Dyck

Hurricane in a Classroom A Science Project: Recently, hurricanes swept through Florida and damaged a significant number of homes. Building homes that can better withstand the winds from hurricanes will be a consideration in all future housing construction. Many people will be building homes on the Florida Atlantic or Gulf Coast. Students can learn NOW how to build and protect homes from hurricane winds. Florida State University Schools Earth/Space students are doing just that! What did the students get when they combined a leaf blower, construction paper, straws and tape? A Hurricane in our Classroom! Collaborate with Florida State University School science students and share the hurricanes in YOUR classroom! Contact Teacher Editor, Cathy McQuone, Earth/Space Science Instructor, Florida State University Schools, Tallahassee, FL

Tell Me a Story
Imagine that we can share stories about the people, places, traditions, and objects in our lives to help us understand that we all share common experiences, and that we are much more alike than we are different. By sharing our stories, we can connect with each other in special ways. Imagine that we could support and extend our stories by using technology to enhance our voices with imagery and music. What if we could record our stories from the past for the future? What if we could tell stories of the future today? Join this project and participate in activities that promote awareness of students’ cultural heritage; that instill a greater sense of pride in their family histories; and that encourage students to accept and celebrate their differences, while realizing that we are all unique pieces of a global community. Grade levels: K-8. To participate in any of the activities, contact Teacher Editor: Karen Kliegman, Albertson, New York

Everyday is Earth Day
This project prepares students to understand and act on the current and future environmental challenges that face all of us. Motivate your students to become part of the “Green Squad” and model environmental conservation best management practices while helping create a culture of environmental responsibility. Create a “Healthy Environment Bill of Rights” and/or a template for a “green classroom.” Students will also write and sign a “green classroom” contract, which will show their commitment to performing “green” actions that they all believe are realistic, practical, and easy to do. Grade level: 3-6. To participate in this project, contact project coordinator, Neepa Shah
nshah@herricks.org

Podcasts from the Heart
The intention of this project is to help students gain an understanding of what it was like to have heart disease. Students wrote scripts and interviewed grandparents and other individuals about their heart disease or heart related malady. The end result: some enlightening and interesting podcasts conducted by 12-13 year olds with people whom suffer from some form of CVD. Grade level:6-8 Contact Teacher Editor, Joselyn J. Todd, Ph. D. Cary Academy, Cary, NC

Eleanor Rigby Project: Who are the homeless? We see them on the streets, cocooned in doorways, pushing overloaded shopping carts, standing on corners announcing their troubles on cardboard signs. Old, young, men, women…Who are they? Where did they come from? Explore the answers with students around the world. Contact Teacher Editor: Brenda Dyck

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