It was a cold, blustery day when I walked into the Dublin, Texas Public Library a couple of weeks ago at the invitation of the Dublin ISD AP English III* class. The purpose for the day was to join in a conference held by these talented English III students via Skype, and it was a treat to be included in the audience.
Students in this advanced placement class first read a novel by author Ray Bradberry and then broke it down in terms of similes, metaphors, allusions, onomatopoeia, plot, imagery, personification, as well as other literary terms. As an old advanced English III (American Lit) teacher, I have to tell you that these students did their homework.
Next, they had to organize their thoughts well enough to present them to our group via Skype. If you are not familiar with the term Skype, it is simply a term used for the technology that allowed the students to remain in their classroom and present their projects to us in the library.
[slideshow id=42]As you can see from the photos, we watched the students on a computer screen, and they watched our group the same way. We were also able to watch them in a larger format (although not clearer) as they were projected onto the wall.
Of course, anytime the word technology is mentioned in Dublin, teacher Jennifer Miller is not far behind, and she coordinated these efforts. Ms. Miller’s students have been usingSkype for some time now, even going so far as to visit with other students in Paris, Israel, and Thailand, just to name a few.
According to Miller, it has been a very good way for her students to learn that they are very lucky to live in the U.S.!
All in all, it was a wonderful event. I believe we all walked away with a little more faith in education and the young people who inhabit our schools!
*AP classes are simply advanced placement classes. At the end of the year, students are able to take an exam that, if passed, will actually give them college credit for that class. It is an excellent way for students to “get ahead” in college hours.