Zoology Students Connect with Zoo Expert

Students at New Haven High School connected with the Lee Richardson Zoo to learn about birds in flight through videoconferencing on January 19. Mr. Mettert, classroom teacher, signed up for the program through ACELINK, and about 60 students were able to talk with the Zoo, which is located in Garden City, Kansas. In addition to learning some great information about how birds and bats fly, the students also saw a couple of special guests from the zoo...an albino dove and a screetch owl.


Hoodwinked! director connects with students

IPFW's School of Visual Arts hosted a question-and-answer session with Hoodwinked! animated movie director, Corey Edwards, on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Students from Bishop Dwenger, Heritage, and New Haven High School were able to join IPFW students in a live chat with Corey about his new movie.

The Allen County Education Network was used to connect the three remote sites to IPFW using videoconferencing equipment so students could participate in the session without leaving their schools. Mr. Edwards was in Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend a special premier showing of his new animated film. He attended college with IPFW professor, Mark Ridgeway.


IPFW Links Schools with Mayor

Today we hosted the first IPFW Virtual Town Hall Series with our guest, Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. Three local schools joined the discussion with IPFW's Andy Downs. The schools were: Bishop Dwenger, Carroll High School and Aboite Elementary. The Mayor talked with students about the importance of the "innovation infrastructure" that he's been strongly supporting in Fort Wayne. He talked to students from the City/County building via the Allen County Education Network and IPFW's distance learning resources.

Students asked great questions like, "How could technology be used to advance opportunities for the Arts to students in Fort Wayne," and "Who has the mayor worked with to create his technology philosophy/policies".

The next program in the series will be February 10 at 9:30 a.m. and our featured guest will be Congressman Mark Souder. Schools can still join the series by contacting me at schaufes@ipfw.edu.