Homestead Students Teach French to 1st Graders

First graders in Bonnie Wainwright's Aboite Elementary (Fort Wayne, Indiana) class have been learning French from high school students this spring with the help of 21st century communications technology. They have a videoconferencing unit in their room connected to Mrs. Ferkel’s classroom at Homestead High School.

Mrs. Ferkel's French 111 students prepare and send lessons for the first graders each week. Mrs. Wainwright's class receives the materials and interacts with the high school French students via distance technology. Students have been learning the French alphabet, numbers, colors, school items, body parts and more.

This collaboration is supported by the ACELINK project and district administration. The two classrooms in Southwest Allen County Schools connect via IP point-to-point with their Tandberg equipment, saving the cost and time of travel between buildings. Congratulations to all involved in this innovative and exciting collaboration! Posted by Picasa


Watch Video of the General Assembly Online

The Indiana General Assembly Web site has the information you need to learn more about the democratic process and participate in state government. Through http://www.legislative.in.gov/, you can watch or listen to General Assembly sessions from your computer, obtain legislator contact information, check session calendars, search bills and resolutions, research Indiana laws and administrative rules and more!

When the Assembly is in session, you can watch video from the Senate, House, House Ways & Means Committee and House Committe Room 156c.

Mark this site in your Favorites for the next legislative session and check it out!


Fort Wayne Students Explore Planet Mars

Students from Brentwood Elementary and Memorial Park Middle School recently launched their own explorations of the red planet with the Challenger Learning Center in Brownsburg, Indiana. In this highly interactive and exciting program:

  • Students explored various challenges facing a mission of this distance.
  • Students increased their understanding of life in a microgravity environment.
  • Students toured major landmarks on the Martian surface.
  • Students understood how technology influences the course of history.

Teachers from both schools prepared their students for the interactive videoconference by reviewing the packet of materials sent to them in advance. They also talked with their students about expectations and learning goals for this special session.

ACELINK supported the project by helping with scheduling the event, coordinating technology support with Fort Wayne Community Schools, and providing funding for the program costs.

For information about other programs from the Challenger Center, see their website or contact schaufes@ipfw.edu.


Representative Espich Partners with ACELINK

On Wednesday, April 12, three area high schools participated in the IPFW Virtual Town Hall Meeting (Fort Wayne, Indiana) with Indiana Representative Jeff Espich. The Representative, also chair of the House Ways and Means committee, joined students from Elmhurst, Leo and Paul Harding to discuss the state budget, spending priorities and answer students' questions. Andy Downs, IPFW's director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, moderated the discussion from IPFW's Kettler Hall. Students from each location interacted with the Representative in the live two-way video meeting supported by ACELINK and a multipoint control bridge at East Allen County Schools.

The next Town Hall Meeting will be May 12, and our guest will be determined soon. For information on signing up for this free program, contact Sandy Schaufelberger at 260-481-0747 or schaufes@ipfw.edu.

To talk with Professor Downs about other topics he can present via live videoconference, send him an email at downs@ipfw.edu.