Connecting With Other Classrooms
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Journey NorthRosemaryThornton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 8 Aug 1997 20:05:05 -0500
I am planning a workshop presentation that will include giving information
about Journey North. It reminded me that I never did fill out an evaluation
for this past season. So, I will mention a few things that we experienced
while taking part in JN.
On the whole it was a pretty productive time. We did monarchs,
robins, leaf-out and the tulip garden (6th grade did tulips and 4th/5th did
the other topics). I had a little bit of trouble with asking questions on
robins and we never did receive the answer to our question. Also, I
wondered how our answers to challenge questions was handled. We never saw
any answers (at least our answers) on the web page.
Probably our greatest disappointment was with the tulip garden
interactions. I had each of my table groups (18 in all for 3 classes)
select an email address and write a message about our tulip garden. They
wrote their messages in science class, I gave the messages to our computer
teacher, and he had the students write and send their messages in computer
class. Out of 18 messages, we got only 1 reply. That was fun for the group
who got it. They sent back more clues and had fun figuring out what state
and city the message came from. I couldn't figure out why we didn't get
more replies. You can imagine that I am reluctant to spend so much class
time again on sending the messages with such poor response last year.
In general, the web page was much easier to use this year than
before. Also, because our school is direct-connected students could work
the system better. You have really made great strides since the first year.
Thanks so much for all your time and effort. JN is a wonderful resource!