With our Bright Bytes surveys from 2016-2017, students revealed to us that "collaborating with others outside of our school district" was something we "never did".
With this data, I decided to make it a goal to decrease the "never" and increase the "every few months" as a starting point for content areas at Pulaski High School. I approached Mr. Santy about the idea to collaborate with students in another school district. He immediately thought of the small vet learning opportunity for creating a pet food. I was able to provide a tutorial on the publishing tool as students will produce a website that will market their product.
I also provided a tutorial on the features of Google Hangout.
I'm thankful that Mr. Santy was willing to attempt the creation of a new pet food with students outside of our school district. To me, this makes sense. Learning from people more than one mile away is something that happens in so many businesses on a daily basis.
The details of the learning experience for students was well thought out by Mr. Santy, and the email communication with teachers allowed emails to be exchanged among instructors. A spreadsheet was used to "match" students with other districts.
I'm also thankful to Ms. Caelwarts, Ms. Kurowski, and Mrs. Uelmen for allowing the "Google Hangouts" to be opened for our two week period. Without an "informational and instructional" technology team that has visions of innovative learning, none of this would happen.