Wednesday, June 27, 2007

NECC 2007: Closing Session

Dr. Tim Tyson, principal of Mabry Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, presented on his school's version of School 2.0. He wanted an environemnt where children could create a meaningful contribution to the world and used the availability of immediate global distribution of work via the Internet as the key to making that possible.

The school has an annual film festival. Students work in groups to study content and develop a video about their topic. They are told that if their projects are perfect, they can go on iTunes on his vodcast. Dr. Tyson showed several student videos. Projects are eligible for awards and winners receive gifts like iPods, computers, and sofyware (e.g., Final Cut Pro).

Children crave opportunities to make a contribution to their world.

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