Author Connection, “Tillie The Terrible Swede”

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pleasanton Second Graders connected to Sue Stauffacher, author of Tillie The Terrible Swede on April 16, 2014. The book inspires students to make courageous decisions despite opposition. Using a sewing needle and her athletic ability, Tillie chose to race her bicycle even though racing was not acceptable for women. In this connection, students were able to ask Sue Stauffacher about her writing skills, her inspiration for ideas, and the purpose for her books. This connection was scheduled through CAPSpace, a national clearinghouse for distance learning connections.

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John Audubon Re-Enacted, Museum of Nebraska Art

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

On March 20 at 1:30, the Museum of Nebraska Art, ESU 10, and the University of Nebraska Kearney sponsored Brian “Fox” Ellis Portrayed John J Audubon from MONA in Kearney Nebraska. Pleasanton third graders participated in the event via a distance learning connection along with classrooms from Kearney Public, St. Paul, and Franklin, Nebraska.

Mr. Ellis’ presentation was highly entertaining yet educational as he discussed difficult childhood growing up in France. He
sailed to America taking 63 days. He was attacked by pirates, contracted yellow fever but survived. He explained how many did not because of the practice of blood letting being thankful for a Quaker couple who took care of him. His love for painting and the skill to notice details helped him to become a famous artist and outdoor enthusiast. His love for the Sandhill Crane developed by visiting Central Nebraska during the Crane Migration. His advice to students included the discipline of practice to become good at anything.

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270th Birthday Celebration of President Jefferson

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pleasanton fourth and fifth graders participated in a Google Hangout to Monticello on Friday, April 11th, 2014. The live interactive connection took place from Monticello in Virginia, but included elementary classrooms in Virginia, Kansas, and Pleasanton, Nebraska. The connection also included a Google Connected Classroom Coordinator in California.

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Anatomy Class In Depth Kidney Transplant

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pleasanton’s Anatomy Class connected via distance learning to COSI, The Center of Science and Industry, in Columbus, Ohio, April 15, 2014. The connection was a recorded in depth kidney transplant that took place at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. The recording was interrupted periodically by a physicians assistant who explained each step of the procedure. Live interactive questions by students were asked to the PA. In addition, the operating team was explained with short video clips from an attending surgeon, surgical technologist, a registered nurse, and transplant coordinator.

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Author Connection, Margaret Willey, “Clever Beatrice”

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pleasanton third graders connected via distance learning to Margaret Willey, Author of Clever Beatrice. The hour long interactive discussion focused on student questions to Mrs. Willey about her career as an author. Questions ranged from her inspiration as an author to her many books for elementary to middle school students.

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4th Grade Connection, Laurie Keller, Author, “The Scrambled States”

March 14, 2014 12 comments

Pleasanton fourth graders connected to Laurie Keller, author of “The Scrambled States.” Ms. Keller’s presentation was interactive, responding to questions from Pleasanton’s fourth graders, and from students in Michigan and New Jersey. Questions ranged to her creative ideas behind her books, being both illustrator and author, and why she is an author.

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4th Grade, Buffalo Tales, Homestead National Monument

March 12, 2014 9 comments

Pleasanton fourth graders connected to the Homestead National Monument on March 10, 2014. Susan Cook, National Park Service Ranger, discussed how Native Americans utilized the buffalo to maintain their life on the Nebraska Plains.
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