GLOBAL COLLABORATION PROJECTS ARE UNVEILED!

 

(this post is a cross post from my ALCOA Eagle Eye to the World blog)

It has been sometime since I have last posted here on the blog. Things are going as fast as the development and growth of Rudy.

Ever since the beginning of the year we have had students from all over the world connected using tools like Edmodo, blogs, Google Hangouts, Voicethread, and other tools to help share the power in watching and observing the ALCOA Bald Eagle Nest.

The last few months students have been working to connect and make a global collaborative project. This is not as easy as it sounds. I know we read all the time about technology and how simple it is, but there are many factors that come into play.

When working with various classrooms we must consider

-timezone

-vacation days of school districts

-weather implications

-requirements of a regular school

-age differences

Despite these factors the teachers and students involved in this project (you can check them out here) made it happen. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with so many amazing educators and students.

This is only the second year of doing this project and once again I have learned so much. I will be sharing these thoughts soon, but today I want to unveil the projects created by the kids.

They used their research, their voices, and their artwork to showcase to the world what they have learned. We have students from kindergarten on up to 5th grade represented.

If you go to our project page  and on the menu locate Student Pages you will see several categories. Each category has Voicethreads created by the students. These are voices from all the classrooms.

I would love for you to take a listen and to provide any feedback you can. I am always striving to improve as a leader of this project, but more importantly it is vital that these students understand their voices are being heard by the world.

So, please leave a comment on this blog or email me at aarmau@gmail.com

I will share it all with the teachers so the students can gain feedback as well.

I have a few more things I will be sharing as we continue to watch Rudy grow and test the boundaries of the nest.

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Eagle Eye To The World Global Project: Year 2! Sign Up NOW!!!!

The second year of the global school project focused around two bald eagles, Liberty and Justice, and their journey surviving, laying eggs, and raising eaglets along the freezing waters of the Mississippi River are about to begin.

We have a few weeks left to get signed up.

Monday, December 30th I will be hosting an online meeting to go over the project and answer any questions. The project is filled with unlimited possibilities.

The goal of the collaboration is to help students and teachers learn how to connect and communicate globally while at the same time sharing out what they are learning at the local level. The project is an ongoing project where we come together to share out ideas and projects. I have many ideas in mind and will share those out soon.

Here is the link to the website – http://eagleeyeproject2.wikispaces.com/

Please check it out. Consider signing up. Last year we had four countries and really some amazing work created and gathered. You can check out work from last year here http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/

We are in need of some more classes to make this project happen. Spread the word and please sign up. It is a blast to watch nature work and so many learning opportunities exist.

If you have questions let me know. Otherwise I look forward to the registration form filling up.

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ALCOA: Eagle Eye to the World Final Celebration

Last Friday, after some technical difficulties of getting connected several classroom joined online to celebrate and bring to a close the first year of the Alcoa: Eagle Eye to the World Celebration project.

Students worked hard to create something to be remembered by. It was great seeing Matt, Donna, and Lisa join us online along with their classrooms.

Matt had his students perform their song live for us. It was a very touching song and I felt so moved by what they accomplished and created. It just goes to show the power of students and what can be done when you can ignite their interest.

For the first year of running and operating this project I honestly could not be more pleased. Things were not perfect, but when is anything perfect. This project turned out great due to the classes and teachers involved.

We were not able to record our meeting, but I wish we could have showed you the kids. They were awesome. Here are some videos of the celebration products.

Here is a link for the actual project – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/

Through the Eyes of an Eagle: http://buff.ly/13nGUG1  

My students created two videos – one for each class.

4th grade

5th grade

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Liberty and Justice Updates, Identification, and Facts

I write this blog post after not having time to create some more learning videos. I have crafted a few learning videos over on our ALCOA Eagle Eye to the World project page – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/Eagle+Learning+Videos
Instead I would like to bring everyone up to speed with the eaglets in case you have not been watching the camera on a daily basis. The eaglets are now a little over two weeks old. They are getting big. If you have not checked the camera please do so so you can see how big they have grown.
By this point they have gained a couple pounds and should be able to thermoregulate their bodies. They are growing everyday. They are eating quite well. The massive piles of food in the nest just blows my mind. We have continued to chart the food brought into the nest each day. As always, feel free to help us keep track of things happening in the nest. We have two pages on our wiki page where we are trying to document all events in the nest.
1. http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/2013+Eaglet+Food+Chart – This page we are tracking all food brought into the nest. Really impressive when you look at the daily events of the nest.
2. http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/2013+Eaglets – This page we are tracking daily events of the nest as well as pictures. 
Please feel free to help us out. I know we can do more, but with with teaching, jobs, and kids it is all about crowdsourcing at this point.
Some of you have asked over and over how to better identify the eagles. Liberty is pictured below

Rare shot today of Liberty sporting both identifying marks, above the eye and on the tail.

Next, many have contacted me about how high the nest is in the tree and perspective of the area. Here are some photos to help give you a better sense. The nest is about 80 feet in the tree. It is about 7 feet wide and 5 feet deep. It is massive. I hope these images courtesy of the amazing John Riches help give you a better sense.

As always, thank you to everyone students and adults who continue to find interest in the eagles as well as continue asking questions. Every single day there is something to learn. Keep the dialogue and questions coming. Until next time…….


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Liberty and Justice Bald Eagles: Learning Episode #3

Please check out our project page – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/

You can view the other learning videos – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/Eagle+Learning+Videos

We still need people to help document the journey of the eaglets, food, and day to day activities here http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/2013+Eaglets and here http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/2013+Eaglet+Food+Chart

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Eaglets Day 6: Sunshine and Feeding(well, for some)

I have not had much time to watch the eagles today being the last day before spring break here at my school. However, this afternoon I was able to check in and see the eaglets enjoying the sunshine.

Some feeding was going on, but #2 did not get any food. This bothers some people, but I think he/she will be just fine. I will be creating a new learning episode this weekend to discuss this topic and more. I hope you have enjoyed the first two. If you missed them you can check them out here – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/home

The above link takes you to our project page for school. You can see in the sidebar a link to Eagle Learning Videos as well as other things we are charting. Please help us out if you want. We are trying to crowd source the documentation of eating and what food is brought into nest. Feel free to join us and help us out.

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Bald Eagle Student Showcase: Video of Presentations and Link to Visuals

Here is a video link to some of the student projects from our ALCOA Eagle Eye to the World Showcase. 30 students from the Bettendorf ELP program in grades 4 and 5 presented an independent study project on one aspect of bald eagles.

Here is a link to the video – http://youtu.be/3PxDIW19g0I

This is the link to our bald eagle global project page as well as all things we have done with the eagles – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/Final+Showcase

Feel free to check out all the things on the site above.

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Day 5 of Eaglets: Feeding and Learning Video #2

Eagle Learning Episode #2 – http://youtu.be/2pGHmpX-XkY

Subject Matter

  • Shooting
  • Liberty Identification
  • General Eagle Facts
  • Native American current events in regards to eagle feathers
  • Endangered List
  • Lack of thermo system
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Size of talons

This video captures eating times recorded from March 20th while I record over the video things we have learned the last few days. Hope you enjoy and always feel free to ask questions and provide new things for us to share.

Don’t forget to visit our project page – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/home

We are adding items every single day!
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Liberty and Justice: Snacking on Squirrels For Breakfast

This morning my son and I turned the Bald Eagle Camera on to check the eagles. My son is starting to be engaged in this wonderful camera and sharing things at school. We had a nice surprise feeding while eating breakfast. As we ate pancakes the eagles were snacking on a delicious squirrel. It is always so cool to watch them engage in feeding and survival in the nest. Happy morning to all. I look forward to the rest of the day.

This was right around 7 am this morning.

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