Today the high school teachers and students met with Mrs. Petty to discuss the project, go over the guidelines for cross-age peer mentors and the schedule.  We also talked about how we would communicate and collaborate using Google docs and Skype.

These high school students should have a basic background knowledge of Missoula history and should have the following skills:
  • how to perform Internet searches
  • how to locate and analyze primary sources
  • how to use collaboration tools such as Google docs, Skype, Dropbox, etc.
  • how to use Library research tools (Microfilm readers, Northwest Digital Archives search engine, genealogical search engines)
  • how to use Google Earth
  • how to use a GPS unit
  • how to use a camera to take still photos and video recordings
  • how to conduct an oral history interview
  • how to create a photostory/video
  • how to role-play an individual from the perspective of that person
Mrs. Petty gave a summary of the project, and discussed the goals and objectives.  She said that her third grades students were very excited about the project.  With this said, she spent some time going over the guidelines for cross-age peer mentors.  She explained to to the high schools students that they are powerful role models to the third graders.  She explained that they need to model positive behavior and attitudes and that it is quite possible for her students to develop a "crush" on them.  She explained that if this were to happen, that they should maintain a professional distance between themselves and the third grader.  She went on to explain appropriate physical contact and interaction outside of school with the third graders.

You will find all of the documents related to the discussion from today under Documents.

What an exciting day!  Joe Fischer held a lunch meeting for interested social students students to explain the project.  He had about 15 students show up interested in the project.  This was a great start.

I also Skyped with Margaret Petty later in the afternoon to see how the process worked.  I sat at my teacher station at Sentinel High School and she used an iPad.  We decided to use Google Docs for creating and storing materials.  We created nine folders, one for each team.  We also created a folder for students to exchange information and documents and a folder for the public to provide us with documents.  We decided to use Google Docs for collaboration and recording our research.  Everything worked well, so I feel we got a good start with the technology we will be using.

We plan to have Margaret Petty meet with the high school students to further explain their role in the project.  We will then have  the Social Studies students meet face-to-face with the third graders to get the process rolling.  Each team will given the name of a Missoula person that they will have to research.