TeacherCast visits RM Bacon Elementary School
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On November 15, TeacherCast invaded RM Bacon Elementary School in Millville New Jersey. Bacon principal Dr. Spike Cook, a friend of mine, invited me to come spend a day with his school and talk to his staff about TeacherCast and how I share it with the world. After a bit of discussion and brainstorming, we had planed a full day of staff development as well as TeacherCast magic.
The resulting schedule was an absolute whirlwind of activities that included visits to 6 class rooms, 2 mystery Skypes, partaking in a Thanksgiving Feast for the ages, a 40 min TeacherCast demonstration to the Bacon Staff, and a fully student run live broadcast of RM Bacon’s first video podcast.
RM Bacon meets Cybraryman
Of the many wonderful events that happened during the day was the two Mystery Skype sessions with my good friend Jerry Blumengarten (@Cybraryman1). Jerry is a long time teacher from New York and is now happily retired living in Florida. In our first session, a 1st grade class was greeted by Jerry speaking French. It was very adorable. They didn’t know what to think when this strange figure came up on the whiteboard. After some help from Dr. Cook, they each took a turn asking questions trying to narrow down where their mystery guest was from. In the second session, one of Bacon’s Fourth Grade classes had the opportunity to meet with Jerry. ”Is it warm where you are?” asked one of the students. “It’s warm inside, but not outside” answered Jerry. The kids had a great time and fun was had by all.
Live from 5th Grade…. it’s …. The Fifth Graders!
The big project of the way was to have a completely student run and driven visual experience. This week, the students discussed with their teacher the art form of interviewing. They each wrote questions, practiced asking each other, and even did a mock interview with Dr. Cook over the internet with Cook in his office. This set the stage for my arrival today.
Seeing that the students were already prepared with their questions, we discussed the various ways of asking questions and formulating follow up questions. They were taught how to hold a microphone by speaking into their “magical pencils.” The students were having fun and were really interested in interviewing each other.
One of the students, Layla, was chosen to be the host for our video podcast. She and I worked hard at formulating questions for a panel that included principal Dr. Cook, Super Intendant Dr. Gentile, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Moore.
I am happy to report that the show was a complete success. The students asked questions, interviewed their upper administrators, and were in charge of the video as well. All of the days programs are archived on our podcast and blog page.
In the end, I wish to thank Dr. Spike Cook, and the entire staff of RM Bacon Elementary School for inviting me into their school with open arms. Todays days has truly been an inspiring one that I will never forget.