Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IJWC adviser speaks at Asian webinar-workshop

Responding to the invitation to share some tools that teachers could use during the COVID-19 crisis, the IJWC adviser spoke at a webinar-workshop sponsored by the Philippines' Department of Education, Schools Division of Dapitan City and the Philippine Science High School, Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus on May 18-29, 2020. In separate sessions, the IJWC adviser shared with teachers some offline educational games through Google Classroom and demonstrated to teachers how to use Screencastify, Loom, and Kialo. Participating teachers created their own offline games and got to experience for the first time how to use Google Classroom, Screencastify, Loom, and Kialo. Other personalities who shared their expertise and other offline and online teaching tools during the two-week webinar-workshop were officials of the Department of Education and alumni of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (DAI) and the Fulbright International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP).



Wednesday, June 17, 2020

IJWC members discuss about COVID-19

As their last collaborative activity before school closure, members of the International Junior Writers Club discussed about COVID-19, addressing the UN-identified global sustainable goal of good health and well being. Alternative students of Odessa, TX researched online about COVID-19 and described the global data mathematically. They were unanimous, presenting that the COVID-19 growth was best described by exponential function. The students with their international learning partners read the online article Coronavirus Maps and Charts and other online news articles about the global pandemic and did some deep reflection. They then wrote an essay explaining the facts and myths about COVID-19 and ways to prevent and prepare for it. Through Flipgrid, students discussed their essays with the group. Their discussion made them become more aware and proactive in dealing with the disease.







Saturday, February 29, 2020

Alternative Education students comment on Asian math videos

Alternative Education students of Odessa, TX gave their feedback on mathematics videos created by students of Dapitan City National High School, Dapitan City, Philippines. Alternative Education students watched the videos and wrote their comments about the videos. The videos were part of the math project in the mathematics classes of teachers Jasmin Balladares and Julie Anne Gallosa. Asian students were videotaped while demonstrating and explaining mathematical processes on topics such as dividing polynomials, arithmetic and geometric sequences, permutations and combinations, dependent and independent events, angles and arcs, etc. American students explained in writing what they had learned from the videos and what they could suggest to improve the videos. As an extension of the activity, American students used no-face and password-protected Flipgrid to record their comments on Asian math videos and interact with their international learning partners.




Friday, January 31, 2020

Alternative Education students edit Spanish freestyle stories

Students from the Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX revised and edited freestyle stories of students from Murcia, Spain. Under the mentorship of teacher Trini Serrano Diaz, Spanish students wrote stories about themselves, their travels, and other fiction and nonfiction stories. Emphasis was their use of simple past tense and past continuous tense. Aside from looking at the correct usage of the focused tenses of the verb, Alternative Education students revised and edited the stories using ARMS and CUPS strategy.


Sunday, December 15, 2019

US students study Spain floods

Alternative students of Odessa, TX studied flash floods in Eastern Spain, addressing one of the global goals for sustainable development -- climate action. Odessa students researched news online, collected data, and described the winds that caused the recent flash floods in the regions of Murcia, Valencia, and Andalucia using equations, tables, graphs, and verbal descriptions. They also compared Eastern Spain flooding with the worst flooding they had experienced locally. Odessa, TX is in the Chihuahuan Desert, and it seldom rains in the area. However, heavy rains and winds sometimes cause floods and hail storms in the city and neighboring towns. After their study, US students shared with Spain through Padlet some feasible climate actions to help combat Spain's climate change. Students from Murcia, Spain read US students' suggestions and responded to the recommendations.