Learning through Global Collaboration & Peer Review
March 19, 2006
Connect to Science Project Begins!

Connect2ScienceThe Connect to Science Collaborative is designed to allow our student participants to have firsthand access to real scientists, researchers, doctors, and engineers.  Students can directly ask questions of our practitioner participants through this collaboration.  And from time to time, as their busy schedules permit, these real world scientists, researchers, doctors, and engineers will log in and answer our students' questions.  They may even post about their day-to-day, life-in-their-field-of-expertise challenges, routines, accomplishments, or issues.

Student participants, and anyone else in the world who wishes to follow the collaborative, will want to subscribe to this project's RSS feed.  (For more information, click on the link, "Subscribe to this project's feed" at the bottom of the sidebar on the right.)  In this way students can monitor the project without having to visit it every day.  When new questions or answers to questions are posted, the RSS will notify the student.  More information on setting up an RSS Aggregator are available at this link.

So How Does This Work for Mabry Student Participants?
Students who wish to participate must contact one of the teacher's sponsoring the project and give the teacher the Parent Permission to Participate form.  General participation guidelines are available at this link.  The teacher sponsors are listed below.  Once approved, the teacher assigns approved student authors a UserID and a Password and gives them the URL to be used for logging in.  Students may then submit their carefully thought-out and well-written questions by logging in to the collaborative using the information provided to them.

All questions submitted by approved student authors are reviewed by the teachers supervising the project.  If a given question is considered appropriate, well-crafted, and significant, the question is then posted to the collaborative by the teachers.  From time to time the participating scientists, researchers, doctors, and engineers will log in and answer the questions.

All questions and answers may also receive comments from anyone in the world.  Only comments that fall within the purpose of the project will be considered for publication by the teachers working with the project.

So How Does This Work for Non-Mabry Student Participants?
Students who do not attend Mabry Middle School are also welcomed to participate until the project is closed for participation.  Students who attend other schools must have a certified educator from their school agree to help sponsor the project.  The guidelines for non-Mabry student participation are available at this link.  General participation guidelines are available at this link.

Teacher Sponsors for the Connect2Science Collaborative
This project is presently sponsored by two of our 7th grade Life Sciences teachers:  Mrs. Kulkarni, and Ms. Larkin.  To contact either collaborative sponsor, just click on their name.

January 8, 2006
The Shift Key

Student FictionWe have some excellent writers at Mabry Middle School. The purpose of The Shift Key is to provide an international distribution system for some of our most skilled fictional work. My hope is that one of tomorrow's great authors will first be published here! The contact for publication in The Shift Key is any of our Language Arts teachers or Mrs. Hendrix, our media specialist.

Visit The Shift Key at this link.

The Virtual Media Center

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Our virtual Media Center is like a regular Media Center, but it has a twist: you don't check work out of the media center. You put work in to the Media Center, your work--for everyone in the world to read.

The purpose of The Virtual Media Center is to provide students with an avenue to publish exemplary, student-written non-fiction work. The Virtual Media Center contact person is our own media specialist, Mrs. Gail Hendrix. If you have outstanding non-fiction work you wish to publish, see her about having your project added to these stacks.

Visit The Virtual Media Center at this link.

Sweat Mountain Environmental Impact Study

RatransThis extraordinary project, which began in 2004, is an ongoing collaboration among the 7th grade Life Sciences teachers, the Mabry Science Club, the Rivers Alive Watershed Clean-up and Educational group, the Cobb County Adopt-a-Stream program, the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Service, and the Keep Cobb Beautiful organization. The project received an $11,000 grant in 2004. Their work has been recognized with the first place award in the Youth Environmental Symposium, sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy.2004Yeslogo

The purpose of the project is to conduct a detailed, ongoing study of the flora, fauna, environmental and sociological issues in Sweat Mountain Park, which is contiguous to our school property. In addition to keeping detailed records of the water quality and plant and animal life in the park, semi-annual clean up and maintenance events, wildlife demonstrations, lunch in the park, and movie-making activities are scheduled for the whole family and our greater community. These events have proven to be great fun for the whole family in addition to meeting an important environmental need in our community. The movies of past events have been shared with a sing-along for young students at two of our elementary schools on Earth Day.

The Mabry Global Learning Collaborative will feature information and data related to this ongoing community collaboration. If you are interested in participating in this project, you may contact any of the Mabry science teachers; however, Mrs. Carroll, who actually began the project, will serve as your primary contact.

Visit the Sweat Mountain Environmental Impact Study at Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative at this link.

January 6, 2006
Mrs. Miceli's Student Family Heritage Projects

Recently, Mrs. Miceli's Social Studies students did a fascinating study of their family ancestry.  The students brought in pictures and artifacts considered special to their family heritage.  These items were scanned in to the computer and imported into iMovie.  The students then learned to use this exciting digital technology to create movies of their family heritage.  Digital storytelling is an important means of conveying family history and values.

Presented in this project are two of the students' digital stories of their family heritage.

Jekyll Island, 2006

JekyllOur 7th grade Life Science students go on a science expedition to study the ecology of Jekyll Island, an area with rich bio-diversity on the Atlantic coast of Georgia.  This collaborative will allow our students and parents to communicate information before and during the trip.  Once the expedition is underway, a rich photo journal will be included to document the students' learning experiences.  Stay tuned to this link for the latest information related to the trip. 

Mr. Swanson is the contact for this project.

Antarctica McMurdo Station Collaboration

EmperorWelcome to the Antarctica Research Team Collaboration. This project collaboration is jointly sponsored by Mr. Chris Swanson, Mabry Instructional Lead Teacher, and Ms. Jean Pennycook, who will serve as our Polar Education Coordinator. This collaboration will be nothing short of an educational adventure! Ms. Pennycook is stationed at the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica. The station is located on Ross Island at the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, and is the largest US research base in Antarctica. Click here for a map showing the location of the station.

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The center of activity at the station is the scientists and their projects, but there are also many people who are there to run the station: everything from cooks to carpenters, firemen to crane operators. This town supports about 1,000 members. They all live in dorms, eat in a common dining room, have a hospital, and a post office.

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The purpose of this collaboration is to share the science and the adventure of living and working in the unique environment of the station with our Mabry students. Right now there is a Russian ice breaker off the shore churning up the sea ice so the supply ship can come in. Only one ship comes in a year and brings all the supplies for the next 12 months.

If you have any questions about Antarctica, you may post them here for Ms. Pennycook, Mabry's own Polar Education Coordinator at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica! To go to the Antarctica McMurdo Station Collaboration and start learning, just click here!

Mrs. Abrams' Virtual Language Arts Class

Mrs. Abrams, the contact for this project, has selected a number of 7th grade students to participate in her virtual Language Arts class.  These students will publish many of their assignments and special projects here in the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative for world-wide peer review.  To explore this unique classroom without walls, click here.

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