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Arts-Infused Charter School will be a Game-Changer in Florida’s Glades Region

4 Oct

I am so excited to share about this school opening with you all!
Last summer, my consulting team worked tirelessly (literally several all-nighters pulled) to help write a charter school proposal for an arts-infused elementary/middle school in Florida’s Glades region, a more rural and underserved community in western Palm Beach County.
We took on this project because we believe Covenant Arts Academy’s unique, holistic approach to education will increase engagement, academic performance, graduation rates, higher-ed participation, JOY, and HOPE for students in this area… results that were already being seen through the school founders’ arts-based after-school program, Street Beat (http://streetbeatincorporated.org/about-us/).
 
This morning, we learned that the charter was approved unanimously! I am thrilled for the Glades community and for the students that will benefit from this innovative curricular model.
My biggest takeaway from this experience: If you have a vision for helping students in a unique or innovative way, share it, explore it, build a team around it. Diverse students need diverse solutions… maybe you’ll be the next one to bring hope to students who need it most!
 
“The [Palm Beach County School Board] considered a third charter, Covenant Arts Academy, vital to filling a need for some of the county’s most remote students.
 
“The nearest arts middle school option for students in the Glades region is 39 miles away and is an audition-based magnet school,” the school wrote in its charter application. “These geographical and access challenges significantly limit potential access for interested students in the Glades region.”
 
Board members agreed, approving the school unanimously.
 
The combined elementary and middle school is expected to open in Belle Glade and promises to integrate arts into all of its classes . It aims to enroll 590 students by its fifth year and would instruct students in music, dance and drama.””

Interview with Megan Power – Innovative 3D Educator!

12 Jun

Megan Power3D Movie-Making? In Kindergarten? Although this might sound crazy to some, to Megan Power this is just a small example of what her students are capable of! In her eleventh year of teaching in Poway Unified School District in San Diego, California, she has been an innovative technology integrator. This is her sixth year making movies with her students, but last year marked their first year working in 3D… and it was a great success! Their film “Flashback in Time” won two San Diego County Office of Education Innovative Video in Education (SDCOE iVIE) awards in the K-2 and People’s Choice divisions.

So, what does Megan have to say about teaching and learning in stereoscopic 3D? Let’s find out!

Q: How long have you been working with 3D technologies and in what capacity?
Megan: I have been using stereoscopic 3D in my classroom for 1 year.

Q: What made you decide to integrate 3D teaching and learning into your classroom?
Megan: My kindergarten class was writing and filming a movie about decades in history last year and we wanted our audience to feel like they were really in the past. Our original idea was to film in 3D so the movie would be more realistic and allow viewers to experience the past with “future” technology. When researching the 20s, 50s, and 80s we found that 3D was around at those time periods. This finding became a very important piece that was threaded in our movie. 3D also gave the students a chance to learn about our sense of sight and about different perspectives.This directly connected to our comprehension work on inference and character perspectives.

Q: In what ways have you found 3D technologies innovative, unique and/or helpful in education?
Megan: 3D is exciting and engaging. Because it is so close to real life students remember concepts and content more. It brings a whole new depth to learning and video.

Q: What are your thoughts on student use (K-12 or college) of 3D technologies?
Megan: Any type of filming project with students is powerful. When you give students another dimension to work in, the project gets that much better. Students really have to think about the content and about the process of filming on a deeper level when creating in 3D. I would like to experiment more with 3D content in the classroom and am excited to see more students’ 3D projects.

Q: How can readers find out more about your work?
Megan: People can find out more by watching our movie on YouTube.

Flashback in Time 3D