Hiram College

Five early childhood education students, along with instructor Jennifer McCreight, are presenting at Ohio’s Educational Technology Conference on Feb. 15, 2012.

McCreight and the students (Chelsea Kovach ’13, Haley Mattice ’13, Chelsa Roach ’13, Emily Shick ’13, and Lyndsay Witmer ’13) have been engaged in a distance learning project with second graders in Georgia, and will be presenting on their work. McCreight is attending the conference in Columbus, and the students will be Skyping in from Hiram.

During the Fall 2011 semester, the Hiram students, with the second graders, engaged together in literacy activities around the same book (Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave) through the use of written correspondence, a Weebly Page (including Smart Board activities) and a Skype session.

“The activities were created by students here at Hiram, in order to enrich the literacy experience for the second graders, and then the second graders were able to share their thoughts on the project with us,” McCreight said.

On the Hiram students’ end, it allowed them to learn about students’ reading and writing levels, backgrounds and interests. On the Georgia second graders’ end, it was a chance to look into available technologies (Smart Board software on student computers) and teacher/student availability.