This fall, a classroom at the Island Village School Montessori Charter School in Venice, Florida has been participating in the Global Virtual Classroom, an on-line project that seeks to develop cross-cultural communication and collaborative skills by pairing schools around the world in research challenges. Island Village Montessori has been matched with a school in Arizona and another one in India in this cooperative contest.
Their topic: water resources around the world.
Students in the Island Village classroom will focus their research on conditions in the Azawak. To share data gathered by her students with the other classrooms, teacher Mary Beth Sullivan set up a blog. The blog, also serves to raise awareness about the lack of water resources in the Azawak by linking to the Montessori Amman Imman blog and the Amman Imman website. You can view the GVC Island Village Water Blog by clicking here.
Ultimately, the “classroom” team of three schools will create a web page that will display the results of their research. The web page will be entered in a contest.
Mary Beth had a dual purpose in suggesting that their study focus on worldwide water resources. Besides the relevance of water as a global topic, she wanted to attract more attention towards Amman Imman.
Says Mary Beth, “Everytime we work on a lesson, I show the Amman Imman pages to the student so they are reminded of our purpose in studying water.”
The final product website will link to Amman Imman as well as to the Montessori blog.
(Several years ago, Island Village participated in the website challenge contest and won third place for their level in a study of human needs.)