Grade Cluster – 6-8
NETS-S - 2 - Communication and Collaboration

Collaborative Geography: Creating an Interactive Map of Vermont

During a four-week collaboration students from around the state will work together to create an interactive Google Earth map of Vermont. The map will include information about the geography of each region of the state delivered in a multimedia format.

Cultural Investigations

Chittenden County's student population is growing more diverse, as families move in from all over the world. As part of a study of world geography and cultures, student teams select a country and work together to research aspects of the country's culture including education, religion, politics, government, and holidays/cultural traditions, as compared to the United States. Students conduct research using the Internet and through communication with other students (in the country they are studying) via email, wikis, and videoconferencing. They create online resources such as websites, wikis, podcasts, videos, or multimedia posters using Glogster to be shared with families relocating to the area.

Carry Me to the Park: Digital Field Guides for Mills Riverside Park

Students at Browns River Middle School work with experts from the University of Vermont and the State of Vermont Department of Natural Resources to research animal and plant life, geology, pond and stream ecology or other scientific areas of interest as they study science and park stewardship at Mills Riverside Park. The final product of their study is a collection of digital field guides for visitors that can be downloaded to a digital device and referred to during a park visit.