The School Tour Project was the first project in the virtual exchange between Essex, Brussels, Lille and Narbonne. In this project, students from Essex HS made short videos to introduce their school to their French and Belgian counterparts. The students are in French III, are about 15 years old, and have studied French for approximately two years. They used flip cameras and Windows Movie Maker to make the videos. Most of the students had not made movies before, so they were learning about filming, editing and narration as they worked. Find a compilation of student videos in this album on Vimeo
In The BIO Project, American students of the French language created short videos to introduce themselves to their French-speaking counterparts in Belgium and France. Their 2 ½ minute videos were supposed to be a snapshot about the student, featuring their school, interests, family, or friends. The best bios are posted: Click here to check out the projects on Vimeo!
- Essex High School: First U.S. School to Join European Union Program
In founding VIA, Jill Prado has helped Essex High School become the first eTwinning partner school in the United States. eTwinning is a virtual community for schools in Europe to conduct project-based learning under the auspices of the European Commission. eTwinning counts 170,000 members representing 25 different languages. eTwinning is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program.
- Lycée Louise Michel features VIA on the secondary school’s website.
Explanation: The project’s title is “A Virtual Exchange: Language and Culture Across the Border and Across the Atlantic.” Click here.
- The European Union eTwinning 2013 newsletter, Bulletin d’information eTwinning in Belgium, featured VIA.
- VIA Presentation and Publication at the 2013 International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain.
Jill Prado’s article on the linking of the international teaching and learning community through the virtual environment and technology enablers of the 21st century was presented and published at the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain in July 2013
- Chittenden Central Supervisory Union features VIA in its June newsletter.
- Seven Days, Vermont’s online independent newspaper, features VIA and other Rowland Foundation projects
- Lycée Denis Diderot features VIA on the secondary school’s website. The project’s title is “A Virtual Exchange: Language and Culture Across the Border and Across the Atlantic.” Click here
- The eTwinning April 2013 newsletter, the Bulletin d’information eTwinning in Belgium, featured VIA.