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ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014

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ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014

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Welcome teachers!! Please JOIN and then use this discussion to introduce yourself to the other teacher participants in the ISCFC. In so doing, you can practice posting and commenting on other posts.

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Olafur Einarsson, Feb. 11, 2014

Hi everyone, my name is Ólafur Einarsson and I am teaching biology at Fjölbrautaskóli Suðurlands (Sudurland College). We are now participating in this excellent project for the third time and this time with about 50 students. This year we are with some other schools participating in a Comenius project (http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/comenius/comenius_en.php) called SUSI (Sustainable Islands, http://iesnuevaisletatonygallardo.org/SUSI/), I hope those schools are also on board in ISCFC as well.

I have one question regarding the Einztein web, if it is going to be abolished, would it be possible to move the student discussion to a group on Facebook or Google+? I guess most students are already there and are very familiar to those websites and it should be easier for them to participate in discussions in that kind of “environment”…

Some students had problems signing in to the Einztein web despite sending in their sign in requests yesterday.

Best wishes, Ólafur Einarsson

Olafur Einarsson
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  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Feb. 11, 2014
    A warm welcome back to you Olafur! It's great that you are coordinating with the Comenius project. To answer your question, we are hoping to transfer the past Einztein sessions to preserve them for use in future sessions. We would like to hear from teachers to know what features are most important for your classes.
  • Juan José Florido Juan José Florido Feb. 11, 2014
    Hi everybody! I'm Juanjo Florido, teacher of Physics in Gran Canaria, one of the Canaries. This is our first time here and I hope our students participate in the discussions over here. Special regards to Olafur and people collaborating at http://susiproject.org.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Feb. 11, 2014
    Hi Olafur - we are seeking a new home for the project and we will be back in touch soon about our searches and ideas and getting your input.

    As for your students' troubles, I am sorry that the site is not operating 100% right now. Please send me an email with the names (and emails) of your students and I will see what happened to their registrations.

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Jason Hodin, Feb. 4, 2014

Greetings Feb 2014 ISCFC teachers! The February session is now officially open and we have our first pin on the map, from new participant Constance Bierfeld and her Environmental Science students from Allegany-Limestone Central School in Allegany, NY,USA. Fantastic!

Whose pin will be next?

Jason Hodin
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Feb. 8, 2014
    On the map today, updated pins from returning teachers: Doris Furlan & Sandra Grmek and their English students at School Centre Srečko Kosovel Sežana in Sežana, Slovenia; Irena Lauzadiene and her English students at Rokiskis J.Tumas-Vaizgantas gymnasium, Romuva subdivision in Rokiskis, Lithuania; and Nicole Loomis and her AP Environmental Science students from Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, CA, USA - just down the road from Stanford main campus. Wonderful! Welcome back to you all, and we look forward to hearing from your students here.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Feb. 11, 2014
    My apologies with getting behind on reporting the new & updated pins!

    We now have the following new participants on the map:
    Giuseppe Tecleme & Edoardo Bella and their students from Liceo Scientifico “Guglielmo Marconi” in Sassari, Sardegna, Italy; Dr. Tyson Harty and his AP Environmental Science students from Jasper County High School in Monticello GA, USA; and Sébastien Cathala and his Geography students from Lycee Hyacinthe Bastaraud in Grand-Bourg on Guadaloupe island.
    Welcome to you all!

    We also have updated pins now from returning ISCFC schools:
    Hermenegild Maria i Femenia and his 'Science in the Contemporary World' students from IES Historiador Chabàs in Dénia (Marina Alta, País Valencià), Spain; and Nicole Gasior and her Geography students from St Michael Gymnasium in Bad Münstereifel, Germany.


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Alison Hahs, Oct. 17, 2013

Hello everyone! I am Alison Hahs and I teach at Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, Pennsylvania. I teach a Forest and Field Ecosystem course in the new Green STEM Center and this is my first time of involvement with the ISCFC. Since this is a new center, I have had difficulty obtaining computers to allow my students to access this site. Every day I think I have it worked out and something seems to happen; therefore, my students may not be able to post this year. I am hopeful that today they will be able to finally enter their data that they have collected. Thanks for all the neat ideas that many of you have shared!

Alison Hahs

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Lorraine Perez, Oct. 14, 2013

Greetings All, My name is Lorraine Perez and I teach in Russellville, AL. It is great to read all of your posts. We have had trouble (again) with our computers having access to this site. I am not sure my students will be allowed to post.
On another note, some of you have some really great ideas and I will have to add them to my ever growing “to try” list. :)

Lorraine Perez
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Chris Sikich, Oct. 11, 2013

Hello, my name is Chris Sikich and I am a science teacher at Sun Valley High School in Aston, PA, USA. I would love to continue sharing information and collaborating beyond this window of data collection. I teach a Sustainable Energy class and will have students keep a journal about their day to day impact and any changes they make so that they can reduce their footprint. Let me know how you would like to collaborate! Thanks!!

Chris Sikich

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Liana Gertzer, Oct. 9, 2013

Hi everyone. I was unable to log in until this week, but my ninth grade Biology students participated last week and I’m sending the data in. We’re in New City, NY.

Liana Gertzer
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 9, 2013
    Welcome Liana! Looking forward to seeing the data and meeting your students here.

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Karen Meyer, Oct. 8, 2013

Did someone say there is a way to get an email every time one of your students writes a post? If so, how would I go about setting that up?

Karen Meyer
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 9, 2013
    Dear Karen,

    That was Anna and her school is on vacation right now- so I'll answer what I *think* she meant.

    If you yourself join all of the discussions, then you will get an email whenever *anyone* posts in any of those discussions, including your students. I.e. — a LOT of emails to sort through in a session like this one :)

    I think the better approach is to have every student in your class go to their learning group page (they do this by pressing the “Learning Group” link when logged in at the upper right corner of any page on Einztein) and copying down the URL.

    You can then compile a list of all of your students' learning group page URLs, and check on their progress. You can see all of their posts. Unfortunately, while you can see the number of 'comments' that they have made on others' posts, you cannot click a link to find those comments.

    Your students would have to tell you where to look for such comments— this is something we are hoping can be updated on Einztein at some point.

  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 9, 2013
    sorry I meant “Learning Profile” link at the upper right corner!!
  • Karen Meyer Karen Meyer Oct. 11, 2013
    Jason, thanks so much for the information. I asked students to send me the URL for their posts. You are correct…if they make a comment on another post, I was unable to click on that and track it. That's ok! I can work around that!

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Hi, all!
I was wondering how this cooperarion could be continued after Einztein and I found an idea, but it can take place only between European teachers and classes. We could extend this project to an E-twinning project , working on data that we sellect from the ISCFC. Is there any european colleague, interested in something like this? Last year i was involved in a Comenius Project but I am always open to new challenges.
Please contact me here , or e-mail me at


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Pia Davidsson, Oct. 3, 2013

My name is Pia and I teach at a senior high school in Lund, Sweden. I am a first-timer and we are just getting started. I wonder how the discussions online with the students work. Will we connect with a class from another country or just more randomly let your students enter different discussions?
Best Regards, Pia

Pia Davidsson
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 4, 2013
    Yes, thanks Anna! I'll just add that it is up to you, but we think it works best if you let your students participate in whatever ISCFC discussions they are drawn to. They can also start their own discussion topics. Another way to follow your students is to have them email you the URL from their “Learning Profile” page (see the link at the upper right of each page). That way you can follow each students progress.
  • Pia Davidsson Pia Davidsson Oct. 4, 2013
    Thank you, Anna och Jason!
  • Pam Miller Pam Miller Oct. 7, 2013
    Hi Pia, Teachers have used the Einztein discussions in a variety of ways. Some assign a few discussions that relate to topics that are more directly tied to their course. Others have given students more latitude to choose the discussions that they feel most passionately about. One teacher Kim Scoville from Texas gives students a rubric (listed under #4 in PARTICIPATE on the ISCFC webpage) to let them know how a grade for Einztein discussions will be determined. In any case, it is very helpful to let students know that you will be able to see their contributions by reviewing their Learning Profile.
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Louise Allen, Oct. 2, 2013

Hello, Louise here from the UK. I am a Science Technician and run our Eco Schools club. We are rather late entrants to this project unfortunately and so will only be running a pilot with a few students from our club this time but we hope to extend it next time to many more. We looked at the current worldwide footprints in our last meeting and were fascinated by the results. It will be very interesting to see how our students compare.

Best wishes from Cornwall

Louise Allen

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