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Thursday, July 28 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Students Leaving a Legacy: A Student Created Digital Wiki Textbook

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Imagine if students, thirty miles apart, could collaborate on their own digital textbook. Now imagine students receive no grade for their work. Imagery, podcasts, texts, PowerPoints, hyperlinks and more all created by students and for the world. In this presentation, we will focus on how we built a 21st century learning environment between two school districts; one with a 1-to-1 laptop program and the other with a computer lab. We will explain how we built a common curriculum that engages and empowers our students to collaborate, communicate and disseminate their story of world history using Skype, GoogleDocs and Wikispaces. Our students’ efforts, over the past five years, have resulted in the creation of a living, digital textbook. Engaged with curriculum, motivated by a desire to understand the world in which they live and leaving digital footprints worth following.


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D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
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Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year... Read More →

Thursday July 28, 2011 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Berkeley/Clarendon - 2nd Floor

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