"Math-MusicTV" Connects Students Globally

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2009) – A University of South Florida program is behind a class trip from Tampa Bay to Great Britain – via Skype – for the premiere of several MTV-inspired films Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. A group of 75 sixth graders from Learning Gate Community School in Lutz will discuss the films they produced for what they are calling Math-Music Television with fellow students at a school in Cambridge, England.  The American students’ counterparts from Cambridgeshire County Schools will be tuning in toward the end of their school day as it will be 2 p.m. in England.     


USF Associate Professor Jenifer Schneider, the driving force behind this project, was the supervisor at a British Schools Experience in Childhood Education and Literacy Studies program last summer and made contact with a technology teacher who wanted to start an exchange with students in the United States.  She teaches in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at USF and her research focuses on the study of children’s writing development and effective writing instruction, including the use of process drama and children’s literature. There were 34 pre-service teachers in USF’s elementary education program participating in the program as well.


“The purpose of this project was to develop sixth graders’ composing skills and pre-service teachers’ instructional skills as they worked together to create movies about curricular topics – in this instance, math,” said Schneider. 


“Over a period of five weeks, the sixth graders traveled to USF to work with the pre-service teachers in small groups. Through instruction on the techniques of filmmaking (visual literacy), both the pre-service teachers and the sixth graders learned the qualities of good films and how movies are developed and created. The movie-making process focused on developing the students’ composing skills and visual literacy skills while simultaneously allowing them to explore math content. Technology supports these goals.”

The films can be seen on iTunes at:  http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/usf.edu.1830413840.02788122302.2780983414?i=1494017000



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