1. Eric Hamilton
  2. http://ic4.site
  3. Professor and Principal Investigator
  4. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  5. http://www.ic4.site
  6. Pepperdine University
  1. Danielle Espino
  2. IC4 Project Manager
  3. Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching
  4. http://www.ic4.site
  5. Pepperdine University
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 12, 2019 | 09:19 p.m.

    Dear visitors,

    We are pleased to have you view our short video.  We love this project!  In it, students from around the world work together over synchronous video and asynchronous means to co-create both digital and physical STEM artifacts.  We call this "boundary-crossing" collaboration. We are seeking to understand how a digital makerspace that crosses economic, national, cultural or demographic boundaries changes life and learning for the participating collaborators.

    We welcome your contributions to the conversation thread!  If you have suggestions for us, please share them.  This is a "research in service of practice" project, and we welcome theoretical insights, suggestions for implementation, frameworks that you think we should consider, or opportunities for collaborationParticipating students and teachers and project friends are encouraged to share their experience.  NSF is sponsoring a synthesis and design workshop on this type of collaboration as it might appear in future classrooms, so all the more reason for your input.

    Thank you!

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 16, 2019 | 12:57 a.m.

    Hello all!  I want to tag on to Dr. Hamilton's comment-- we love this project.  A huge thanks to all our partners involved across the globe-- teacher leaders, peer facilitators, country coordinators, research team and most of all, our student participants!

    As a special note about the video above-- it was actually put together by two of our IC4 project alumni, Ish and Dante, who are now completing their first year as university students and also help facilitate IC4 global meet-ups.  Very proud of their work on the video and their continuing efforts in the IC4 community!

    Enjoy our video, and we welcome your comments/questions.  Feel free to visit our project at http://ic4.site or our social media pages, Twitter @ic4mediamakers and Instagram @ic4mediamakers

     
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  • May 13, 2019 | 01:09 p.m.

    Can you talk more about the makerspace aspect of the project - how theories and strategies for facilitating makerspaces and for supporting online collaboration have informed your project? In particular, I'm curious about the role of adult facilitators in supporting youth's conversations around co-creating their digital and physical STEM artifacts.

     
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    Shad Wachter

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    May 15, 2019 | 03:55 p.m.

    Camellia,

    I am one of the IC4 teacher leaders at South Fayette School District in Pennsylvania.  The program is designed to be student-driven. My role is to guide students as they select topics, locate resources, and progress through creating their video presentation. Students select topics of interest related to STEM, such as robotics, programming, math concepts, environmental issues, or scientific theories.  We even suggested that students refer to the UN Sustainability Goals for inspiration. We provide students with strategies for researching topics and developing questions to explore.  We point them to resources for creating multimedia products such as Sways, video editing software, and presentation platforms.  These resources might include online tutorials or partnering with peers. Students at South Fayette have a strong background in computer programming and some of our students gravitated towards that topic because the resources they needed, like 3D printers, robots, and coding programs were readily available to them.  When resources were not available, the teacher facilitators assisted in their acquisition. 

    This year, we had students from our site partner with students from Brazil to 3D print and program arduino run motors to make a drawing robot. At our site, the teacher facilitators helped students acquire the arduino and motors. In Brazil, the teacher facilitators taught our students how to wire and program the arduinos, with the help of a translator. A student in Brazil created a 3D model of the drawing robot and sent the files to our site to be printed on our 3D printer.

    We had three students at our site work on an in-house project to create a magic mirror screen using a raspberry pi, monitor, two way mirror, and wood.  The teacher leader provided guidance in the wood shop, but the rest of the project was completed through research and making by the student team.  They documented their work through pictures and video and included that information in their final presentation. The presentation has been shared with the other IC4 teams, who will then provide feedback and critique. 

    It is amazing how students take on a leadership role once their projects have been started.  They learn to ask the right questions, discover their needs, and rely on one another to work through their problems. Being able to present their ideas to others (both teacher leaders and students from other sites) for feedback at multiple points in the creation process provides the opportunity to refine their projects based upon various perspectives.

    I hope this answers your question.  Thank you for watching the video and learning more about IC4!

    Shad Wachter

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:17 p.m.

    Hi Camellia,

     

    Thank you for your comments.  We are a bit outside of the makerspace space, in that we began by studying how teachers changed when they became media-makers, about 10 years ago, and then studied how they and students changed as students became digital media-makers in collaboration with them, relying on theories of self-explanation and self-efficacy.  We did not have a theory base for facilitation, and in fact relied heavily on students facilitating their own global meetups.  The adult facilitators actually spend a lot of time training the students to be peer facilitators.

     
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    Zach Mbasu

    May 15, 2019 | 06:09 p.m.

    Hi Camellia,

     

    Adults facilitators do not give direct explanations but instead make comments and suggestions on students projects. Students have control of their projects and they interact with one another while working and discussing their projects. They turn to adults to share enthusiasm about their projects. The adults would occasionally interject in the form of probing questions, such as "What do you think will happen?" or "How do you think it works?" In some projects, adults facilitators work as part of the team of students on the activity, taking on the role of a group member.

     

    Zach Mbasu

     
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  • May 16, 2019 | 09:02 a.m.

    Thanks! How are you measuring self-efficacy? 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 17, 2019 | 07:33 p.m.

    Hi Camelia,

     

    We are using epistemic network analysis, which gives frequencies of utterances indicating self-efficacy, but more importantly, how self-efficacy arises in discourse related to helping others, to cross-cultural disposition, to a willingness to be helped, and so on.  So it is a form of quantitative ethnography, to cite the name of an influential book we are using.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 03:57 a.m.

    Eric,

    Camelia's question is deep and you've given it an appropriate response. 

    I could have flipped the question to find out from Camelia and others if there are metrics on soft-skills. 

    Ethnography plays an important role. I could add that the stories by IC4 participants in this forum also demonstrates acquisition of self-efficacy. Their self reported growth from "what they were not able to" to "what they managed to do" is a declaration of learning the soft skills. Edwin, Cyrus and other teacher leaders might also share if the gains by learners are observable in other aspects of students life in school. Are the skills transferred beyond IC4

    Self-efficacy is also about "confidence" and "taking initiatives". How do the students participate after encountering "obstacles/ challenges"? How do they react when their projects are critiqued? Do they abandon the projects or improve? Is their an evolution of gaining skills and attitude for resilience?

    These to me are some of the questions that might help in me assuring self-efficacy, besides the existing metrics and tools

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    Jake Foster

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    May 13, 2019 | 03:53 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your work. I am particularly interested in the "boundary-crossing" elements of your work. Besides the obvious country or linguistic boundaries, how do cultural, economic, or social differences play out in the projects students undertake together? It seems that your use of ENA for analysis provides rich opportunities for analysis -- it would be very interesting to learn how those constructs illuminate cultural, economic, and/or social influences on problem solving or solution generation, or how exposure to a different context changes how a student thinks about a problem or design challenge.

    Is the ENA analysis only being applied to the online meet ups, or to the student work prior to and following the meet ups as well? It seems that the online meet ups would be a relatively small portion of what the students engage in to complete a project.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:21 p.m.

    Jake, thank you.  ENA is applied both to the meetups and to their online reflections after the meetups and to interviews.  The cultural, economic, and social differences are heavily at play, and of course are the subject of the project.  A main variable that seems to be of perhaps highest valence in the mix is trust.  Trust does not transcend every other variable, but it does attenuate misunderstandings associated with these differences.  And... kids are curious about kids who differ from then, a point of high leverage.

     
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    Veera Kallunki

    May 16, 2019 | 07:18 a.m.

    Hi Jack,

    I would like to say something more about boundary-crossing based on my experiences on organising the clubs and meet-ups. I have also interviewed the Finnish students. The kids do not seem to care about the cultural etc. differences. All what really matters for them is that if the boundaries of language, technology and time zones are overcome, collaboration is cool and interesting. Language is in fact quite a big boundary even if the students have good language skills. Almost every student which I have interviewed had mentioned this. But at the same time they have been happy that they have had this chance to practice their skills in real situations, in many cases first time in their life.

    Veera Kallunki

     
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  • May 13, 2019 | 06:46 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your project. It is exciting to see opportunities that you were able to explore! I have couple of questions - were students in different countries working on the same or different projects? What was the structure of meet ups - did you have agenda, timeline, or these were more of spontaneous discussions? Were students from different countries collaborating on projects they completed or mostly sharing results of internal collaborations?

     
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    Ateamate Mukabana

    Undergraduate Student
    May 14, 2019 | 12:06 p.m.

    Hi Irina. I am a student leader and a facilitator in IC4. In IC4 we have two levels of collaboration i.e. Level 1 and Level 2. In Level one, students do individual projects. In Level 2 they collaborate with other members from different sites in different countries, working on same projects. These projects might either be an advancement of one of the collaborating member's level 1 project or a new idea that they both agreed to work on. For the meetups, yes we do have agendas. Its always a one hour meetup. During the meetups a maximum of three projects are shared(the projects can either be complete projects from collaboration or an individual, or a project that is underway). Feedback(from the rest of the team) is always given for each project shared.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:22 p.m.

    Ateamate, thank you, and exactly right.  And Irina, Ateamate is a brilliant facilitator of her peers in these global meetups :)

     
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    Ateamate Mukabana

    Undergraduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 05:09 a.m.

    Eric,

    Thank you very much for seeing the potential in me way back when i was still in high school. Being a part of IC4 has really broadened my thinking and helped me grown in each and every aspect of life. Growing from a student to a student leader to facilitator is absolute evidence of growth. Thank you to the whole IC4 team.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 07:35 p.m.

    It will be interesting in a few years to hear your reflections or see ways that the kind of international cooperation you have been fostering as a 17, 18, or 19 year old has shaped your trajectory into adulthood and to the role you will take as one who helps shape the future of east Africa, Ateamate.

     
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    Stephanie Arthur

    Graduate Student
    May 14, 2019 | 09:50 a.m.

    I am interested in the focus on multicultural backgrounds and how you are doing that in an online environment. I enjoyed your video and am inspired by your work.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:23 p.m.

    It is a fascinating area with great promise, no?  Thank you.

     
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    Veera Kallunki

    May 19, 2019 | 05:07 a.m.

    Stephanie,

    it is really nice to offer these students this opportunity to contact people from different countries and cultures. They are really interested in communicating with students "behind the sea" and to learn what kind of life those others have in their countries. I am the country leader of Finland.

    Veera Kallunki

     

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 04:00 a.m.

    Veers,

    Finland has a culture of innovation and we're honoured to have you in the IC4 Project. 

     
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    Veera Kallunki

    May 20, 2019 | 01:07 p.m.

    Thank you, Ateng!

    I have admired your young students’ leadership and collaboration skills in IC4 projects. Also, the way they ask interesting questions while studying the chosen phenomena shows creativity. I definitely want to continue collaboration between Kenya and Finland next fall.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 02:01 p.m.

    Veera,

    You've triggered enhancement of my self-efficacy through the compliments.

    Anyway, I miss the evening in Helsinki when the days were longer than the evenings. Also the trip to Tallin. 

    I know the Video Inquiry Project under Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) had amazing results and student products. When I say the Finnish are innovative, it's not far-fetched!!!

     

    Pass my regards to Prof. Jari M.

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    HELEN WILLIAMS

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 14, 2019 | 10:04 a.m.

    THIS is truly 21st century education. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University is delighted to be a partner in this learning collaborative. It is our hope that many more such partnerships will evolve. Clearly, the world can benefit. Special thanks is offered to Dr. Eric Hamilton, a superstar educator! 

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 14, 2019 | 01:31 p.m.

    Dean Williams, thanks for the confidence you and the team at GSEP have in Eric. A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Pepperdine and witnessed first- hand the excitement of graduate students in the intergenerational and international endeavours by Prof. Hamilton. My visit in Long Beach further illuminated the fact that students yearn to know, to explore and the to collaborate. What a service to humanity if we were to give them authentic and deeply engaging opportunities to pursue their best, regardless of historical or geographical circumstances!!!

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:25 p.m.

    Ateng', thank you, and Dean Williams, thank you.  Ateng' you have said it well: "students yearn to know, to explore and then to collaborate," and it is a privilege and easy to follow that lead.

     
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    Stephanie Arthur

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    May 14, 2019 | 10:12 a.m.

    Agreed.

    I obtained my Master of Science in Education Technology at Pepperdine under the instruction of fantastic professors such as Gary Stager and Margaret Riel. I love following the Wave's continued innovative and intentional work in the field of education. 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:27 p.m.

    Stephanie, I did not intersect Gary in my time, but know he has done great things.  Margaret was a true mentor to me.  I guess I was her supervisor as associate dean, but was fortunate she did not let that get in the way of boundless and gracious intellectual sharing and leadership, without which we never would have come to this project.  Thank you!

     
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    Breanne Litts

    Facilitator
    May 14, 2019 | 01:01 p.m.

    Thanks so much for sharing this project! What a great collaborative project. I'm especially interested in how the online social meetups happen and would like to know more about how these are implemented practically. How do you schedule the meetups across time zones? How are they structured? Who participates?  

    I also wonder how the collaborative projects are selected. Do students pick them? How? Also, how do you facilitate making digital and physical projects across geographic space? 

    I am curious to know more about how you're connecting students across cultures. While I understand there are perhaps some similarities in STEM globally, there are many differences between knowledge systems (e.g., western/eastern/indigenous knowledge systems) and how they conceptualize science, for example. How are students across cultures united without minimizing these very important cultural differences? 

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 15, 2019 | 05:28 p.m.

    Breanne,

    You've quite specific questions that call for more focused answers. My colleagues would provide the responses, but generally, the students are aware of time zones, and occasionally sacrifice to stay late or get up early for synchronous meet-ups. Of course, use of Slack  allows for asynchronous collaboration. There's also an online schedule of upcoming meetings, on Google Sheets. Ateamate, one of the facilitators in Kenya has given some insights into the levels of collaboration and choice of projects.

    On the peculiarities of different contexts vis-à-vis STEM, true, context matters, and different cultures have their perspectives to some aspects of STEM. Nevertheless, the students do research on their projects, sometimes online, and evaluating the information obtained from the Internet. 

    I am sure we'll have some of the participating students provide their perspectives to IC4 for a firsthand practical cycle in an IC4 Project.

    If I was to sum, the role of technology is key in the collaborative work.

    It's humbling to receive such an in-depth comment that's also quite engaging

     
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    Danielle Espino

    Co-Presenter
    May 16, 2019 | 12:01 a.m.

    Ateng did a brilliant job tackling your question, Breanne.  To add on to your last question-- at times, the students do provide self-identified context to their learning (ie a student in Kenya might compare learning in the upcountry areas, and a student in New York, USA elaborate on their reference points) but then reach a joint understanding on a STEM-related topic.  There have been conversations on climate differences, how power is harvested, and the computational thinking behind coding and recognizing its application in analog environments.  In these kinds of conversations, students become aware of different contexts but feel connected through finding the understanding of a STEM concept.

     
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    Veera Kallunki

    May 16, 2019 | 07:57 a.m.

    Hi Breanne,

    you asked about crossing the time zones. One example is that the other side stays at school later, even over night. One Finnish teacher organised a night school in which participating in an online meet-up was one part. The kids came to school 7 p.m. First they had other activities such as cooking the dinner for the whole class, then they prepared for the online meet-up that started at 10 p.m. Because the whole class participated in the night school, all 20 kids also wanted to participate in the meet-up. It was a lot of hustle and bustle, but they loved that! They also continued collaboration afterwards through Slack.

    Veera Kallunki

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 07:37 p.m.

    Theoretically, this question of interest-driven selection of topics is one of the most important.  The entire machinery of collaboration depends on motivation and interest, and coordinating interests has more nuances in it than we expected.  Thank you for your question :)

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:02 a.m.

    Eric,

    Interests and motivation are manifestations of self-efficacy? No?

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    Veera Kallunki

    May 20, 2019 | 01:20 p.m.

    Students have many time expressed their willingness to tell or teach others something what they already know themselves. And they also want to know what the life and surroundings is like ”out there”. This kind of cultural exchange is important and also one target of the IC4 project.

     
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    Margaret riel

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    May 15, 2019 | 02:25 a.m.

    What a great video about work that is so important. This is what can be accomplished when professors move out of the university and commit to working in settings creating real change. Pepperdine is lucky to have a scholar like Eric Hamilton working with them and with the world. And the team of teachers engaged in action research with Allan Feldman is also so impressive. Global project-based learning for kids and action research as a process of teacher continuous learning--this gives me hope that we are moving forward to a more just and humane world. 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 02:34 a.m.

    Eric Hamilton was lucky to have a scholar like Margaret Riel to mentor him.  There is no IC4 without Margaret Riel's influence, just one of many tributaries in your life of consequence.  Humbly, thank you.

     
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    Linda Purrington

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 15, 2019 | 01:18 p.m.

    It has been interesting and inspiring to follow the work that you and IC4 colleagues have accomplished over the past several years. Exciting to see what can be done to improve learning and lives through very purposeful and meaningful collaboration on a global scale.  Intrigued by the trans formative aspect of the collaborative student project-based work.  Thanks for sharing!  Will share this showcase, your project, and others with action research educator colleagues.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 15, 2019 | 04:29 p.m.

    Dr Purrington, you are missed but your imprint on those at Pepperdine will never fade.  Thank you for these kind remarks, and hope to engage AR community more meaningfully with return to the US.  Thank you again.

     
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    Alice Jokodola

    Graduate Student
    May 15, 2019 | 04:05 p.m.

    Working on this project has been amazing. The ideas and projects our IC4 students come with are out of this world. It has been an awesome experience to witness students from around the world collaborate on such detailed and intricate projects. This video does a great job of showing some of the work IC4 students do but their work is truly so much better than this video can contain. Thank you Dr. Hamilton for all the hard work you have done to get IC4 to where is it today. It has been a privilege working with you and the IC4 team. 

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 15, 2019 | 04:31 p.m.

    We are fortunate that you have joined our team, Alice.  I appreciate your comments about the intricacies of the project, such we are striving to couple academic mastery with the socio-cultural competence that the project seeks to build.  We must do this project in Africa's most populous state, somehow, someway!

     
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    May 15, 2019 | 05:07 p.m.

    Eric, 

    I hope you are not referring to Nigeria? Have not met Alice but I'll be fascinated to have IC4 or its other variations spread across Africa!

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 16, 2019 | 11:54 p.m.

    The most populous country is Ethiopia ... after Nigeria indeed!  Kenya is pretty high on the list also.  Need to find variations that will work, indeed!

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:04 a.m.

    Yeah,

     

    Ethiopia almost nearly joins but we are yet to plug it.

    Looking forward to have us collaborate beyond athletics!!!

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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 15, 2019 | 05:04 p.m.

    It's amazing to read responses to the questions.  It's awesomely comforting to hear voices of the facilitators in the US and Kenya complement in a seamless manner, the thoughtful explanations by Eric. It has been my take that the mentorship programme in IC4 is one of its successes. Each time a team of learners graduate from high school, at least in Kenya, some of them take leadership roles to facilitate the meet-ups. This ensures continuity with improvements.

    Eric has already mentioned about self-efficacy as a key outcome among the students in the IC4 Project. Linked to this, is the 'voice and choice' of students in the projects, and metacognitive discourse, within the self and among the collaborators. During one of the recent sessions, I observed students ask a series of questions on their projects - an element of deeper inquiry into the relevant concepts. 

    The teachers and facilitators played a role quite I contrast to the 'usual', providing audience to the learners as they narrate their projects; probing the learners in a non-intrusive manner; prompting doubt through "why" questions. These have been some of the long sought but elusive elements of learning in majority of classrooms

     
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    May 17, 2019 | 07:39 p.m.

    Ateng', interestingly, it is primarily in Kenya where this pattern seems to be taking hold of graduates becoming leaders.  We do have it elsewhere, but it is most pronounced in a land bordering the Indian Ocean.  And thank you for your consistently thoughtful reflections and illuminating observations.

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:07 a.m.

    Eric,

    Most likely it's happening elsewhere, but they are not talking about it. In Kenya, mentorship is key because we strive to have ideas outlive personalities. Probably that explains our celebration of this modest accomplishment

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    Emily Tapia-Delgado

    May 15, 2019 | 05:58 p.m.

    This was an awesome video to see all the great ideas that were brought into the projects. 

     
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    Reilley B.

    K-12 Student
    May 17, 2019 | 06:56 a.m.

    Agreed. I loved watching these videos all put together and seeing all the different sites. I am a participant at South Fayette and seeing this video really offered me a new perspective of everything the other sites have worked on. I am amazed by this video and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. 

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:12 a.m.

    Reilley,

    Honestly, the video in the showcase is just a tiny bit of what happens in IC4_ but it's strategic and professionally done. 

    The participation of IC4 in the video show case is gratifying to the students. Their project is very visible, and valuable comments and reviews, including critical questions for improvement.

    Eric, this is a masterstroke! Keep up the publicity, including through conferences, seminars and publications!

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    Paul Reyes

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    May 15, 2019 | 06:00 p.m.

    Being a part of this IC4 project has been a memorable experience because of the collaboration and experimentation involved. I love working with others and it's been great working with everyone. The video shows the limitless reach this project can achieve and also explores our curiosity towards different topics/subjects and how we try to figure it out. Now going on to college, I will apply skills that I got from here to many collaborations in the future. Thank you, Dr. Hamilton and the entire IC4 team; it has been a privilege working with all of you!

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:04 a.m.

    Paul, thanks for joining the IC4 club this year -- appreciate our students in Long Beach, CA!

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:14 a.m.

    Danielle,

    This site in Long Beach is a different site from Cabrillo?

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    Danielle Espino

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    May 20, 2019 | 07:51 p.m.

    They are indeed one and the same :) 

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    amanda fisher

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    May 15, 2019 | 06:03 p.m.

    This is my first year in IC4 and I had such a great time working on the projects and talking to others around the world discussing it. This video shows what out projects were and everything we did. It was such an amazing experience that no video can show. Thank you for all you have done.

     
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    Emily Tapia-Delgado

    May 15, 2019 | 06:08 p.m.

    I can relate to you because this was also my first year being a part of IC4. It was such an amazing experience getting to know everyone and learning ideas from each other. 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:07 a.m.

    Amanda, thank you for your comment and Emily, also thankful for your response to echo it-- I hope the final thumb piano product turned out well!  Was great to have you on meet-ups this year.

     
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    Alexander Pang

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    May 15, 2019 | 06:03 p.m.

     Wow I really love how this video came out! I really like seeing all these ideas come together and seeing the students collaborate with each other from all over the world! Seeing all the progress we've made in IC4 makes me really proud of what we've accomplished and makes me really excited to see what we will accomplish in the future!

     

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:09 a.m.

    Alexander, thanks for your multi-year involvement in IC4-- you've spent your whole high school experience with the program so far!

     
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    Jennifer Ramos

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    May 15, 2019 | 06:07 p.m.

    Being part of IC4 has proven to be such an educational experience. This past year our club worked on creating instruments out of tools that you can find at home. It was not also our school that was working on this project, students from Kenya was also working on the same project. After attending an online meeting, I learned about what kind of instruments they were making and what tools they used as well as what problems may have showed up during the process.

     

    The video above shows just how diverse IC4 is and how amazing it is to be part of something despite the distance and technological troubles that occur when we try to communicate with each other. it's already my third year in IC4 and its great meeting people and learning about their interests and what they want to learn about. Overall my experience with IC4 is great and I can't wait to learn about more topics next year and to meet new students.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:11 a.m.

    Jennifer, thank you for reflecting deeply on your experience being in IC4, and recognizing the unique opportunity the club affords.  You're part of the "originals" (like with Alexander and AJ) and it brings great joy to see your evolution since your first year.  

     
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    Irlanda Navarrete

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    May 15, 2019 | 06:10 p.m.

    Hearing what everyone has said about the project brings the true nature of it into perspective. Students and facilitators working together with no boundaries, across the world seems surreal, but Dr. Hamilton and the rest of the IC4 team have created such an efficient collaborative work space that has been very enjoyable. 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:12 a.m.

    Thank you, Irlanda-- grateful to have you in our Long Beach group this year :)

     
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    AJ Bajao

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    May 15, 2019 | 08:34 p.m.

    It has been a pleasure being part of IC4. However, it's very difficult to communicate and collaborate while working across different time zone, but thanks to our facilitators for making things work.

    I really like the video. It shows IC4 members' dedication and hard work. 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 12:16 a.m.

    Indeed, time zones are perhaps one of the biggest challenges to synchronous meet-ups, and contributes to gaps in asychronous communication.  But like you said in your last sentence-- students demonstrate a willingness to work through the challenges to have the opportunity to work together.  AJ, thanks also to your continued IC4 involvement-- another one of our "originals"!

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 04:16 a.m.

    Danielle,

    I like students demonstrate a willingness to work through the challenges

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:30 a.m.

    It was fascinating for me to read all the comments and explanation about IC4 program and experiences that some cite leaders and teachers shared with  IC4. To add the information,  the students may face some challenges during collaboration with IC4 such as frustration and time management between the school work, IC4 project, and personal lives, but there are some additional challenges that students from the Islamic Republic of Iran are facing during the collaboration. I am part of the IC4 research team for about a year now, and it is an honor for me to work under Dr. Hamilton leadership. Also, I am the cite leader of students from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Students from the Islamic Republic of Iran are facing censorship, poor internet connections, and filtering, but they are trying their best with all the limitation they face to work with the students from Kenya and collaborate. The important part is the students from Iran are taking all the challenges to work with the student from Kenya, but they are happy that they are part of the IC4 team.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:07 p.m.

    Simin,

    Participation of Iran is adding value to the IC4 Project - diversifying the cultures. I guess through what you perceive as "challenges", the students are learning to be resilient and to troubleshoot issues. The development of soft skills is an achievement worth celebrating - attitude defines success.

    Please encourage the students to soldier on, focus on the ultimate, knowing that learning is both a product and a process. Mostly, educators, teachers included, pay little attention to the process of learning as learning. I believe the Kenyan students are gaining more as they collaborate with colleagues from Iran and other countries

     
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    May 17, 2019 | 07:40 p.m.

    Simin, we are so hopeful that more opportunities emerge for the Iranian students with whom you work!

     
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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 01:54 p.m.

    I appreciat it. 

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 20, 2019 | 07:53 p.m.

    Dr. Taylor, I echo Dr. Hamilton's sentiments-- we are so proud of you and bringing us opportunity to work with Iranian students :)

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    Denise Calhoun

    May 16, 2019 | 04:02 a.m.

    This innovative project is needed in closing the gap in learning, as well as reinforcing diversity. Through crossing boundaries and connecting with others around the world, perhaps children and young adults will realize that regardless of our cultural backgrounds, we are the same. We are all humans with similar basic needs and feelings.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 01:44 p.m.

    Thank you, Denise,

    It is impressive to see the IC4 connect a lot of students around the world to work and brainstorm together without students looking at politics, colors, language barriers, and religions.

     
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    Ella Schiro

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    May 17, 2019 | 06:55 a.m.

    To add on to what Ms. Taylor said, I'm actually a student who participates in this club, and, at least at my location, we have not had much trouble, if any, overcoming cultural differences.  However, we sometimes have had some issues overcoming the language barrier, but translators have been a tremendous help (thank you!).  It has been an incredible opportunity to communicate with people all over the world, and I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:20 a.m.

    Hi Ella,

    it is good to hear that you have overcome the language barrier by translators. How have you utilized them? I ask this because also here in Finland we have had language problems. The students would have liked to say something in an online meet-up, but formulating sentences have taken too long time and then the moment is over.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 04:18 p.m.

    Veera (or others listening in), this work is so exciting, with such potential - your comment makes me curious - isn't there pretty good text to speech translation out there which can support such exchanges in real time? It would certainly work asynchronously (in Slack) to just type in one language and get the translation for a copy and paste, but I am surprised there isn't something similar for text to speech to use in the meet-ups? 

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 04:32 p.m.

    Another thought - another videohall team, ASL Clear is creating signs for STEM concepts like "fraction" and "photosynthesis" "precipitation" and other scientific and mathematical vocabulary that become barriers to learning for deaf students (finger-spelling can get ridiculous when trying to employ technical vocabulary). The universal signs they are creating for these concepts "embody" whatever they are describing, like water cycle or photosynthesis. No spoken words needed! Perhaps these ASL signs could help your collaborators discuss STEM topics across linguistic boundaries as well. 

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:45 p.m.

    I think text translators are becoming better, with a ways to go.  Perhaps doing spoken language into the translator could work.  I think it is comething to try.  I like the ASL CLEAR idea.  It may be difficult to implement, but I can that that coming.

    The technology now possible would allow speaking into the translator, and getting the speech translation in text that goes into the chat box.  Veera, we should look at that...

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 02:52 a.m.

    Thank you Sarah and Eric! ASL CLEAR sounds really interesting. And possible translators that are available are worth checking also. If someone knows any other possible softwares or apps that would work for this kind of purposes, please tell us.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 11:49 a.m.

    This gets better every year.  Congratulations on a fantastic and meaningful and life changing project.  

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:11 p.m.

    Great compliments Ron. Expecting to read on how the community around Colorado are working on similar projects. You need to also provide the technology that lays a solid foundation in literacy for STEM I mean the plural you for Eric and Ron

    Cheers

     
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    May 17, 2019 | 07:42 p.m.

    We could never have done this without the early visionary role you played in out thinking, Dr Cole, beginning with your May 14, 2003 invited lecture at NSF (or some other date that week!).    Thank you.

     
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    Linda Purrington

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    May 16, 2019 | 12:35 p.m.

    It has been exciting to follow this global project over the past several years and observe the work that you and your co-collaborators have accomplished.  The video is inspiring and represents what is possible through very purposeful and meaningful collaboration around a compelling area of focus. Congratulations to you and IC4 community!

     
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    Amanda Lee

    Undergraduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 12:39 p.m.

    Though I've only been on the IC4 research team for a few months, it has been so amazing to be able to see the growth of not only the project as a whole but the individuals themselves. This video is amazing and has the potential to inspire students and teachers around the world by showcasing how students are able to flourish in communities where collaboration and creativity are allowed to flow freely. Dr.Hamilton has created a new sense of collaboration in inviting students around the world to work together and accomplish what they never knew they could. 

    Thank you Dr.Hamilton for this opportunity!

     
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    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 07:43 p.m.

    We are pleased to have you on board and to benefit from the way you size everything up and help with the project.  Thank you!

     

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 07:56 p.m.

    Amanda, thank you for your reflections on the project and sharing your perspective from the team.  Indeed this is a unique community we have the privilege of participating and observing :)

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    Irish Codiamat

    K-12 Student
    May 16, 2019 | 12:39 p.m.

    It's so overwhelming to see the IC4 club growing in different parts of the world. Since it all began, being a member of the club had became one of my priorities that helped me improve on communication and collaborating with more people. We work together with other schools such as Namibia and South Fayette through the use of a video conference. 

    For this year, Cabrillo's IC4 focused on creating instruments using tools and materials such as cardboard, bottles, wood, etc. Each student researched on how each of their instruments are able to produce sounds and different pitches using STEM.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:18 p.m.

    Irish,

    The team at Cabrillo are lucky to have amazing mentors - George and Lynette. You are the reason we have made the progress. You proved to Dr. Hamilton that it works, hence the momentum to seek resources for expansion beyond LA. 

    Kudos

     
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    May 17, 2019 | 07:44 p.m.

    Irish, this was a big change this year, no?  I mean shifting to musical instruments.  Do you think that worked well?

     
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    Maria Guzman

    Graduate Student
    May 16, 2019 | 12:40 p.m.

    Despite hardly showing my face im still happy to have been apart of the Ic4 project, it was fun and was an inspirational experience for me to working for this project. This was my first and last year being here, learning through this experience with amazing peers has impacted me greatly. 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:22 p.m.

    Maria, 

    We can see your heart even if the face is hidden. Some of these little experiences count, therefore don't mind about the short tenure in the project. You could use some of the ethos in your future engagements, and who knows, we may get an entry into tertiary education, with considerable adjustments probably.

    It is gratifying to read such a concise testimonial from you

     
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    Omari Sadhan

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    May 16, 2019 | 12:40 p.m.

    Being a part of IC4 at Cabrillo High School has been a very enriching experience for me. Along with the people I've worked alongside, we've not only accomplished a lot, we've also learned a lot. I've also developed skills here that will continue to benefit me for the rest of my life. It's been an honor and a privilege; to all IC4 members worldwide, thank you! 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:25 p.m.

    Omari,

    This is awesome. Am not sure if I remember the faces of students I met 3 years ago when I visited Cabrillo, but graciously represent the and receive my sincere regards and best wishes for the Cabrillo team

     
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    Maegan Ebalobor

    Researcher
    May 16, 2019 | 12:41 p.m.

    I love how this video shined light on how we were all from different parts of the world and came together to work as one making it better that we were all diverse. I loved IC4 and it really helped me open up and become more social from how I was in the beginning. Like many people said , I am super proud of what we all managed to accomplish. Till next time. 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:29 p.m.

    Maegan,.

    The brief statement is amazing. Your reflection on ' opening up and becoming more social' demonstrate growth - that through the project, we better our best and progressively improve on areas we are not well endowed in. In any case, we ought to be versatile in the 21st Century.

    Thank You

     
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    Lizabeth Grajeda

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    May 16, 2019 | 12:49 p.m.

    Hi! My name is Lizabeth from Spring Valley High School. This is my first year doing IC4 & it was amazing. It gave me experience to work with others as well as be able to share my ideas in a creative way. I got to work with other schools & be able to communicate my thought process thoroughly even if I didn’t have everything exactly planned out yet. I am thankful to be apart of this as well as meeting my good friends. (: 

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:05 p.m.

    I am glad to hear that you had a good experience with IC4. I am the cite leader of the students from the Islamic Republic of Iran and students from Iran are happy to collaborate with the students from Kenya because IC4 project provide opportunities for them to collaborate and work as a team which they did not have experienced before.

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 02:36 p.m.

    Lizabeth,

    Reading your comments, just like the others who've not been involved in IC4 since inception, reveals a facet of the project - Touching each one of us at our point of need. That we gain in the process regardless of length of exposure is evidence of the power of collaboration and scaffolding learning. This is even more likely because of voice and choice of projects - doing the desires of our heart implies we invest more time, thoughts, and ultimately win on self-efficacy.

    Am yearning to hear/ read more of these!!!

     
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    May 16, 2019 | 03:42 p.m.

    Hi All! 

    Working on the IC4 project has been an honor. It has been amazing to see the ideas the students develop and the amount of time and effort they put into each and every project. This was a very informative video and I love how this video shines light on how the IC4 project aims to include different parts of the world to increase the  perspective taking and learning of the students! Excited to see more! 

     

     
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    K-12 Student
    May 16, 2019 | 04:25 p.m.

    As I read through these comments, I started to realize how amazing it has been to be a part of this study.  I have been introduced to many amazing people not only in my club, but all over the world.  My eyes have been opened to a wide variety of careers involving S.T.E.M. that I am thoroughly excited to explore. The hardest part of this study has been the communication between schools, but as we have continued, we have persisted through the hardships.  This club has become my family over the years, and I am so proud to be a member of I.C.4.!

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:46 p.m.

    Meghan, we are proud to have you and everyone on south Buffalo Avenue!

     
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    Israel Ramirez

    K-12 Teacher
    May 16, 2019 | 04:32 p.m.

    Being part of this project has been an amazing experience. Working and collaborating with great people around world has given the opportunity to all my students to go beyond learning boundaries. As they get to collaborate with other students/faculty from other countries working on STEM projects, they soon realized that they have something important to share to the world, and to our global learning community. We're like a family. Not only they learn in class in a daily basis, when they work in our group, but also they are learning from other students around the globe. My students learn about culture, diversity, and STEM ideas. Priceless! Also, I must share with you that this project brings students/teachers together creating a great learning environment relationship. Students become teachers explaining their projects, and we teachers learn from our students how powerful our students can be when given the opportunity to do global collaboration. Invaluable!

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 03:30 a.m.

    Israel,

    I have read about your work with Dr. Hamilton, most likely in the past 10 years and am inspired. There must be a higher goal - serving humanity!

    Probably you and Eric need to disclose more, at least for people seeing "video" & "collaboration". Why STEM? Why K-12 or Basic Education in Kenya?

    In Kenya, like other African nations, there are nearly 75% of students enrolling for non-STEM related courses in tertiary education. The reasons for this ate found in basic education - poor performance in mathematics and science, negative attitude towards math and science, low engagement in learning, inadequate practical experiences, inadequate resources and inappropriate instructional strategies. 

    Therefore IC4 , in my view, is addressing the root cause of these symptoms. That's why am keen to see the transformation in the students participating in the projects.

     

     
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    Daniel Casines

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    May 17, 2019 | 06:55 a.m.

    My time in IC4 Student Create was so fun. I get to enjoyed everyone talking about there project and thing that can help people in the future. I like how I get to meet people in Africa and other around the world. I think my teacher for helping us become better and that help me a lot.

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 03:57 p.m.



    I am glad to hear that you are experiencing the fun the time you are working with the IC4. Keep up good work.

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 20, 2019 | 07:58 p.m.

    Daniel, thanks for joining us from Las Vegas this year, and reflecting on the opportunities that your participation in this project has afforded you.

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    Mike Mumbo

    Graduate Student
    May 17, 2019 | 12:55 p.m.

    This is amazing idea, to see the Movement, Science and Practice being implemented in a single project that is focusing on the skills of the 21st century. When we talk of collaboration across the multidisciplinary groups, i believe this is a true definition of the same. Kudos to all the team involved.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:47 p.m.

    Mike, what sort of work do you do as a graduate student?  I think we have a ways to go before we are a definition of anything, but we are certainly trying to be an example.  Thank you.

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    May 20, 2019 | 03:13 a.m.

    Eric,

    Mike is one of the nerve centres at AMI, working with Zach. They organise Students Camps, work with rural farmers on data and productivity and test innovative solutions in schools.  Quite amazing blend but he needs to describe  it himself!

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    Jake O

    May 17, 2019 | 02:20 p.m.

    I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who is a part of the IC4 Project because it truly has been a privilege to have been here for almost two years. This has been a great opportunity to not only learn from others but to also learn more about myself. My favorite part of our meetings is how you will always learn something new that you would've never even dreamed of. The imagination and brilliance that emits from the people I've met is truly amazing and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the IC4 Project!

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:48 p.m.

    Kake, you have been a great, articulate advocate for the value of working with others across these disciplinary boundaries.  Congratulations to you for all of your work and participation.

     
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    Tony Huynh

    K-12 Student
    May 17, 2019 | 03:55 p.m.

    I like your video. For example, I love how you guy show everyone working together.

     
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    Denis Okello

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    May 17, 2019 | 04:31 p.m.

    Sometimes, I look back and can't believe what ic4 has done for us especially for me to be specific. I started Ic4 having no ideas about online collaboration, I was inexperience in using computers softwares to produce short videos but believe me I have learnt a lot in ic4 that I cant imagine. I have enjoyed the discussions of projects, I have interacted with different students form NYCS, Cabrillo, South Fayette, Okhandja, Finland and India learning their culture. The whole project has been impressive. It has helped not only as a learning sessions but it also builds students' confidence on whatever projects they are working on. Great work to everyone who participated. "Chanda chema huvikwa pete"  meaning " A handsome finger gets the ring"- Good things get to be appreciated. Ic4 has done a very splendid job.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:49 p.m.

    It has been so much fun to watch you grow in this work Denis - especially including your leadership in facilitating meetings of your peers.  We are very fortunate to have had you these past years and know you are taking this to your work in college.

     
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    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2019 | 07:46 p.m.

    Denis, you are a mainstay of this effort and we are thrilled you are in it during this season of your life and education.  Thank you.

     
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    Danielle Espino

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    May 20, 2019 | 07:59 p.m.

    I echo Dr. Hamilton-- Denis, we are so grateful and fortuante to have you on our leadership of IC4 in Kenya!

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    Grace Njuguna

    May 18, 2019 | 01:46 a.m.

    I am impressed by the great work IC4 team is doing. CONGRATULATIONS! I love how ic4 project bring students together from all over the world to share  with others and also learn from the same. This basically boost their level of confidence and they develop a passion to persue a job in STEM field.

    Also with STEM education it has helped bridge the gender gaps found in Mathematics and Science fields. It's so encouraging to see girls participating in the STEM projects. 

    I have been working with primary school teachers and student in the integration of ICT into teaching and learning in merginalized areas. I believe a good number would be interested to have the project in their school. Is IC4 working towards reaching out to learner's in merginalized communities? 

    Keep doing the good job. Thank you for sharing the video. It's amazing. 

     

    Grace Njuguna  

     

     

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 12:50 p.m.

    Thank you Grace, great to hear you the amazing work you are doing in marginalized areas!

    You are right about IC4 boosting their level of confidence and enthusing them to pursue STEM courses. During one of the reflection sessions at St Aloysious Gonzaga, Kibera slums in Kenya, I remember one of the girl participants saying “Before joining IC4 I was very shy, but nowadays I can speak before people. I can say speeches. I can present my ideas. I can express myself talking to people from other countries.” She also said “In future I would like to be a neurosurgeon. Learning science through collaborating with others has given me a sense of belonging. I can be whoever I want to be.”

    The project aimed to increase both girls’ and boys’ interest in STEM based subject though participatory teaching and collaborations that cross and connect cultures. I am sure when thought carefully, we can find ways of getting kids from marginalized areas collaborate with in non-marginalized areas to learn from one another.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:52 p.m.

    Grace, please contact us to see if there are ways to collaborate.  But yes, we are looking strongly at and engage a spectrum of populations.  Where are you located?  I see a Grace Njuguna at Syracuse University.  Are you the same?

     
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    Data Manager
    May 18, 2019 | 01:57 a.m.

     Dear Hamilton,

    The first step towards the success of any learning program is participation. When students address to each other during sessions, there is a clear improve of participation. This ensures students get a personalized and convenient learning experience. For example, if a certain learner group prefers games and exercises, the courses should be made more interactive. Due to enough minute of interaction between students sharing knowledge one to another, this approach ensures greater participation in sessions.

     

    By Frederic Ntirenganya, Lecturer of Maths and Stats.

     
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    Zach Mbasu

    May 19, 2019 | 12:57 p.m.

    Thank you my friend from the land of a thousand hills! Yes, the project also centers around the impact of participatory teaching and learning.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:54 p.m.

    Frederic, I take it you are in Rwanda from Zach's note?  I was there two months ago, actually.  Your comments are well-taken.  Are you working in any schools currently?

     

     
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    Mary Ochieng

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    May 18, 2019 | 07:34 a.m.

    Amazing initiative. I love the fact that it allows students to build in each other's ideas as they learn from each other. It would be interesting to model that process of building on each other's ideas and how that supports learning.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 18, 2019 | 03:55 p.m.

    Hi Mary... this is not my friend from Kisumu Kenya who studied at MSU is it?  If so,. it is great to see you after many years.  And thank you for your very welcome comment.  :)  Send a message to me at eric.hamilton@pepperdine.edu and let me know how you are doing.

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 01:34 a.m.

    Eric,

    It's possible that Mary concluded her Studies at MSU. She'll link up and probably, some of the ideas which were reconnected to University of Namibia may still be explored

     
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    Violet Obiese Gudima

    Researcher
    May 18, 2019 | 10:38 a.m.

    Hi, I love it when I see learner's  discover  new Ideas  on their own  since this  makes the learning process Easier,real  and enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing you reach more learners in the remote areas of you entire sample space.

     
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    Zach Mbasu

    May 19, 2019 | 01:20 p.m.

    I appreciate you Violet. As a Math and Chemistry teacher you are making a difference. These participants develop student driven STEM based projects that solve community problems modeled around Sustainable Development Goals and they enjoy it. During meetups that they choose to participate in, they present their projects and prototypes to the rest of the participants. I will visit your school soon.

     
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    Kevin C

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    May 18, 2019 | 11:24 a.m.

    Impressive content! It's amazing that there's a program like this that brings together students from all over the world. I've worked with students in this program, they are always glad to be taking part. Congrats to everyone involved in IC4!

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 04:01 p.m.

    Thank you Kevin. I fully agree. Getting to work with the students in the IC4 project has been truly wonderful. The fact that they are so interested in working together with other students from around the world—despite the challenges associated with it (time zones, language barriers, knowledge/skill differences, etc.)—is a reflection of how such cross-boundary collaborations can be motivating factor for learning and engagement.

     
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    Eduardo Flores N.

    K-12 Student
    May 18, 2019 | 01:12 p.m.

    I have to say that IC4 is a fun and unique experience. In IC4, I have been exposed to subjects that revolve around the world of S.T.E.M- Computer science, Lego Mind storms, Coding languages. IC4 has allowed me to collaborate with other people around the world who have similar ideas on projects. It's just amazing how we are able to work together with people are around the world. We also get well acquainted with one another and build a friendship with one another. It's truly unique and I feel like I am a part of something bigger. 

     
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    Graduate Student
    May 19, 2019 | 04:16 p.m.

    Eduardo, thank you for your involvement in the project. You bring up an excellent point -- that in addition to being able to work on STEM topics of interest, students also enjoy getting to know each other and building friendships in the process :)

     
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    Eduardo Flores N.

    K-12 Student
    May 20, 2019 | 05:41 p.m.

    Yes, I truly believe that collaborating with one another is a key skill in life. It helps you develop friendships which eventually will lead to teamwork. Teams are one of the fundamental things that a person will require at one point in life. This is why I enjoy being in IC4 ,it makes me feel like I am part of a team. I have worked with many teams in my life;however, I feel like this is one of the most unique ones I have worked with, which is why I enjoy it.

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    Rey Salimbagat

    K-12 Student
    May 18, 2019 | 01:42 p.m.

    IC4 is a great way to collaborate with people from around the world. It's a distinctive experience where you meet and cooperate with people different from your local surroundings. This opens up opportunities to hear new ideas that could bring more flair to your videos, as well as them learning new ideas from you. Most of the ideas revolve around STEM and the ideas that are made from STEM are amazing. From robots, to micro boards, bio-fuels, coding, computer science, and so much more! It's a mutual relationship! It helps build connections. And I have to say, it's good seeing new ideas from other people. Ideas that help me think more critically. It's not just gaining ideas, but also giving others ideas as well that makes this program feel dazzling. You learn as well as teach.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:57 p.m.

    Rey, your thoughtful comment is greatly appreciated.  Maybe you do not have enough time, but is it possible for you to share any examples of specific new ideas that came your way as a result on being in the groups?

     
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    K-12 Student
    May 18, 2019 | 01:48 p.m.

    When I started IC4, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. A former IC4 member, Erick Soliz, told me many things about the program, and now that I am in IC4, I do not regret joining the program one bit. I was able to learn so many things in the months that I've been in the program. I learned so much about STEM specifically. Being in a call with people from different countries was a first for me. It gave me the opportunity to talk to people from different countries and acquaint with people from different cultures. From them, I learned about the many things behind computer science, robotics, and bio fuels that I thought I would have never have known before.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 05:59 p.m.

    It is pleasing to see that you found yourself enriched by this context.  If you have a chance, can you talk a bit more about what it was like for you to be in a context with peers from other countries, and perhaps and example of a new STEM concept you realized in the project?  If you are not able to reply, that is oky, but now you have me interested!

     
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    Eric Nyamwaro

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    May 18, 2019 | 02:04 p.m.

    This is indeed very exciting and making the concept of STEM without borders a reality. As a great advocate of STEM, I applaud your work especially the components of international collaborations which also promotes the concept of global education. I am wondering if there are any links to improved learning outcomes of the students who participated in the project and any influence on their peers.

    Thanks

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 01:58 p.m.

    Thank you Nyamwaro. You are an amazing policymaker in Kenya!

    There are positive developments in the IC4 participant’s social and cognitive capacities. ENA results examining meet-up discourse data point to a broadening scope of engagement in discussions, interaction with others and improvement in how they construct their thought processes. Further work on this IC4 project continues and it would be interesting to investigate links to improved learning outcomes and the trans-formative value of the participants.

     
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    May 20, 2019 | 01:50 a.m.

    Zach,

    You might not be aware that Eric Nyamwaro works closely with CEMASTEA, and is currently operating an office in CEMASTEA. All the work in STEM in Kenya might one day find a convergence, in terms of close coordination and harnessing synergies. At least in the Ministerial Strategic Plan, this is already outlined.

    For E. Nyamwaro, IC4 is a research project, and as policy makers we're keen on evidence - based interventions. Probably, with more focus on demand driven intervention rather than supply initiated interventions. Otherwise, we may end up with a heap of sophisticated technologies which are under utilised. Technology in IC4 is somehow in the background, playing a facilitative role - collaboration & and communication; an expressive role to enable 'shy' but brilliant learners externalise their thoughts through the videos they make; a research aid - deeper reflection and evaluation of information from the Internet of Things. 

    Data analytics, is key, given that it's research and that's why Epistemic Network Analysis is used.

    Zach, we need to meet one of these days with E. Nyamwaro and ....

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    May 18, 2019 | 02:11 p.m.

    It's a great program I would love and will learn more about it

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 06:00 p.m.

    Hi Judy.  I am not sure where you are located, but more information is at http://ic4.site.  Contact us if desired!

     
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    Arvind Majumder

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    May 18, 2019 | 02:13 p.m.

    IC4 is an amazing program for kids and teens alike from around the world to collaborate and share their stem ideas. It's also an opportunity for people's creations to be shown then just kept hidden. It also allows people to show the fundamentals of coding, programming, engineering, mathematics, and etc. IC4 is a great way for people to learn from around the world then just what's in front of them. Being in IC4 has helped me learn a lot, understand more concepts, and just be inspired to continue my passion for engineering.

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 06:00 p.m.

    Arvind, thank you!  Have you descided on an area of engineering that especially interests you?

     
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    Arvind Majumder

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    May 20, 2019 | 06:15 p.m.

    I have not decided on which area of engineering that interests. In fact, there are so many types of engineering that interests me, there's also so many types of engineering I haven't heard of. All in all, I still have some deciding on which type of engineering I will pursue in the future.

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    May 20, 2019 | 06:32 p.m.

    Sigh.  That is the very best klnd of answer!  I want to hear the direction you eventually take!

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    Rebecca Gill

    Informal Educator
    May 18, 2019 | 03:25 p.m.

    I've been a teacher leader with ic4 from the beginning of the project, working with our video production students at the New York Hall of Science. The ic4 program is so invaluable to my students' learning, in that it equips them with additional skills and global experiences that set them up for success in their future careers. 

    Working with teams across the world ("boundary crossing") is something that is now a vital part of competing in the 21st century workforce, and I'm so thrilled to be able to help facilitate my high school students getting to experience this early in their careers.

    This includes such things as: Learning how to co-ordinate digitally online with other people, how to check emails, find dial in codes, trouble shoot with connectivity issues, sign up using technology, and communicate across a suite of benchmark professional project management platforms. These new skills are challenging for them at first, as it is not something the average highschooler has to do – but working in teams, and with supervision, and amazing support from the ic4 leaders and facilitators – it all makes me so proud to see how much my students are truly capable of! 

    Learning to collaborate effectively with people from different countries, cultures, timezones and languages is an amazing gift to these students.

    Just in our ic4 global meet up this morning, our New York students, on a Saturday morning, were able to video chat with their Mpesa student peers in Kenya on a Saturday night - and watch the Mpesa students operate a Lego Mindstorm robot! This has sparked their further curiosity in engineering, and this shared excitement over STEM also builds relationships with remote teams.

    Also, I'd like to add that Dante and Ish, the NYSCI alumni students who have edited this video (and continue to support the program, even after graduating from our Explainer TV program), also make us all incredibly proud - and is also testament to the value students see and the benefits they get from their involvement.

    Lastly, shoutouts to our Eric and our constant line of support of Danielle and Atemate!

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 06:02 p.m.

    Rebecca, it is truly lovely to see these thoughtful comments you have made about the ins and outs of the project.  We need to take some of your text and share them with our NSF program officers.  And yes, we are super proud of Dante and Ish for the video production!

     
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    Yifan Wang

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    May 18, 2019 | 03:35 p.m.

    When I first started, I did not have much ideas about this program. I had no idea how I wanted my project, which is a video, to look. It was just an idea. But through the IC4 calls, I got a lot of inspirations from the different people I met. Now I can say that it has been one of the best videos I have worked on, and IC4 was a big part that made it happen. Additionally, it is really incredible to hear about other kids' passion for STEM. It brings me joy to see that so many kids around the world are so passionate about STEM, and they have so many great ideas on how to expand upon it. Listening to their creative ideas and sharing our projects with them was certainly a delight. Overall, IC4 is a really good experience! 

     
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    May 19, 2019 | 06:03 p.m.

    Yifan, now you are making me curious!  Do you have a link to the video that you made?

     
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    Yifan Wang

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    May 20, 2019 | 03:07 p.m.

    Hi Mr. Hamilton, 

    Here is the link to a google drive of some of the projects that we have collaborated on: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17wG4H-a5EnXDs.... My video is titled 4 Careers Skills You Learn from Computer Science.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

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    May 20, 2019 | 04:30 p.m.

    Excellent, and thank you!

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    John Maina

    May 20, 2019 | 03:21 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing the work you doing. I like the idea that you putting more focus on STEM related content which helps the learners to have a wide variety when  it comes to making choices related to STEM careers as this is well aligned with the development changes happening around the world. 

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:52 p.m.

    John,

    True, it's about variety but STEM is also about livelihood and being STEM literate. Beyond careers, we ought to recognize and cherish how our lives are dependent on STEM. I guess this philosophical path could be pursued on a different platform ogwel26@gmail.com

     
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    Edwin

    K-12 Teacher
    May 20, 2019 | 04:03 a.m.

    The video indeed has shown great steps our students have made in this technological world in terms of collaborations and team work.Despite the geographical distances between the team sites, the use of zoom,skype,telegram,fuse,emails and slack has made it easier for the students to share and reach consensus on some of the theoretical ideas acquired.Mapping these ideas into hands-on projects,recording,editing and producing them into videos is a clear cut on the advancement in technology by the modern human race.

    The cultural indifference even though proved to be a main factor of consideration during the process, but still, the urge of innovation out of curiosity in the minds of the young mathematicians and physicists in our site teams; became cemented in the scientific school of thought.I am very happy to watch,listen and acquire an almost exactness of knowledge that when reinforced by governments inform of funding and encouragement; can transform the perception of the growing members of the society.

    IC4 being a unifying factor to team teacher leaders who give guidance to the learners, have also shown the growth of the teachers in terms of interaction and change in presentation of ideas and opinions in a more reflected environment.The students in the video are well focused, precise in terms of what they want to achieve and have the will to conquer more. Explaining some of the phenomena in practical way is the surest mode of testing whether the learners have developed  cognitive skills.It gives me more energy to evaluate progress by an outcome whose certainty is guaranteed.

    Good job to all the participants.Keep up transforming the society in any capacity.The history pages of the world movers are still wide for you and  others to come to fill.

     
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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 04:24 p.m.


    Dear Edwin,

    Thank you so much for your post. The benefits of student participation in IC4 and their collaborative learning include Development of higher-level thinking of students, increase oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.

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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 05:17 a.m.

    The IC4 Project is helping to address critical aspirations in Kenya, for example in Kenya. Among our national goals of education are promotion of international awareness, and respect of different cultures. The testimonies by the students in the project confirms that these are being realised.

    We have recently reformed curriculum, with a focus on acquisition of 7 Core Competencies, being collaboration & communication; problem solving & critical thinking; creativity & imagination; digital literacy; citizenship, self-efficacy; and learning to learn. Although the implementation of the few curriculum is phased, I can already see achievements in secondary schools among the students sharing their experiences here.

    Also the vision in the reformed curriculum is an engaged, empowered and ethical citizen, with a mission to nurture every learners potential. The accounts of participation by various groups in Africa, America's, Europe and Asia gives us hope that we have evidence to use technologies to achieve our educational dreams.

    To the IC4 team, we the policy enthusiasts have your backs!

     
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    Veera Kallunki

    May 20, 2019 | 01:46 p.m.

    Yes, I fully agree the importance to highlighting also these up-level goals of curricula in the context of IC4 project. Actually the very similar kinds of core competences are included in the Finnish National core curriculum, as well as many other European curricula. Is it so also in the US, Eric and Danielle?

    So this is something what is a very topical goal everywhere in the world. What is needed is practicing, and that is exactly what IC4 offers. It is not easy for all students to collaborate, but this project is a good and safe environment to train it.

     
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    Amadi Chinalu

    May 20, 2019 | 12:39 p.m.

     

     

    Indeed the video says it all! You are doing great projects. Nice initiatives. I hope this spreads all over Africa.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:30 p.m.

    Amadi, may I ask where you are located?

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    Awuyo Simon

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 12:40 p.m.

    I received this post from Mr. Mbasu.I am excited about the project. I am a researcher in Education teaching and learning in 21st Century as applied to schools in Uganda. I hope to learn more and week guidance.

    Thanks Éric Hamilton.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:48 p.m.

    Brother Simon we need yo connect beyond the showcase. Zach is a great contact and entry point to reach many in the diaspora

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:29 p.m.

    We have another Brother Simon in Uganda.  Mr Awuyo, where are you based?

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    Maxwell Fundi

    Graduate Student
    May 20, 2019 | 12:40 p.m.

    It is such an amazing project there getting stidenst to collaborate from around the world. It's important for the kids to have this kind of experience to improve their confidence

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:46 p.m.

    Maxwell, 

    Everything about you is also amazing. Keep inspiring the younger generation

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:28 p.m.

    Maxwell, may I ask where you are based?

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    Christine Aoko

    K-12 Student
    May 20, 2019 | 12:41 p.m.

    It has been a long journey in ic4 full of not only learning but also having fun.I cannot forget the very first day I joining ic4 when I was in form one.To be sincere using a computer to do various things like sending an email was a problem.I didn't even have an idea on how I was supposed to make a project.My first online meeting was a surprise to me since I had never experienced such before.But thanks to the I c4 team because am different.Am glad being given the opportunity to collaborate with the Iran's also . I believe more is yet to come . Thanks to all those who strive to make this a successful project.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:44 p.m.

    Christine,

    Some of the challenges you've described appear too basic for others but quite real in our circumstances.

    That's why IC4:is about context and making individual progression based on one's unique circumstances. When I look at Ateamate and Dennis, and read the nice remarks about their contribution in IC4, I see a silver lining. Please take advantage of the project and unleash your potentials beyond the borders

     
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    Cyrus Mema

    May 20, 2019 | 12:41 p.m.

    Dear all,

    This is interesting and the student's passion for STEAM learning is incredible especially when I get to learn how they come up with brilliant projects that offer solutions and save on resources. With this opportunity to collaborate in STEM, the students are able to explore varied technologies used for sharing videos. This development has transformed the students' confidence while interacting.

    Cyrus.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:38 p.m.

    Cyrus, I feel you and believe students at Mpesa Foundation Academy are gaining from the collaborative project. We may need to see if the participating students has any influence on their colleagues. 

    Please mop them up, we are in the last minutes of the showcase. We need to read their views

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:28 p.m.

    We definitely need to find a way to quantify these improvements.  Thank you Cyrus and Ateng'!

     
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    Irene

    K-12 Teacher
    May 20, 2019 | 12:42 p.m.

    Irene,

    This is very encouraging. Involving learners in STEM globally brings great minds together and they will bring real change. Keep up the good work and it will have a positive impact globally.

     
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    Ateng' Ogwel

    May 20, 2019 | 01:34 p.m.

    We are encouraged, Irene. We nerd to learn and better our best

     
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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 01:51 p.m.

    Dear Ateng,

    I agree that the "process of learning as learning," and I believe this is a process — a journey. IC4 provides a learning process to empower students and give confidence and guide themselves through their learning.

     
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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 02:08 p.m.

    Dear Ella,
    Yes, it is true. I am as a cite leader for the students from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the person who need to translate for the students from Iran and Kenya during the online meetup and Telegram chatroom. My experience in the past year with students from Iran and Kenya was the students have a lot of respect to one to another and patients with language barriers with students from Iran.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:27 p.m.

    We are finding trust and respect to be the most important variables in overcoming boundaries.  So eager to have more participation from Iran!

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    Jessica Bell

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 20, 2019 | 02:26 p.m.

    Congratulations on your project!  Collaboration is a key component of scientific research.  I am interested in whether or not you have compared classes that have engaged in the project with a similar class that has not participated.  

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:26 p.m.

    Jessica, yes, we have finished our first paper that shows a comparison.  It does not go into a lot of detail but you can see it at http://bit.ly/mbasu-ena-case-study-2019

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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 02:55 p.m.

    Dear Fundi,

    I agree. I believe that IC4 provides excellent opportunities for students around the world to work together and boost their confidence.

     
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    This is a very cool project!  

    It makes me wonder whether participants are able to collaborate with the kind of fluid synchrony -- at great distances -- that we have been finding among Mexican-heritage and Indigenous-American young people?  (See collaboration with fluid synchrony in our video, "Collaborating as an Ensemble.")

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:25 p.m.

    Barbara, we are planning to expand our project into Mexico and will draw on this work.  It is very exciting and I think there is a strong overlap.  And how did you get 15K views?  impressive :)

     
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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 04:15 p.m.

    Dear Christine,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with IC4. I understand that sometimes we have a fear to experience new things, but I am glad you were brave enough to overcome your fear and work with the people who are not from your country. The benefit of collaboration will help to boost your confidence and increase your leadership skills.

    I am so happy you are working with students from Iran.

     
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    Eric Hamilton

    Lead Presenter
    May 20, 2019 | 04:33 p.m.

    Christine is the future of Africa.  She amazes.

     
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    Michael Bucher

    K-12 Teacher
    May 20, 2019 | 06:08 p.m.

    This is a great opportunity for these students and is a perfect example of how technology can be used to further education in an engaging and innovative way. Congrats to all and your hard work!

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    Simin Taylor

    Researcher
    May 20, 2019 | 06:47 p.m.

    Hi Bucher,

    Internet and social media play essential roles in IC4 because the internet and social media are the only tools students around the world able to communicate, brainstorm, and exchange ideas and information for the IC4 purpose.

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