Interested in the future of education? Want to see some of the amazing things young people are doing in urban schools? Thinking about how you can affect low-income students through donor-driven philanthropy? Or are you just bored at work? No matter your motivation, Community Intermediate School 339 has you covered this Tuesday with its inaugural Dot to Dot program.
For a couple of months now, students at C.I.S. 339--a high-poverty 6th-8th grade school in the South Bronx--have been working on intensive, collaborative projects to share with the wider world as part of the "Dot to Dot Global Learning Reception." This Tuesday, at 1 PM ET, the students will present these projects to the hundreds of visitors in their physical school building, as well as the thousands of people who will be watching online. Some of these projects promise to be very interesting--highlights include a documentary on special education made by special education students, a student-written bilingual play on the immigration experience, and a documentary called Would You Like Fries With That? that focuses on New York City's proposed ban on building fast-food restaurants within 500 feet of schools. You can check out a full list of students' programs at http://sites.google.com/site/339dottodot/livestreaming.
CIS 339's Dot to Dot promises to be an informative and interesting experience, and having students present to the entire world is an idea that is on the absolute cutting edge of urban education. If you're reading this on Tuesday, click on over to http://sites.google.com/site/339dottodot/faq to find links to streaming video of students' presentations, a discussion board, and live chat. Missed the event? Fear not! Archived videos of all student presentations will be saved on the Dot to Dot site.