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Professor in Curriculum & Instruction at Western Illinois University. Project moderator Monsters (http://www.smithclass.org) and for Kidlink Landmark Project (http://www.kidlink.org). Past: Online Edtech instructor at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Online teacher for Zhong Lun High School, Taipei. Visiting professor at University of St. Francis.

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Landmark Games 2013 beginning soon

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

Monster Project 2012 Wrapping Up

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 8:09am 0 Comments

Monsters 2012

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 6:10pm 0 Comments

The new year in Teacher Ed

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 1:49pm 0 Comments

1001 Tales to the Alien King

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Hannibal Kids View of Pakistan

Posted on December 31, 2007 at 2:42pm 0 Comments

Podcasting about Hannibal

Posted on November 30, 2007 at 7:49pm 0 Comments

Monster Project Update - Pakistan

Posted on November 22, 2007 at 7:55pm 1 Comment

Collaborating on the Monster

Posted on October 2, 2007 at 8:24pm 0 Comments

Managing the New Monsters

Posted on September 24, 2007 at 11:04pm 0 Comments

Japan Kids Are Ready

Posted on September 17, 2007 at 8:56pm 1 Comment

Starting Up Blogmeister Again

Posted on September 9, 2007 at 7:08pm 1 Comment

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At 8:54pm on April 1, 2011, Liz Dunovsky said…
Oh- and I wanted you to know that I took your advice and uploaded my IDU from last semester onto curriki. Eventually, I will try to create my own blogspace with all the stuff that I've created and used. I know that other sites that I found like that were very helpful to me! Just wanted to let you know! Thanks!
At 8:36pm on April 1, 2011, Liz Dunovsky said…

Yes... Teaching all content areas to seventh graders has made life interesting... and busy! They're a hard group to engage and entertain...

You know, we've never talked about video conferencing. To my knowledge, we do not have a camera for the computer in our classroom. However, I'm certain someone does... I mulled over the idea in my mind of having my seventh grade class video chat with my fifth grade class from last semester, discussing junior high, the transition, advice, etc. I haven't gotten that far in my quest, honestly! So, to answer your question-- I don't know!

At 4:19am on June 17, 2009, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hello Terry, it is a small world. I think you worked with our grade 4 and 5 students this year on the es1001tales project and that you may have sat in on my online PD session at the Innovations Showcase. Is that correct?
At 6:58pm on April 20, 2009, Jonah Salsich said…
Hi Terry,
I enjoyed your photo on the English Teachers Ning about a rock as a toy. We just started a unit on rocks and minerals, focusing on exactly what your students were doing - classifying the three types of rocks. Perhaps we could have a video conference with some rock samples collected in our local environments (we are in coastal Connecticut), and have the students describe (and show) the rocks so the other group can use the information to classify them. Let me know what you think.
At 9:03pm on January 28, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Terry. I was wondering if you have any high school contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:22pm on January 12, 2009, IndyEduktr said…
Hi, Terry. Thanks so much. So, is a virtual volunteer someone who assists others with technology, having to do that from afar?

At 10:55am on December 30, 2008, IndyEduktr said…
Mr. Smith,

Could you tell me more about what a "virtual volunteer" is and how that plays out in Nairobi, Kenya? I am very intrigued.
At 10:45am on December 30, 2008, IndyEduktr said…
Can you tell me more about your successes with taking 4th graders to Taiwan? I saw your post on Teaching China and Chinese site.
At 10:15pm on September 12, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
Hello there, i'm a school teacher/founder from Nepal. I run an elementary school for poor family rural children. I'm Govinda by my name. if u find me like minded person plz mail me at gopisu@gmail.com
At 1:45pm on August 20, 2008, Jabiz Raisdana said…
Hi Terry,

Let me start by saying thank you for responding to my request for possibly starting a Darja Club. I am aware that service project can take a life of their own and there seems to be a shortage of great cause to support. Having said that I think we may have come across a strange coincidence, because it sounds like the school you are working with may be very near Daraja.

I found this from Jason's blog:
we approach the Turning Point Trust compound. Turning Point is Daraja’s first sister school. This is also the compound where the dream germinated and grew.

The founders of Turning Point, Jon and Jo Parson, literally began serving porridge to the children of Mashimoni for whom food was an unreliable luxury at best. It has since grown into an incredibly successful, bustling experiment in social assistance. Children from several tribes, including Kenya’s two largest and most adversarial, the Kikuyu and Luo, attend class together, eat at least two solid meals each day together, and perhaps most importantly get to play together. I am not sure if I can stress just how important play is for the children of Kibera. Life can get so desperate in the slums that many of Kibera’s youth...

As you can see he too will be working with Kikuyu tribe. I am not too sure ho close it all is, but we may overlap.

Anyway, I am following you on Twitter and whether or not this works out, I hope we can be in touch and perhaps work togther this year.

Besides running my online class, Intrepid Classroom, I will be teaching K-5 ESL. Best of luck and let's see if we can't maybe make something happen.


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