Lorraine's Blog (24)

Google Shared Calendar

Our school would like to have all of the homework assignments posted on a google shared calendar so that teachers will know what assignments others are giving. Does anyone have success or experience with this?

Added by Lorraine on June 15, 2011 at 9:10am — No Comments

Skipper Rich Wilson Presents at the MIT Museum March 12, 2010

Boston area teachers might be interested in MIT's Second Friday's program. On March 12, 2010, Skipper Rich Wilson, a Marblehead native, will be give a presentation on his Vendee Globe voyage completed in March 2009. Program information is at: http://web.mit.edu/MUSEUM/programs/secondfridays.html#March

Added by Lorraine on March 4, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Approaching the Finish Line

Skipper Rich Wilson has just 453.7 nautical miles to go to get to Les Sables d'Olonne! http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en When he arrives, he will be the second American to have completed this epic race. Follow him to the finish with the race tracker on the Vendee Globe site!

Added by Lorraine on March 8, 2009 at 6:28am — No Comments

Day 101 of the Vendee Globe Race

Today is Day 101 in the Vendee Globe race. Rich is in ninth place and 5 of the 11 skippers who remain in the race are still at sea. My students and I have been sending Rich email via his http://www.sitesalive.com website link and following him on Google Earth. The Thinkfinity website is also hosting his content at http://ehrweb01.aaas.org/sail/ I'm hoping that… Continue

Added by Lorraine on February 18, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Web 2.0 at Sea

This is Day 77 in the Vendee Globe around-the-world race. Skipper Rich Wilson, the only US contestant and the oldest skipper in the competition is in tenth place. At the start of the race there were 30 skippers. Now there are 12 remaining in the race. Rich is rounding Cape Horn today. Ironically today he was sailing in nearly the same position that he was in when his Great American boat capsized off the coast of Cape Horn in 1990. It was an… Continue

Added by Lorraine on January 25, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Scratch and Garageband Fun

Click on the image to see the Scratch project combining Scratch, Garageband, and the upcoming Vendee Globe.
Scratch Project

Added by Lorraine on October 28, 2008 at 8:12pm — No Comments

On Board Once Again

As our 'teacher at sea' begins the Vendee Globe, my students are once again preparing to follow his voyage. We followed him in 2001, when he sailed from NY to Melbourne, AU; in 2003 when he sailed from Hong Kong to NY and in 2004 in the Transat 2004 from Plymouth to Boston. Though the students from those years are well into college now, their younger siblings and friends share the same excitement as they did several pre-skype years ago! As… Continue

Added by Lorraine on October 24, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cheer On the Skippers!


You and your students can send a message of encouragement to the 30 skippers preparing for the epic Vendee Globe race including Skipper… Continue

Added by Lorraine on October 3, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Reflections from Our Teacher at Sea

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/media/audios/ As the Vendee Globe approaches Skipper Rich Wilson, our teacher at sea, reflects on the upcoming voyage. Join educators around the world as we follow the Vendee Globe with our students.

Added by Lorraine on September 25, 2008 at 12:39am — No Comments

The Vendee Globe Skippers



It was very exciting for… Continue

Added by Lorraine on September 16, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Pop Fly

A fun collection of songs for young children:… Continue

Added by Lorraine on September 7, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

115 Smiles

Here is one of my favorite paintings by Bren Bataclan. The mural in our school hallway is a collaboration between the third graders and Bren illustrating the third grade curriculum. Next week he is going to leave 115 of his smile paintings in NYC on September 9, 10th. If a person finds the painting there is a note on it that says, 'This painting is yours to keep if you promise to smile at people more… Continue

Added by Lorraine on September 4, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Introducing Mango

Throughout the spring my kindergarten and first grade students watched the development of Tim Bowerbank's early literacy game with his new character, Mango. As he created his game, he shared sketches and preview posts so that the kindergarten and first grade students could see his progress and give him feedback via audio files. It was great fun for the students to… Continue

Added by Lorraine on August 19, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

The Vendee Globe

Skipper Rich Wilson is preparing for the Vendee Globe in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. The race, beginning on November 9th, is held once every four years. This year, Skipper Rich Wilson, a former math teacher in the Boston area, will be sharing… Continue

Added by Lorraine on August 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments


A beautiful sunset on the boatride for the Building Learning Communities conference last week.

Added by Lorraine on July 26, 2008 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Scratch Conference Opening Session Post

The opening session of the Scratch Conference is posted on this web page.

Added by Lorraine on July 25, 2008 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The Circle Song Project

Click on the link to hear the The Circle Song Project songs.



Added by Lorraine on July 18, 2008 at 3:00am — 2 Comments



I've been posting about the Vendee Globe for a few months now. I'm hoping that in November 2008 when the sailors leave from France, that students and teachers around the planet will join together to follow this voyage and most importantly to share in this learning experience together. Ten years ago I would never imagine writing this blog post. It was in the past 9 years that I have appreciated the opportunities that are… Continue

Added by Lorraine on July 7, 2008 at 2:04pm — No Comments


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