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Dear Fellows,

Kath did such a stellar job of sharing our project with you this summer,
that I am finding her a bit of a "hard act to follow". However, we are now
accepting registration for America Dreams, so I leave my humility at the
door and tell you...it's going to be great! Join us, if you can :-)

Leni
(Kath's California partner)
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America Dreams: an online, collaborative project
Oct. 13 - Nov. 24, 1998
Grades 4 - 12

Registration is now being accepted on the project website
http://www.internet-catalyst.org/projects/amproject/splash.html
mailto:[log in to unmask]

Project Description-
As we near the beginning of a new Millennium it's time to review lessons
learned from the dreams of Americans past; to relate those lessons to the
realities of America, present; and to envision our hopes for America's
future. This project, created by Leni Donlan and Kathleen Ferenz, 1997
Fellows, American Memory Program, Library of Congress, challenges students
to explore the American Dream from three perspectives. Come dream with
us....

As Historian...
The initial WebQuest provides a guided investigation of "The American
Dream" which explores what that abstract concept has meant through the
decades of America's past. This phase establishes a knowledge base and an
analytical outlook as students use the digital resources of the American
Memory collections, Library of Congress, for research. It prepares students
to become the historians who will write the story of their own community.
Outcome: Team web exhibits

As Storyteller...
Through focused studies that begin with families and expand to include
communities, classrooms across the nation will create community narratives
(" Community Name (eg. San Francisco) - Through our Eyes."). Collectively,
the narratives become a digital gallery, "Portrait of America." which tells
the story of our nation as we enter a new Millennium. Individual dreams of
students, teachers, community members, elected officials and other
participants will be published on "The Wall of Dreams."
Outcomes- Web exhibits: Portrait of America, Wall of Dreams

As Celebrant...
The culminating activity is a "Celebration of Americans." In schools across
the nation, students will host community festivals to share their stories
and dreams. Meeting in electronic chat rooms and in video conferences,
local narratives will be shared with other classes and with state and
national officials.

America Dreams will contribute to the building of a collective, 21st
Century Dream for our nation. Come dream with us...

Highlights-
- students will understand that beliefs and events of the past create the
present
- students will understand that they create the future
- provides a vehicle for students to interact with and learn from their
community
- uses the digital resources of the American Memory Collections, Library of
Congress
- collaborative discussion in weekly chats with other participants
- creates a national digital gallery, Portrait of America, a snapshot of
America at the turn of the Millennium
- builds an archive, the  dreams of American citizens for a positive
future, the "Wall of Dreams"

Utilizes-
Chat: IRC
Videoconferencing: CU-SeeMe
Building web pages: tools available to help with this
Interaction: Mailing list, weekly chats for teachers and students
Broad participation: higher education, Library of Congress, elected
goverment office holders
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Dear Fellows,


Kath did such a stellar job of sharing our project with you this
summer, that I am finding her a bit of a "hard act to follow". However,
we are now accepting registration for America Dreams, so I leave my
humility at the door and tell you...it's going to be great! Join us, if
you can :-)


Leni

(Kath's California partner)

=====================

<fontfamily><param>Times</param>America Dreams: an online,
collaborative project

Oct. 13 - Nov. 24, 1998

Grades 4 - 12


Registration is now being accepted on the project website

http://www.internet-catalyst.org/projects/amproject/splash.html

mailto:[log in to unmask]


Project Description-

As we near the beginning of a new Millennium it's time to review
lessons learned from the dreams of Americans past; to relate those
lessons to the  realities of America, present; and to envision our
hopes for America's future. This project, created by Leni Donlan and
Kathleen Ferenz, 1997 Fellows, American Memory Program, Library of
Congress, challenges students to explore the American Dream from three
perspectives. Come dream with us....


As Historian...

The initial WebQuest provides a guided investigation of "The American
Dream" which explores what that abstract concept has meant through the
decades of America's past. This phase establishes a knowledge base and
an analytical outlook as students use the digital resources of the
American Memory collections, Library of Congress, for research. It
prepares students to become the historians who will write the story of
their own community.

Outcome: Team web exhibits


As Storyteller...

Through focused studies that begin with families and expand to include
communities, classrooms across the nation will create community
narratives (" Community Name (eg. San Francisco) - Through our Eyes.").
Collectively, the narratives become a digital gallery, "Portrait of
America." which tells the story of our nation as we enter a new
Millennium. Individual dreams of students, teachers, community members,
elected officials and other participants will be published on "The Wall
of Dreams."

Outcomes- Web exhibits: Portrait of America, Wall of Dreams


As Celebrant...

The culminating activity is a "Celebration of Americans." In schools
across the nation, students will host community festivals to share
their stories and dreams. Meeting in electronic chat rooms and in video
conferences, local narratives will be shared with other classes and
with state and national officials.


America Dreams will contribute to the building of a collective, 21st
Century Dream for our nation. Come dream with us...


Highlights-

- students will understand that beliefs and events of the past create
the present

- students will understand that they create the future

- provides a vehicle for students to interact with and learn from their
community

- uses the digital resources of the American Memory Collections,
Library of Congress

- collaborative discussion in weekly chats with other participants

- creates a national digital gallery, Portrait of America, a snapshot
of America at the turn of the Millennium

- builds an archive, the  dreams of American citizens for a positive
future, the "Wall of Dreams"



Utilizes-

Chat: IRC

Videoconferencing: CU-SeeMe

Building web pages: tools available to help with this

Interaction: Mailing list, weekly chats for teachers and students

Broad participation: higher education, Library of Congress, elected
goverment office holders </fontfamily>

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