Rock Our World!

Verona Area School District Students Collaborate with Others Around the World, Submitted
by Rita A. Mortenson

Since the start of the school year, the 3rd graders in Ms. Karie Huttner’s class and the high school students in Ms. Julie Jenewein’s, class along with Ms. Rita Mortenson, have been busy making music, videos and skyping (video chatting) with schools around the world. As participants who applied, and were selected to the 15th season of “Rock Our World” they have been working with over 1000 students from 43 schools in 6 continents.

Each season, Rock Our World focuses on a challenged based learning project, as well as having students create music using GarageBand (a software program available on the Mac). On a weekly basis, students use GarageBand to create a music track that is then sent to other schools around the world. The end result after weeks and weeks of schools adding additional tracks –a beautiful song that everyone is proud of.

This season, Rock Our World’s Challenge was: Healthy Eating and Sustainability. The essential question that students researched was “How can we eat healthy with the lowest carbon footprint possible?” The challenge to all students was
“Improve your family’s healthy eating choices and find solutions for your community’s sustainable foods.” Carol Anne McGuire, Founder of Rock Our World has developed an amazing collaborative project that really gets students thinking about others around the world. Coming together on projects such as these gives students the opportunity to learn about
new cultures, meet new friends, and use 21st century skills while learning and having fun.

The culmination of the season ends with what is called family night. This is a time where students get to skype and be interviewed by a team of students in California. All schools participating can follow along via the live stream on the internet.

Rock our World: 2011
A few of the schools participating this year besides Verona Area School District were schools in: California, Ontario, Canada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Tasmania, Australia; Christchurch, NZ; Nayland, New Zealand; Mexico, Lima, Peru, Poland, Germany, Belgium and Kita City, Tokoyo, Japan.

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