One of the many things that make The School at Columbia University special is our Integrated Projects Week (IPW). Students break up into small groups with faculty advisors and explore something in depth for a week. On the last day of the last week before Spring Break, there is a showcase of all the projects. This year, teachers actively tweeted with the hashtag #IPW2013 on Twitter. A variety of tweets were shared or retweeted from The School’s Twitter account (@The_School).
Over the years, I’ve led Haunted New York, Black Rock Forest Leaders, Digital Archivists, Paper and Book Making, and Minecraft (this is the 2nd year of Minecraft). I partnered with 7th grade English teacher, Albert DeGrasse, to explore the geography and architecture of New York City in order to inspire the virtual world our 4th-7th graders built on our private MinecraftEdu server. We visited the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum of Art, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the High Line Park. Our Google site with our collected reflections, images, and videos is here.
Today is the showcase, and tomorrow I will sleep late.