Windows of the World

A Literary and Virtual Tour

Technology and literature will join hands to take Washington Avenue School (Pleasantville, Atlantic County) fourth graders on a journey to foreign lands beginning in September. Through Windows of the World: A Literary and Virtual Tour, funded with a $3,400 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, students will learn about other countries and cultures based on the stories they read in their reading program and information they gather through technology. Teachers Steven Troiano, Ella Maglalang, and Marlene Barrera will serve as travel agents for their students.

For each country studied, a virtual travel itinerary will be planned using an Internet travel site. Basic facts regarding each country will be recorded on a fact-finding sheet, including distances from the USA, population size, major religions, government, and topography.

Students will create for each country a web site and as they journey from one country to another they will add links, interesting facts, essays, poems, artistic displays, and digital images.

In addition, communication will be established with students from other countries using an Internet pen-pal service.

The Windows of the World program will be run as an after school academy and will concentrate on technology, writing, reading, and art activities.

For more information about this project, contact:

Steve Troiano
(609) 646-0918