Since Rich Wilson sailed from NYC to Melbourne, AU in 2001, Lorraine Leo, a technology teacher at Jackson School in Newton, MA, has followed his voyages with her students. Throughout the voyages students track his position, ask questions, listen to his podcasts, and read his essays and complete teacher’s guide activities integrating science, technology, engineering and math.
Inspired by the SitesAlive! Program to bring the real world into the classroom she continues to connect her students with schools and experts across the globe. She is also actively involved with World Museum Project, under the direction of Professor Yoshiro Miyata in Chukyo University, Japan. Working with Professor Yoshiro Miyata and project partners across the globe, she and her students have completed several cross-cultural intergenerational projects including the World Peace Music project using Scratch. Also a member of “Hello Little World Skypers,” Mrs. Leo uses Skype to connect with her students and share ideas with teachers from several countries.
Mrs. Leo participated in the Boston Museum of Science Gateway Project and is currently a member of the Jackson School STEM team. Mrs. Leo has worked as a classroom and reading teacher, and served as an editor in School Reading at Houghton Mifflin Company for six years. Mrs. Leo received her M.A. in Reading from SUNY Cortland. She is on the National Scholastic Teacher’s Advisory Board for Scholastic.com. She was awarded the LearningTimes Global Collaboration Award in 2003 and the Illinois Online Innovations Conference Award in 2004.