[NHDOE-ETNews] Spread the word - MLTI & FreeRice.com

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Wed May 26 06:53:45 EDT 2010


MEDIA ADVISORY
Maine Department of Education | Angela Faherty, Acting Commissioner
 
May 25, 2010
Contact:  
David Connerty-Marin, 207-624-6880 | 207-831-3313
 

WHAT
More than 1,000 students and teachers will fight hunger this Thursday by correctly answering vocabulary, math and other curriculum area questions on their state-issued laptops. This is part of the largest Maine Learning Technology Initiative annual student conference ever, held at the University of Maine, Orono.
 
The conference is partnering with the United Nations’ World Food Programme to host the students and teachers on a specially-developed version of FreeRice.com, a web site where users make donations of rice to feed hungry people by answering core curriculum questions around vocabulary, mathematics, geography, science and more.
 
Maine’s laptop program is the first to work with FreeRice.com to create a localized effort to raise food for the hungry. A customized version of the site will be available to challenge Maine students, along with invitees from around the world, to raise as much food as they can.
 
The project showcases how technology can help make learning relevant and engaging for students by allowing them to address a real world problem via a social network while learning.
 
There is also a local hunger connection – students have been encouraged to bring canned foods to donate to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest food bank.
 
The project also presented a technological challenge for network technicians at the University of Maine System, who are busy finalizing a wireless network that will host more than 1,000 wireless laptops simultaneously in the 1400 seat Hutchins Concert Hall in the Collins Center for the Arts.
 
A representative of FreeRice.com from the World Food Programme will address students via video conference to kick off the event.
 
There will also be student-led workshops all day, such as:
 
"I came, I saw, iPod!" (Mary C. McCarthy & Students from Middle School of the Kennebunks)
News is Now, News is Complex, News is Us, News is Important! (Nicole Poulin & Students from Messalonskee Middle School)
Get Your Geek On! Starting a High School Tech Team (Shana Goodall & Students from Orono High School)
 
The workshops run from 9:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
 
WHO
More than 1,000 students and teachers from all over Maine; the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI, Maine’s laptop program); the United Nations’ World Food Programme; Good Shepherd Food Bank; University of Maine
 
WHERE
University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts
Directions: http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/location.shtml
 
WHEN
Thursday, May 27
9:25 – 10:25a.m. Student & teacher led workshops
10:40 – 11:40a.m. Professionally led workshops
1 – 2 p.m. The “Uber-Session” (FreeRice.com) with more than 1,000 participants
 
MORE INFO
MLTI Student Conference - http://www.mlti.org/studentconference
World Food Programme - http://www.wfp.org/
Good Shepherd Food Bank - http://gsfb.org/
Free Rice – http://www.freerice.com
 
 
Additional Contacts:
 
Jeff Mao <jeff.mao at maine.gov>
Maine Department of Education
Learning Technology Policy Director
(207) 624-6634 (office)

Steve Garton <steven.garton at maine.gov>
Maine Department of Education
Coordinator of Educational Technology
207.624.6631 (office)
Maria Guimaraes Maria.Guimaraes at wfp.org Partnership Manager, Private Partnerships Division, United Nations World Food Programme 
Tel: +39 066513 2532
Fax: +39 06 6513 301 
Melissa Glenn
Public Relations/Events Coordinator
Good Shepherd Food-Bank
(207)782-3554x107 (Auburn)
(207)782-3554x157 (Portland)
David Connerty-Marin
Director of Communications
Maine Department of Education
207-624-6880 (o) | 207-831-3313 (c)
David.Connerty-Marin at Maine.gov

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