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February 23, 2003

Back from the Show Us State

I got back Friday from three days of workshops in Missouri with the EMINTS project. What a great group of people: smart, well organized, hard working and congenial. They're using WebQuests as part of a larger effort to promote contructivist teaching in a network of tech-rich classrooms [see video]. Each EMINTS classroom has a computer for every two kids, a smart board, and videoconferencing capability. Each participating school has two such classrooms, usually in grades 3, 4 or 5. The important part, though, is the overlay of ongoing support and motivation provided by a team that has had no turnover over the years.

I've been a regular visitor to EMINTS since late 1998 and I'm proud to be associated with them. Of all the large scale change efforts I'm aware of, this one is my favorite. Missouri has something to teach the rest of us.