Literature Review of Postings on ePals
Parkway Middle School, Tonya Brown; teacher
Tonya Brown of Parkway Middle School in Florida has a post where she is looking for her students to meet students from other backgrounds and cultures. After reading the short description of what she is looking, it seems as if it does not involve any musical performances and does not have structure to the correspondence she is looking for. My project is aimed at having my students meet students from other cultures the same as she is, but I have more specific goals and objectives in mind.
SanLee Middle School, Robin Neville; teacher
The type of connection this teacher is looking for is closer to what I am proposing TOT. The teacher, Robin Neville, is looking to share musical performances and information on the culture of participating schools. The one difference between her goal of connecting with other classrooms seems to be that she, the teacher, wants her students to learn about other musical careers in addition to cultures.
Greenville Middle School, Becky Montour; teacher
The description for what this teacher is looking for is pretty short, but it is centered on performing and collaborating via Skype or email. Again TOT is looking to fulfill a performance aspect via telecommunication, but with a structured project and distinct objectives and outcomes in mind.
Joe Wilson Intermediate School, Kari Willson; teacher
This teacher is looking to meet the same goals/outcomes as myself. Kari Willson’s “Passport to Music” project is designed so that her students will perform with, make recordings with, and share different aspects of culture with participating classes from across the world. In my searching for partnering teachers and schools, this class seems to be the best fit, but unfortunately is in the U.S. like myself.