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Eva's Titles & Responsibilities:
- Third grade teacher & technology integration specialist. Riverbend Elementary, Springfield Oregon
- For 3 years, for duration of project funding, One-to-One Laptop Initiative Program Development Specialist for Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Middle School, Springfield, Oregon (2004-2008)
- Member of the Board of Directors of:
- ISTE 1-to-1-SIG group
- Geo-Literacy Project
- Co-Director of The Geo-Literacy Project- (www.geolit.org)
- Co-Chairperson of "Day in the Life of a One-to-One Learning Environment"
- Senior Trainer- Intel Teach to the Future
- Apple Distinguished Educator 2005
- Educational Consultant- The George Lucas Educational Foundation
- Adobe Educational Leader
Professional & Educational Biography:
For three years Eva was the "One-to-One Program Development Specialist" for Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Oregon. Her responsiblities included being the school-based staff development specialist, working closely with students and teachers, maintaining the school website, as well as technology support for over 340 computers.
Kyle Peck (Penn State University) and Eva LaMar are co-chairing the 2006 "Day in the Life of a One-to-One Digital Learning Environment". The Day in the Life has been set to March 1, 2006 with the roll-out of the website during NECC 2006.
Eva graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Poly-Technic State University. Her MS in Education with an emphasis on Online Teaching and Learning was earned from CSU Hayward . She is a seasoned grades 3-8 teacher with an emphasis in English as a Second Language and Gifted Education. For the last four years she has traveled across the US as a Senior Trainer conducting “train the trainer” sessions for the Intel Teach to the Future program. Eva has also presented workshops, poster sessions, and traditional sessions at many different conferences. Eva earned her “Cross Culture and Language Acquisition and Development” certificate from UC Davis, her “Online Learning and Teaching” certificate from CSU Hayward, and is in process of completing her MS in Online Learning and Teaching.
Rush Ranch: Why is it important to preserve Rush Ranch? My third grade students worked with a 6th grade class of students while being mentored by a high school group. Collaboratively they answered the essential question above by choosing focus areas and exploring the Native American history, settlement patterns of the Mexicans and Europeans, flora and fauna patterns, as well as the county's future plans for "Rush Ranch" . The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) featured this project as an exemplary model of project-based learning. They filmed us as we filmed, documented, collected data and otherwise working on the project. The third grade students built a web site to explain their findings.
Clay Animation as a tool to explain how plate tectonics creates different kinds of mountains. Part of the third grade standards were to show understanding of plate tectonics. My students were confused such an abstract concept. Thus, I asked them the question, "Could a volcano erupt in your backyard?". The students were hooked- fascinated. Students self-selected specific types of mountains to study and then used clay animation to explain the processes that created or destroyed a mountain or other land feature. We created a PowerPoint show with the clay animations, object rotations, and iMovies combined into a meaningful story. We won a national award for the project. I also won the National Science Teacher Association's "National Earth Science Teacher of the Year" for the same project.
CSI: Cemetery Scene Investigators Old historical cemeteries are often falling apart- we are losing historical data at an alarming rate. Thus, when the students in my classes were challenged with the questions about the historic condition of our local "Rockville Cemetery" they wanted to know. We analyzed the cemetery using a variety of tools (bird, animal, plant, & insect ID books, measuring tapes, digital cameras, CamCorders, old plot identification books, headstone classification cards, and much more). Students collected and analyzed their data before presenting it on their web page.
Nationally, other schools are now using our webquest to conduct their own "CSI" project! Some of their findings are also posted on my Geolit web site (www.geolit.org)
CSI & The George Lucas Ed Foundation In the summer of 2004 Linda Ferguson (the co-director of the Geo-Lit Project & fellow teacher) and I were invited to write our CSI project into a working module! We were able to go to Skywalker Ranch twice- what a marvelous and excited experience.
Over the summer we completed the online module and wrote the Edutopia article!
Mapping with GPS Units Preparing to go and map the local historical cemetery, the students first used GPS units to create a map of the local park. Students collected, analyzed and organized data into maps, lists of measurements, and explanations for the design of the park. With parents deeply involved, student/parent teams also digitally documented important features within the park.
CSI WebQuest If you would like to try your own CSI activity, please let us know! We can help you with the handouts and planning input! We also have my WebQuest which also has much of the information within the teacher section.