“Virtual Volunteers” Enhances Classroom Projects

When I was teaching high school English last year, we did a unit on Greek tragedies in which my students read, acted out, and completed projects on the play Antigone. Although I majored in English in college, Greek mythology was never one of my areas of expertise. During the unit, I asked some of the more experienced English teachers at the high school for advice on teaching Greek mythology and read up about Thebes, Oedipus, and the pronunciations of all those ridiculously complicated cialis ulcer Greek names. I provided my students with a little extra

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background information thanks to my last-minute research, but I would have loved to have had an expert — or at least someone more knowledgeable than me — on Greek mythology come speak to my class and provide them thorough background information and context for the play.

Had Digital Wish’s “Virtual Volunteers” been around last year, I might have been able to do online viagra that. Digital Wish is a nonprofit that develops new online tools and promotions for teachers, and matches teachers who have specific technology requests with donors who can donate the technology that classroom needs. Digital Wish recently launched a new program called “Virtual Volunteers” which allows teachers generic viagra to post requests for http://genericviagra4sexlife.com/ volunteers to help with cialis 50mg pills classroom projects on the Digital Wish website. For example, a teacher wanting a volunteer to speak about Greek mythology could post a request for an expert on Greek mythology to come and speak to their class. Volunteers can sign up for the program by describing their interests and volunteer for various class projects by serving in the classroom via video conference.

The teacher requests run the gamut: there are requests asking for a http://viagraonline-cheapbest.com/ published poet to speak to middle school students during a poetry unit, a zoo keeper or exotic species zoologist to speak with freshmen about their experiences in zoo keeping, a civil engineer to speak to fifth graders while they construct bridges out out toothpicks for a project, and many more.

According to a recent article in T.H.E. Journal, Digital Wish will recruit for volunteers in corporations, entrepreneur networks, and scientific associations to help teachers with various projects. Digital Wish screens all applicants and matches teachers with volunteers’ profiles.

Are you an educator who needs help with a classroom project? Or an expert (perhaps an exotic species zoologist?) who has a little time to volunteer in the classroom? Check out the Virtual Volunteers website.

Have http://cialisonline-lowprice.com/ you used Virtual Volunteers before? Tell me about your experience at cdoyle@technapex.com.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.