Poster Session

Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing (CITVC): Learning by Doing

Track: Learning & Teaching Innovations

Through project-based learning, CITVC allows students to gain skills necessary for productive problem solving and decision-making. The refinement of these skills is aimed at preparing students to become effective and responsible contributors at the individual, community, state, national, and international levels. Utilizing educational technology to its fullest, CITVC students are actively engaged in exploring real-world problems and challenges.

Kathleen Menake
Social Studies Teacher
Passaic Valley Regional High School

Bio / Expertise:
Kathleen Menake is a Social Studies teacher from Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls, New Jersey. She has taught for 13 years and is currently teaching the following courses: World History Honors, U.S. History II and Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing. Kathleen has incorporated videoconferencing into her courses for over ten years; she and her students have participated in hundreds of videoconferences since 2003. With a drive to encourage her students to become global citizens, Kathleen helped to design and teaches the course Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing, which is currently in its 6th year. It is an elective course open to juniors and seniors in high school and it prepares students to engage in inquiry-based learning. Students are encouraged to pursue their own projects, i.e., the creation of content for the course. It prepares students to become effective and responsible contributors at the individual, community, state, national and international levels.

Gregg Festa
Montclair State University

Bio / Expertise:
Gregg Festa is a veteran K-12 teacher, school technology coordinator and instructional media designer who founded and now directs The ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies at Montclair State University. Gregg has presented and published widely on a variety of issues related to teaching, learning and technology and has recently been quoted in several publications including Edutopia, where Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program was rated one of the ten best in the nation for its innovative use of technology to support the simultaneous renewal of practicing teachers, teacher educators and teacher education students. Gregg, the 2007 NJ Technologist of the Year, is nationally recognized for his work in designing “Classrooms for the Future”, creating and coordinating the Verizon funded Digital Backpacks program for K-12 educators and founding the federally supported Silk City Media Workshop, a pioneering after-school program that engages inner city kids in the process of using digital media as a tool to express themselves and share their work globally.