Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer is here!

It was such a jammed packed school year that we are finally catchin gour breath at the EMC. Not to say that we still don't have a lot going on but there is more time to spend on each project and to get out and play!

Many of us just coompleted the Governor's Institute of Vermont in Information Technology. Eight faculty members, ten Champlain college students as Resident Advisors((RAs)one of whom also took on a teaching load!),and 40 teens from through out Vermont! It was an awesome experience with us learning as much as we taught.

Other projects going on at the EMC are with the Vermont State Archeologist Giovanna Peebles on a "virtual museum", finalizing the Cystic Fibrosis game (now in testing, and IBM project in virtual worlds, mapping of Burlington in Google Earth with the college and soon the City of Burlington, and iPhone app with Elliott Masie for his Fall Learning 2009 conference.

What is going into hiatus - or maybe not is the UN game project to end violence against women. Funding from the UN ended July 1 but will resume in January. Especially cool is that the project became part of the Secretary General's UNite Campaign so will now be available for country funding under that banner. So last night we all celebrated with an old-fashioned grill complete with sparklers, a firepit, volleyball and of course DDR!

Till the UN funds come through again, we are in a people-to-people fundraising campaign of our own to keep the creativity and progress going in the meantime. Check out these links to learn more or get involved:
Project Website:
VAW Blog:

Here's our video to explain the project recently post to YouTube (thank you Ray and team!):

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