In response to Vince and to include others with an IT concept from his techno fly fishing post...
http://www.thomasames.com/insects/ <http://www.thomasames.com/insects/> : These pages contain samples from the vast archive of the author's photographs of insects that are central to the art of fly fishing. Also, a link to a book your son might enjoy if you don't already have it - A Hatch Guide For New England Streams.
~You might extend your son's interest and encourage him to produce a Hatch Guide for his favorite local river. A great excell document data-base and simple web page project opportunity :-)
~You might suggest it to your Earth/Environmental Science Teacher and send students off with digital cameras to take pictures, probes to test water temps, etc. Get several schools to participate and create the Vermont Fly Fishing Almanac.
~ Inspire connections and support outside of school by asking fly fishing businesses to help fund and participate in the project.... have them support the editing and publishing of a book.
~Have participating schools host a celebration at the end inviting parents and students to join local fly fishing experts for a day on their local river to unveil the book.
Examples of Hatch Charts:
Wouldn't this be a fun multi-disciplinary collabrative unit to get paid to produce at Ed and Gregg's summer Model Performance Task Workshop!
Sorry, I get carried away sometimes. You might want to check up on the Information Literacy program at your school.... from my cell I could have found a picture of a Stonefly online. Good news is that your son regards you as an expert.... yikes! *runs*
Nice article for your son - http://www.thomasames.com/insects/article/spring/spring.htm <http://www.thomasames.com/insects/article/spring/spring.htm>
Morristown School District
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From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Vince Rossano
Sent: Fri 4/22/2005 4:15 PM
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Subject: Tech moment.
I hope this isn't inappropriate, but I'd like to relate something that
just happened that had to do with a kid, technology and education.
My 17-year-old son has decided he wants to become a fly-fisherman like
his father. He was down at the river a little while ago and saw some
insects hatching which he wanted to identify. He called me on his cell
phone and described one to me. I said it sounded like a stonefly, but I
wasn't sure. Within several minutes of the end of our conversation, I
get an email message from him with a picture of the insect in question
attached. My son had taken it with his cell phone camera and used
Verizon's photo messenging service to send it to me right from the
riverbank. I called him back and said: "Yup, that's a stonefly."
Talk about a teachable moment. I mean for me. Here's what I learned:
sometimes these tech gimmicks actually are useful.
Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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