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Learning Page Chat, October 3, 2002: Immigration

MichaelAH [to All]: "Welcome to tonight's inaugural Library of Congress session!"

BillTh says, "Hello, Leni..."

MichaelAH [SS Forum] exclaims, "we're pleased that the LOC is going to be a regular presence in TAPPED IN!"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "and this should be an exciting series of sessions"

GailGP exclaims, "We hope so!"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "tonight's topic is "Immigration", and we'll be looking at a lot of great resources..."

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "and discussing a lot of interesting ideas tonight"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "since we're maybe some new friends here..."

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "let's start with introductions..."

MichaelAH [SS Forum] asks, "Leni, want to lead us off?"

LeniD exclaims, "Great idea Michael. Thanks!"

LeniD says, "I'm Leni Donlan...a former classroom teacher.."

LeniD says, "now working at the Library of Congress leading the Learning Page Project."

LeniD asks, "We have others from the Library here tonight. Bill, would you like to introduce yourself, please?"

BillTh says, "Thanks, Leni.."

BillTh says, "Good evening..."

GailGP says, "Hi Bill"

BillTh says, "I'm a new eLearning Technology specialist with the Library."

BillTh says, "I'm very excited to be working with Leni and all of our new learning community members as we launch our new endeavors."

BillTh says, "Thanks, Leni - back to you."

LeniD asks, "Bill, Gail, and I just left one another a few hours ago. Gail, would you introduce yourself, please?"

LeniD says, "Thanks, Bill :-)"

GailGP says, "Hi from me - Gail Petri"

DavidW says, "I'm David Weksler. I lead the Math teachers discussion in TappedIn and I live close to Ellis Island"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "my name is Michael Hutchison, and I'm a social studies teacher in Indiana... I also host a Social Studies teachers' forum here at 8 p.m. Eastern on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month."

KarenSN ["Primary Source Heaven"] says, "Hello, my name is Karen Needles. I am a former classroom teacher, now an Education Specialist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C."

GailGP exclaims, "I'm a recently retired librarian from the Rochester, NY area!"

LeniD exclaims, "Ah, terrific, David!"

GailGP says, "Hi Karen - great to hear from you1"

BJ [HelpDesk] says, "I'm a teacher in Pennsylvania and a helpdesk volunteer for TAPPED IN."

LeniD says, "Michael and Karen..I love seeing "old friends" here :-)"

GailGP exclaims, "I'm now working with LOC on Learning Page projects!"

KarenSN ["Primary Source Heaven"] exclaims, "Congratulations!"

LeniD says, "Karen used to work with us at the Library, too."

LeniD asks, "Nancy, I think that leaves you. Would you care to introduce yourself?"

KarenSN ["Primary Source Heaven"] says, "Yes, absolutely a great place."

NancyER says, "Right-- I work in technology and staff development for the Cedar Rapids public schools."

LeniD exclaims, "We're so glad to have you join us!"

GailGP exclaims, "Hi Nancy and welcome!"

NancyER says, "Thanks! I expect to be knocked out."

GailGP exclaims, "I hope not!"

NancyER says, "By the quality of what I"see"."

LeniD says, "We have a good deal to show, Nancy."

GailGP exclaims, "This is a meeting place to share ideas - please do share!"

LeniD says, "OK...shall we begin? Right, Gail. Speak up at any time..don't be shy! :-)"

GailGP asks, "Me, shy?"

LeniD exclaims, "LOL..Not YOU, Gail!"

DavidW smiles.

LeniD asks, "Let's begin at the front door of the Library of Congress. Ready?"

BJ [HelpDesk] says, "a reminder to click on DETACH in the middle right of your screen to make the text window larger"

GailGP says, "Thanks BJ"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] projects project note. --------------- When I "project" an URL, you'll see the website appear in another browser window. This is normal. If you are using a "text client", you'll need to "copy and paste" the URL in a browser window. You may need to switch from one window to another to see the webpage. DO NOT close THIS window! ---------------

MichaelAH [to Leni]: "ok, project away!"

GailGP says, "That is helpful"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP says, "and i see it"

GailGP says, "A trove of treasures"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] checks to see if everyone got the web page...

LeniD asks, "Are you all familiar with the New LOOK of the Library's site?"

GailGP says, "Gail is"

GailGP says, "good question"

DavidW says, "looks good to me."

LeniD says, "There are two ways to reach the Learning Page...our project, from here."

DavidW [to LeniD]: "Feedback from the crowd"

MichaelAH [to All]: "did everyone get it?"

NancyER says, "I saw it and lost it."

LeniD says, "Thanks for the feedback, David :-0"

MichaelAH [to Nancy]: "want me to show it to you again?"

GailGP says, "it is behind my tapped in page but I know it is there"

LeniD says, "Let us know when you are ready to see the two ways to the Learning Page, please."

MichaelAH [to Gail]: "you might want to click on the taskbar if you're using Windows... the loc page is probably just hidden behind TAPestry"NancyER says, "Thanks-- I've got it back."

LeniD says, "Great, Nancy."

GailGP exclaims, "Thanks - I can do that and toggle back and forth!"

LeniD asks, "Are we ready to move to another site?"

LeniD says, "type yes, if you rush :-0"

MichaelAH [to Leni]: "whenever you're ready !"

GailGP exclaims, "Yes, I am, but I am part of the choir!"

NancyER says, "Yes, LeniD."

LeniD asks, "Great...Karen and Bill...ready?"

BillTh says, "Ready"

LeniD says, "Thanks, Bill."

LeniD says, "From the LOC page there are two ways to the Learning Page..our destiny."

DavidW nods.

GailGP says, "yep"

LeniD says, "You can click on the link "Especially for Teachers" in the middle of the page..."

LeniD says, "try it :-) from here:"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP says, "America's Library is on my screen"

LeniD asks, "Back?"

michele [guest] has arrived.

GailGP says, "yes, I went back"

MichaelAH [to Gail]: "want me to show you the page?"

LeniD says, "The second way is to go in through the American Memory link. I'm going to take you to American Memory in just a moment and show you that entrance. OK?"

LeniD says, "(if you all type ok, I'll know it is safe to move on)"

MichaelAH [to Michele [guest]]: "can I show you the page we're looking at?"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] says, "ok"

GailGP says, "ok"

BillTh says, "sounds great - away we go..."

NancyER says, "OK, it's safe to move on :)."

LeniD says, "Thanks, Nancy. :-)"

BJ [HelpDesk] shows michele the URL:

LeniD says, "I'm going to show you the American Memory will see a link to the Learning Page there, as well."

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP says, "I see it"

LeniD exclaims, "Let's try that again!"

DavidW [to LeniD]: "Got it."

MichaelAH [SS Forum] has it

LeniD says, "OK :-) So much for the American Memory link :-)"

LeniD says, "Now...let's go to the Community Center of the Learning Page. First here:"

GailGP says, "Michele - introduce yourself"

DavidW [to LeniD]: "This page looks great."

LeniD exclaims, "I'm sorry I missed your entrance Michele. Welcome!"

michele [guest] says, "I am a librarian at an elem schl in Rochester NY"

michele [guest] says, "Hi"

LeniD asks, "Aha! Do you happen to know our friend Gail?"

GailGP exclaims, "Michele is my "replacement" at Fyle School!"

LeniD exclaims, "Welcome, Michele!"

GailGP exclaims, "A wonderful NEW librarian!"

michele [guest] says, "That's what brings me to this site, at least in part"

GailGP exclaims, "On the cutting edge!"

LeniD asks, "OK...from the front page of the Learning Page we will move to the community center. Ready?"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] is ready

michele [guest] says, "OK"

DavidW nods.

LeniD asks, "Nancy? Bill? Karen?"

BillTh says, "I can't wait to see what you have in store for us."

LeniD projects the URL:

NancyER says, "I'm checking out the description of this month's discussion theme."

GailGP exclaims, "And next month's theme will be HOLIDAYS!"

LeniD exclaims, "Take a bit of time to see the upcoming themes, too. We are VERY excited about the NEW Community Center!"

LeniD says, "Gail, Bill and I have all been working very hard at getting this ready for educators to use."

GailGP exclaims, "It is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas!"

BJ . o O ( very exciting list of topics! )

LeniD says, "Thanks, BJ :-)"

DavidW agrees with BJ [HelpDesk].

DavidW says, "Well done, you guys"

LeniD exclaims, "We are looking forward to sharing these topics!"

LeniD says, " let's go to this month's topic...Immigration!

But before we do..."

GailGP exclaims, "And please spread the word to your colleagues!"

LeniD exclaims, "please note the link to the Newsletter on this page!"

BJ [HelpDesk] wonders if anyone has posted to the LM_Net list about these sessions?

GailGP asks, "Leni?"

LeniD says, "We look forward to your contributions there."

michele [guest] asks, "we are doing a huge "connected" theme in our district. how can this site help us?"

LeniD [to Bjb]: "I haven't publicized much, yet. Will for next chat and thereon."

LeniD says, "Good question, Michele."

BJ [HelpDesk] nods to Leni.

michele [guest] says, "connections to self, texts and world"

NancyER says, "I feature this site in a class I teach about online museum resources. Now, all I have to do is get lots of people to sign up for it..."

GailGP says, "Please share the site info with your colleagues"

LeniD says, "Ahhh...most of what we will be showing is "Americana", since that's what the Library has..."

LeniD asks, "but the ideas and themes can be used by a creative teacher in many ways. Yes?"

LeniD asks, "OK..let's go on to the Immigration page. Ready?"

michele [guest] says, "ok"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] is

DavidW says, "Yes"

LeniD projects the URL:

LeniD says, "We have gathered here many resources from the Learning Page Web site.."

LeniD says, "all of them embracing or at least touching on the theme of immigration."

LeniD exclaims, "Go ahead and explore a bit...yell if you have questions!"

GailGP exclaims, "And teachers will have the opportunity to share in a variety of ways!"

michele [guest] says, "will explore"

DavidW [to LeniD]: "So immigration includes "migration", travel within the country?"

GailGP exclaims, "There is a Learning Page Symposium!"

LeniD says, "Yes, we are looking at movement of all kinds, David."

DavidW nods.

LeniD says, "If you know colleagues for whom this topic will be of interest, but who do not enjoy chat..."

DavidW smiles.

LeniD says, "the symposium Gail mentions allows asynchronous discussion :-0"

GailGP exclaims, "We're just getting started, so please do sign up - David/Michele!"

BillTh says, "post a message and any and all members can share their thoughts."

LeniD says, "We have included a bibliography, as well...and hope you will enter your favorite"

DavidW . o O ( focus of the discussion? )

LeniD says, "books to share with others."

LeniD says, "David, we are in our first week of introductions..."

DavidW . o O ( personal history (my grandfather) )

LeniD says, "We will move on to discussion of the immigrant experience."

GailGP exclaims, "onward!"

LeniD says, "Ways kids can compare their own experiences of being "new" to the experiences of immigrants, etc."

LeniD says, "Be sure to take a look at the special features of the Immigration Feature Presentation..."

LeniD exclaims, "Such as The Great American Potluck!"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP exclaims, "Sharing favorite foods is a great idea!"

LeniD says, "We want YOUR recipes :-)"

DavidW says, "Now I AM getting hungry"

LeniD asks, "LOL...past dinner time?"

DavidW exclaims, "Yes!"

GailGP exclaims, "Try posting a favorite recipe!"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP exclaims, "Such nice music!"

GailGP asks, "Can everyone hear it?"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] can

LeniD says, "The feature presentation has many special features..."

LeniD asks, "Would you like to see more?"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] would

GailGP exclaims, "Absolutely!"

DavidW smiles.

DavidW says, "Nice song."

BJ [HelpDesk] would also

LeniD says, "Thanks, David...that's from the collections."

LeniD asks, "Ready for more?"

GailGP says, "Yes"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP says, "Leni, will you be doing this for other "languages?""

LeniD says, "There will be more of these student centered activities as we continue to build this feature."

LeniD exclaims, "Yep!"

GailGP exclaims, "Wonderful!"

GailGP exclaims, "Maybe this could be a forum for suggestions!"

DavidW says, "I know that place on Mulberry Street, I think."

LeniD exclaims, "Agreed...I'm doing a lot of "talking head"...because there is so much to see!"

LeniD exclaims, "Do you, David??? Cool!"

DavidW says, "Well, I know Mulberry Street for real and also from Dr. Seuss"

LeniD says, "on the left of this screen is a large clock?

See it? you can find an immigration timeline there."

LeniD says, "There are immigration maps in each section..."

BillTh says, "charting our collective paths through history"

DavidW asks, "Is there a graph of immigration numbers, showing the highs and lows?"

LeniD says, "We think this feature presentation will offer a nice body of content to use as students learn about this theme."

LeniD says, "David, there are some links in the "ethnic" sections to the stats from the Statistical Atlas."

LeniD says, "They are focused on the individual groups."

DavidW says, "Great."

LeniD says, "I'm feeling as though I need to take off my tour guide hat...and listen to others."

DavidW says, "Interesting to see the big waves of immigration and tie them to what was happening politically/historically"

GailGP asks, "Leni, do you have the Statistical Atlas url on the tip of your tongue?"

GailGP exclaims, "It is a wonderful resource!"

LeniD says, "Exactly, David. No, I don't, Gail. I can find it quickly if you want to chat a bit :-)"

GailGP exclaims, "Sure, I'll chat!"

GailGP says, "I'm an American Memory convert and "poster child!""

GailGP exclaims, "It is amazing!"

LeniD projects the URL:

GailGP says, "Thanks Leni"

GailGP exclaims, "She is amazing too!"

LeniD says, "Here are some pages from the Atlas."

BillTh says, "Of course, that URL will be in everyone's transcript - no need to write it down now."

LeniD says, "LOL...when you see that URL, you won't WANT to write it down..."

GailGP exclaims, "Check out the table of contents! Then you can navigate with ease!"

GailGP exclaims, "Maybe I can find it!"

LeniD says, "The whole point of our Community Center is to help you find those resources that will be useful to YOU in YOUR classroom as you study these themes."

BillTh says, "one stop shopping for a common theme - no hunting"

michele [guest] says, "thanks for showing me around"

DavidW says, "Hunting is good, too."

LeniD says, "We will have activities, a bibliography, and links to the resources from the American Memory historical collections."

michele [guest] says, "i liked the map game and the language matching game"

GailGP says, "

LeniD says, "as well as an opportunity to share YOUR ideas with us and with educators around the country."

michele [guest] says, "I'll show them to people at our school"

GailGP exclaims, "Hmmm - too much me thinks!"

LeniD says, "Thanks, Michele."

GailGP exclaims, "Go, Michele!"

michele [guest] says, "I have to bow out now"

michele [guest] says, "Thanks"

GailGP exclaims, "Good night Michele!"

LeniD exclaims, "It's about time for all of us to bow out...thanks for joining us, Michele!"

GailGP says, "Thanks for coming"

michele [guest] says, "bye. have fun"

GailGP asks, "Any more questions?"

GailGP asks, "Bright thoughts?"

GailGP asks, "Ideas to share?"

DavidW asks, "Did you all have any connections with the Ellis Island people?"

LeniD says, "David...we would love to collaborate..have not, yet."

BJ [HelpDesk] exclaims, "thanks to the LOC group for a job well done!"

MichaelAH [SS Forum] applauds

GailGP says, "A good start! Thanks BJ"

LeniD says, "Thanks, Michael :-)"

LeniD exclaims, "We will be meeting again on Thursday, October 17...same time, same place!"

GailGP exclaims, "I found my own roots, Leni!"

DavidW grins.

LeniD says, "Yes..I've seen that, David. I did find my grandparents' entry in those logs, though."

DavidW says, "It's very motivating to begin to look those things up."

DavidW says, "Lots of questions about comings and goings..."

GailGP exclaims, "I agree!"

LeniD says, "Pretty cool! It makes the "dead" past come alive for kids."

GailGP says, "I printed my father's "stats" out and the kids were enthralled"

DavidW says, "There's a wonderful "Jersey Room" in the Jersey City library with all sorts of historical documents that get used more and more."

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