Bill Vaananen
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  • Northbrook, IL
  • United States

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Music Teacher
Location (City or Town):
United States
About Me or Reason for Joining the GEC:
I am an elementary music teacher who also writes original dramatic works for children. I have been teaching just outside Chicago for 30 years. I teach music as a social study - always discussing culture, history, and the power that music plays in our world with my students. We enjoy connecting with other schools, teachers, artists, and thinkers from around the world.
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Grade Level or Age of Students You Work With (if applicable):
1st-5th grades
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Global Education Projects Sponsored By You or That You're Involved In (if applicable):
"Skype With No Borders" Wikispace

Languages Spoken:
(However, I have students who speak Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,Polish, Hebrew, Spanish, Filipino, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian)
Favorite Education Resources:
Discovery Education

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At 11:24am on January 15, 2010, Benjamin Fox said…
I guess I missed you this morning. I'll try again on Monday. I'll be on skype tomorrow off and on, so if you see me, feel free to chat. My skype name is foxxyben. My school is Chester W. Taylor Elementary in Zephyrhills, FL.

- Ben
At 11:23am on January 14, 2010, Benjamin Fox said…
Let's chat one on one through skype. I'm not quite ready to get a session going just yet, as there are a few details I need to work out with my school district. I'm excited about it, and am looking forward to exploring the possibilities with skype.

I'm usually available from 8:15-9:15 in the morning, except when there are meetings which can be pretty sporadic. Monday through Thursday I am available from 3:15-3:40. I have fifth grade from 10-11:20 (two 40 minute blocks) and 3rd grade from 11:20-12.

For our setup, my plan is to use a dv camcorder or a macbook for the video and the classroom sound equipment. We will be projecting onto a smart board.

Look forward to hearing from you.

- Ben Fox

skype name: foxxyben
At 11:23am on January 13, 2010, Benjamin Fox said…
how are you, I am an elementary music teacher in Florida and am interested in doing a skype link-up with my students. I teach K-5. Skype is a new concept for our school, but something I have been using for several years. Let me know!!

- Ben Fox
At 9:02am on November 28, 2009, Bill Vaananen said…
I am excited to be part of such a new venture. There is so much potential when we communicate globally like this.

In my classroom, we discuss music, culture, history, and geography--as well as cultural events that bring the world together such as the 2012 World Cup in South Africa and the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

I look forward to creating friendships with other educators and schools globally from our music room. I especially enjoy the excitement of "live" chats using Skype. Of course, there is a time difference between America and most of the world, but in some ways this can be overcome. We are also excited to chat with Mexico and South America.

By the way, it's a beautiful day here in the Chicago area: sunny and 52 degrees Fahrenheit (that's 11 degrees Celsius). This is 10 degrees above normal for the end of November. We are celebrating Thanksgiving weekend here. Happy Saturday, world!

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