CCC America Summer Institute 2011

All CCC America Teachers attend Summer Institute 2011 – at the ESC and WRHS
June 20-29 and July 25 and 26

Monday: June 20
Theme: Landscape as History
Presenter: Mark Tebeau, Ph.D.
Conserving Landscapes, Methods for Teaching

Theme: Recovering the City: Physically and Figuratively
Presenter: Mark Souther, Ph.D.
Physically: Urban renewal, slum clearance, interstate highways, neighborhood conservation, shrinking cities, historic preservation
Figuratively: tour guides, postcards, guide books, cognitive mapping, curating the city

Tuesday, June 21
Theme: Waterways
Presenter: John Grabowski, Ph.D.
The “Democratization” of Water

Theme: Natural and Manmade Landscapes
Presenter: Mark Souther, Ph.D.
Doan Brook and Dugway Brook Watersheds

Wednesday, June 22
Field Experience: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Presenter: Dr. Harvey Webster
Landscapes and the Environmental History of Northeast Ohio

Field Experience: Cleveland Museum of Art
Presenter: Dale Hilton and Laura Martin, Ph.D.
Landscapes in Art

Field Experience: Landscapes and Neighborhoods
Presenter: Mark Souther, Ph.D.
Doan Brook Lower Watershed, Forest Hill Park, Lake View Cemetery, Euclid Heights Allotment

Thursday, June 23
Field Experience: Industrial Cleveland
Presenters: Staff of the GM Parma Stamping Plant

Field Experience: Industrial Cleveland
Presenter: Capt. Wayne Bratton, The “Holiday” Charter Boat, Trident Marine

Friday, June 24
Theme: Digital Storytelling as Historical Thinking
Presenter: Mark Tebeau, Ph.D.
Advanced Mobile Apps Training
Presenter: Erin Bell

Monday, June 27
Theme: Digital Storytelling in the Classroom and Community
Presenters: Adam McElwain and Shannon Conley-Kurjian

Tuesday, June 28
Digital Storytelling and Research

Wednesday, June 29
Digital Narration and Script Writing

July 25 and July 26 – Final Presentations of Mobile Apps Digital Storytelling – ESC




GALA for CCC America May 26th

Everyone is invited to participate in the culminating GALA for CCC America to be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Dr. Harry E. Eastridge Professional Development Center, 5700 W. Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125 from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

All are invited to participate in the rollout of Cleveland Historical, a mobile app that “curates” Cleveland history, and to hear speaker, Nancy Proctor, Ph.D., of the Smithsonian American Art Museum talk about mobile applications and teaching and learning.

Refreshments, interactive poster exhibits!



Mobile Apps Training May 20 2011

The third and final session of Mobile Apps training takes place on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Teachers in the group will meet at CSU at 8:30 a.m., and take the trolley to downtown, then walk to the Federal Reserve Bank at E. 6th and Superior Ave.

Bank and Money Museum Tour
Mobile Apps Training Session
Walk-about Downtown Cleveland
Reflection on Mobile Apps and Teaching and Learning in the Classroom





More on Gaming…

Here’s some more information about the gaming issues we touched on today, beginning with an interesting TED Talk by Jane McGonigal on how games can “change the world.”

McGonigal’s book, “Reality is Broken”, is a great read for anyone, but teachers will definitely find some great ideas here, not only in the chapter about NYC’s Quest to Learn school (which uses game mechanics to engage students), but in the the author’s fascinating (and increasingly-pervasive) idea that games can be a way to motivate us to be better and more satisfied with our work and life, and may even provide a model for generating real knowledge and community. Again, the book is definitely worth a look and full of great ideas for motivating students and improving upon lesson plans in meaningful but practical ways (without going outside of the curricular standards).

Games for Change ( is a great place to start looking for actual, playable games you could use in your classrooms. I recently attended a conference with a panel discussion titled “Death of the Textbook, Emergence of Games” — the audio for that session is available online here: Texas is already requiring roughly half of their public school textbook funds be spent on interactive resources, including games, so the time to start thinking about this is now (considering how much influence and buying power Texas has on the educational/textbook industry).

NPR’s “On the Media” also did a great episode on the Influence of Gaming in our Culture. Audio and transcripts for the Dec 31st episode are available in 3 parts at or you can download for free via iTunes or any other podcast marketplace.

Obviously, this stuff is only marginally related to our work on Cleveland Historical (which may some day incorporate some game mechanics), but it is quite directly related to teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. And it’s just kind of fun. Enjoy.

April 8 Mobile Apps Training

A third session for mobile apps training is scheduled for Friday, April 8th in the Tremont area of Cleveland. The group will meet in the historic Pilgrim Congregational Church. The day’s agenda includes mobile apps training by Mark Tebeau, Erin Bell and Mike Rotman, a tour of the historic church, lunch, a walk-about in Tremont demonstrating the mobile apps, and a brainstorming session about the use of mobile apps in the classroom.

Participants are reminded to bring their “smart” devices and to dress for the weather!

Tremont’s historic Pilgrim Congregational Church





All CCC America Teaches should attend the lecture by Prof. Holly Tucker of Vanderbilt University on

Monday, April 4, 2011, 5:00 p.m. at the CSU Student Center Room 311

Professor Holly Tucker will speak about Why the Past Matters: What History Can Tell Us About Our Biomedical Future

Prof. Tucker is author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.



March 11 Mobile Apps Training

The second mobile apps training session for CCC America teachers takes place on March 11th at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The day’s agenda will include a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Money Museum, overview of mobile applications project for CCC America, walk-about in downtown Cleveland (dress for the weather), and a branstorming session about potential educational uses for the mobile app.

Urban Gardening Resources

Ed Pershey, VP at the Western Reserved Historical Society, and Carolyn Hufford, librarian and master gardener, presented about Cleveland’s urban and school gardens at the Feb. 5th book discussion for CCC America teachers.  Their presentations are available for participants.

Additionally, Carolyn offered a  list of urban garden resources:

Local Food Information Resources:
2011 Ohio Farm to School Conference
Local Food Cleveland
“Local Food Cleveland is an action network for everyone who is passionate about growing a thriving
local food economy and culture around Cleveland, OH.”
OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County
Go here for information about community gardening and beyond to food policy issues as well as many
training programs throughout the year. Select “Agriculture and Natural Resources.”
Don’t miss the current Urban Agriculture newsletter
New Agrarian Center, NAC
“The New Agrarian Center (NAC) was formed in 2000 as a 501(c)3 organization focused on growing a
sustainable local food system in Northeast Ohio. The NAC began its work with the initiation of the
George Jones Farm and Nature Preserve in Oberlin, Ohio.”
Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture
An online digital collection about the history of urban agriculture in Cleveland, Ohio.
OSU Extension Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County
Two resources available online:
Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland Report
Vacant Land RE-Use Pattern Book
Carolyn L. Hufford, MLIS

Feb. 8, 2011 Mobile Apps Training

CCC America teachers will participate in Mobile Apps training sessions during February, March, and April. The first group will meet at WRHS on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for overview, mobile apps training, walk-about in University Circle, lunch, and brainstorming sessions. Think about the potential uses for mobile apps for educational purposes and different disciplines!

Feb. 5, 2011 City Bountiful Book Discussion

CCC America teachers will meet on Saturday, Feb. 5th, 2011 at the Western Reserve Historical Society from 9:00 a.m. to noon for the Spring Book Discussion of City Bountiful by Laura Lawson (U Cal Press, 2005).

8:30-9:00    Registration, coffee service
9:00-9:45    Urban garden overview – Mark Tebeau, Ed Pershey
9:45-10:15   Cleveland’s urban and school gardens – Carolyn Hufford
10:15-10:45  Oral History Logs from Reimagining Cleveland gardeners
10:45-11:45  Small group discussions of oral history logs in relation to concepts from City Bountiful
11-45-12:00 Closing, evaluations