Freedom Writers Foundation Teachers Equipped With Collaboration Tools, Support From HP and Microsoft to Write Groundbreaking Book ‘Teaching Hope’
“Thanks to technology, our 150 teachers have successfully authored and completed a new book that is sure to have a lasting impact on today’s and tomorrow’s teachers,” said Gruwell. “We couldn’t have collaboratively composed and edited the book without HP’s and Microsoft’s involvement, ongoing support and training, which allowed us to write, edit and virtually collaborate, anytime and anywhere, as if we were all sitting in the same room.”
Collaborating with technology
The Freedom Writers Teachers came together last summer as part of the Foundation’s teacher-training program, spurred on by the success of Paramount Pictures’ “Freedom Writers,” starring
Staying connected with the HP Mini and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, allowed the teachers to access information, collaborate in real time, and communicate via e-mail, IM, and blogging with the integrated wireless technologies. Office OneNote 2007 (www.iheartonenote.com) is a “digital notebook” that provides people one place to gather notes, audio and visual information, powerful search to find what they are looking for quickly, and easy-to-use shared notebooks to manage information and work together more effectively.
“Given the immense inequity in skills and access to technology going into writing this book, we were worried true collaboration would be next to impossible,” said
Applying technology lessons learned in the classroom
Beyond the book, some of the Freedom Writers Teachers are also using this technology in their classrooms and to share with colleagues across their districts. This next school term,
“I think it is imperative for the students to use such technology at the high school level because they will be using similar technology in post-secondary schools and training,” said Neuner. “They will have to be technologically prepared for the workplace as well. Using OneNote is just another way for me to help prepare them for the future.”
The HP Mini can change how K-12 children learn today and is the practical answer to one-to-one computing. Students can learn collaboration, problem solving and creative skills, which will prepare them for life after school. With the right technology, students learn to communicate effectively with multimedia and think critically as they decide how to present knowledge effectively – giving them a bigger voice in the world.
Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writers Teachers will be available for sale on
About The Freedom Writers Foundation
The Freedom Writers Foundation provides educators with transformative methods to engage, enlighten and empower vulnerable, at-risk students to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.freedomwritersfoundation.org.
SOURCE The Freedom Writers Foundation