Partnering with the Flying Classroom

Students are capable. That’s a primary belief at TLC Middle School, and it’s a belief shared by Captain Barrington Irving — one of the youngest people ever to fly solo around the world.

Next fall, Captain Irving will be flying around the world in an airplane that has been converted into a Flying Classroom.

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The Flying Classroom takes off in September 2014, and TLC Middle School will be partnering with Captain Irving to help students from around the world empathize with and learn from his educational adventures.

Here’s a 4-minute video I just made that shows the sort of work students at TLC will do for the Flying Classroom.

And these are some of the highlights of places the Flying Classroom will visit:

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(click for more details about the Flying Classroom)

I met Captain Irving (click to see one of his TED Talks) at EduCon, a fantastic conference in Philadelphia, where he served as one of the keynote speakers.  He was intrigued with the work we do with Google Earth at TLC, and we’re excited to have TLC students make short videos that bring to life a number of the 30 stops the Flying Classroom will make.

This is the sort of real-world work that students are capable of doing.

As another example of how students are capable, TLC’s logo is pictured below. We’ve gotten rave reviews about the logo, and it was designed by two high school students at the start of their junior year.

Students are CAPABLE.

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About Steve Goldberg

I teach students at Research Triangle High School (RTHS) about US History. RTHS is a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning. The blog posts here reflect my own personal views and not those of my employer.
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