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Vietnamese Connection Displayed in Multimedia Grand Finale

Multimedia display to tell story of collaboration between elementary school students in Geneva with HWS students studying in Vietnam

March 14, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—For the past year, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Geneva schools have been learning about Vietnam with the help of Hobart and William Smith Colleges students studying in Hanoi. They have communicated online sharing discussion and photographs through interactive Web pages they designed.

The fruits of the students’ labor will be presented at a reception from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in the atrium of Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The elementary students created posters, books and multimedia presentations as an expression of their studies. The public is invited to join students, parents, faculty, and administrators from the local schools as they unveil the grand finale presentation of their work.

While studying in Hanoi in the fall 2002 semester, the HWS students communicated electronically via a threaded discussion board, describing their experiences and answering questions the local students had for them. HWS students equipped with a digital camera supplemented their exchanges with thought-provoking images. Elementary students then researched these topics in libraries, using books and literature, and their studies were further enriched through visits from HWS professors to their classrooms.

The program is called the BRIDGE project, which stands for Bringing Relevant Internet Dialogue to Global Education. The BRIDGE project aims to enhance the curriculum of local elementary school students experience through collaboration with HWS professors. The HWS faculty who participated in the project include Scott Brophy, Kay Kelly, Jim MaKinster and Lilian Sherman, in collaboration with the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

The program is funded by the Colleges through a grant from the Freeman Foundation's Undergraduate Asian Studies Funding Initiative. Based in New York City, the Freeman Foundation is committed to increasing, strengthening, and popularizing the teaching of Asia in college and university classrooms.