How Does It Work?

RiverXchange is about communication and developing 21st Century Skills while learning about our watersheds! Each class will be partnered with one or more classes in a different state.

The program runs from September – May. The big idea is to communicate with your partners at least twice each semester, by sharing projects on a private website and responding to what your partners have posted. Through sharing our writing and creative projects about rivers, we integrate science, social studies, and 21st-Century learning skills, all correlated to U.S. Common Core Standards!

We know that computer lab time can be limited, especially with new testing requirements, so we encourage group work and especially video technology. For example, a single smartphone or iPad is a powerful tool – you can film several group presentations in a short time, which incorporate writing, planning, and speaking skills, resulting in just a few files that can be quickly posted to the website. We want students spend more time learning and preparing and less time struggling with technology.

Teachers in other parts of the world are welcome use our curriculum for reference, to enhance your existing curriculum, or as a complete program that explores rivers, watersheds, stormwater, water quality, drinking water, wastewater, agriculture, ecology, and conservation.

We will provide:

  1. Partnership matching
  2. Curriculum and resources
  3. Sharing website and user accounts for your class
  4. Training on how to use the technology and RiverXchange curriculum
  5. Technical support throughout the school year

Teachers will:

  1. Attend a training session at the beginning of the school year.
  2. Communicate with partner teacher by phone (or Skype, or similar means) within two weeks of partnership assignment.
  3. Have students post on at least two projects each semester and respond to what partners have posted (this can be done on an individual, group, or whole-class basis). The first posting date must be no later than October 15.
  4. Protect student privacy, educate students about internet safety, and monitor student writing for appropriateness.
  5. Respond to our Teacher Feedback Survey to help us improve the program.