With support from the Bonner Foundation, Harward Center staff collaborated with Bates professor Andrew Mountcastle (Biology), as well as IT colleagues from the College, to develop an online platform — BatesConnect — that gives local K-12 teachers easy access to educational resources created by Bates students. These resources are typically created by students as part of their coursework and take a variety of forms. Student-created learning tools are presented on BatesConnect according to academic field, K-12 grade level, and kind of resource. Teachers from all disciplines can peruse the site and select desired products to augment their curriculum. Some learning tools will eventually take the form of in-person visits by Bates students — for example, presentations, performances, and demonstrations that teachers can request for their classroom. For now, all BatesConnect resources are digitally accessible tools such as short videos, narrated powerpoint presentations, and whiteboard and stop animation videos, which teachers can access at any time. To learn more about BatesConnect, please see the FAQ section below.
Local K-12 educators were early collaborators on the BatesConnect concept and design, and they continue to be important partners in the initiative. BatesConnect will enter a pilot phase during the Fall 2020 semester. Please stay tuned for updates as this project unfolds.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.