With support from the Bonner Foundation, the Harward Center is working with Bates professor Andrew Mountcastle (Biology) and IT colleagues to develop an online platform — BatesConnect — that gives local K-12 teachers easy access to educational products created by Bates students. These products will typically be created by students as part of their coursework and will take a wide variety of forms. Products will be presented on BatesConnect according to academic field, K-12 grade level, and kind of product. Teachers from all disciplines will be able to peruse the site and select desired products to augment their curriculum. Some products will take the form of in-person visits by Bates students — for example, presentations, performances, and demonstrations that teachers can request for their classroom. Others will be virtual products such as short videos, powerpoint presentations, and whiteboard and stop animation videos, which teachers can access at any time. To learn more about BatesConnect, please see our FAQ page.
Local teachers have consulted on both concept and design and will continue to be an important part of the BatesConnect initiative. Currently in the design phase, BatesConnect will be tested with select K-12 teachers in Fall 2020. Bates students in select Winter 2020 courses are developing content for the new platform. Please stay tuned for updates as this project unfolds.