Global Learning Center to link students, teachers across the world

Michael McDermott

After school Monday, a group of Douglass students gathered in a classroom to learn some basic martial arts maneuvers.

Their teacher was on one side of the room soon to be known as the Global Learning Center, within the high school-middle school complex in Douglass, and the young men and women stood between tables and among friends attempting to duplicate the maneuvers shown them by teacher Chun Bong Fung.

In the Douglass time zone it was around 5:45 p.m. In the teacher’s time zone it was 6:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Chun Bong Fung demonstrated the martial arts moves in real time via a large screen on the west side of the room from a classroom of sister school St. Lorraine School in Hong Kong, China.

The DHS students and their teacher were connected via computer linkup, where each could see and hear the other. It was part of the Douglass Global Learning program that has been evolving over the past few years through the efforts and support of Marjorie Landwher-Brown and others in the Douglass school system.

Monday was a night to showcase what can be done with today’s technology as schools everywhere are preparing students for challenges of the 21st Century.

Among special guests at Monday’s dedication event were Douglass city officials, a state legislator, professors from Wichita State University as well as other state and national leaders.

State Representative David Crum was impressed with what he heard and saw at Monday’s dedication. Crum was introduced to the group by Douglass Superintendent of Schools James B. Keller as a friend and hard worker for education.

Dr. Gibson, associate professor of gift education and global learning at WSU, was pleased to be part of the 4 to 6 p.m. open house because Landwher-Brown is one of her former students.

“It all came out of a global learning activity she did at Wichita State with people in Australia as part of one my classes at the university,” said Gibson.

“It’s so exciting to see the transfer of her knowledge into practice and how it affected and is affecting students at the K-12 level.”

Douglass High junior Courtney Myers is looking forward to the academy and learning more about Chinese culture. She will be taking a class in the Mandarin language, science, and geography through the academy.

Jeremiah Nuzum is also looking to extend his learning boundaries as he learns more about other peoples and cultures.

Augusta Gazette