Howard Rice is a former college professor and a life-long adventurous spirit. He is a small boat voyager, explorer and most important of all an educator. He also has a remarkable history of engagememnt in sustainable community development with a focus on small Pacific island nations.
Before departing for his voyage through Chile he was asked if he would be willing to speak to the entire fifth grade student body at a Michigan elementary school. He agreed to do so and was so moved by the experience of respect, genuine interest coupled with excellent questions that he offered to attempt live streaming into their classrooms while he was exploring Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
As the weeks passed and Howard continued to prepare for his voyage, one school turned into three, one being a home school group. The opportunity to develop an interactive education program with real potential became apparent. The ability for Howard to broadcast from the farthest south settlement on earth and far beyond, while aboard his boat, remote from civilization for more than four months, was challenging. Nevertheless the resulting interactive broadcasts were a great success.
Howard found the boat-based sharing/teaching experience so fulfilling that he decided to continue the voyage, concurrently broadcasting to as many schools around the world as possible. Current live stream technology and your use of this web site make this possible.
Overview for Teachers
The Voyage of Southern Cross is a small boat voyage with a mission of giving. We are sharing the experience and offer a benefit rich opportunity for teachers and their students. This round-the-world small boat voyage is by any measure, unique. It is an exciting unfolding story that to date has captivated many friends, supporters and most importantly the imaginations of many students.
The voyage is not an idea or concept for the future.
The voyage began in 2017 and is in mid stride headed east around the world. Howard and his friend John Welsford began the K-12 Education Program in 2016 producing results for students and teachers ever since. The boat is currently in Michigan ready to begin the next leg of the voyage early 2019.
Perhaps no single aspect of the voyage is more unique than the focus on delivering an inspiring, powerful, useful, accessible, interactive live-stream educational program directly into classrooms and home schools. The program's intent is to benefit you as a teacher by giving you a unique and engaging tool for bringing a wide range of topics across curriculum to life in the classroom.
Here's How The Program Works
Howard will follow a published classroom broadcast schedule in each country in addition to posting archived updates and podcasts available for use by teachers at any time they wish. Your classroom may be chosen (or you may request to be live) as a live broadcast classroom. Live broadcast classrooms will change weekly or bi weekly. All other classrooms logged on by schedule world wide will be able to experience the live interactive session between Howard and the selected classroom.
The broadcast schedule will be posted well in advance and will be posted and updated on this web site in our Teachers Resource Center. General and specific information pertaining to the scheduled presentation will also be available for your use in planning.
Let's pick a date and see how this works.
As an example, as per the published schedule a day of broadcasts (every two hours on a given date to cover multiple time zones) will take place on lets say April 18th at 9am. As a teacher you will know the broadcast is coming and perhaps have been weaving the content of the voyage into your normal lessons so the broadcast day is an anticipation peak for students.
You decide to log into the 9am (your classroom time) session. You could also have your students anticipating the broadcast through the MapShare Live Tracking updates.
Here is the ideal set up for a broadcast
A WiFi signal in your classroom, a laptop, tablet or desk top computer with sound and camera.
A computer projector and screen or a monitor would be nice but is not always necessary. It would be great to have the ability to project onto a screen, wall or even white paper taped on a wall. Having the ability to move the camera is helpful so you can capture students asking questions. Yes this is interactive for the live classroom.
At minimum you can use a cell phone with the ability to gather your students close in to watch. Ideally you should have the ability even if by cell phone to record some or all of the broadcast from you're perspective. This recording could be posted on this web site should you wish to share it with other teachers and students around the world.
One Classroom, Thousands of Classrooms
Students can submit questions typed in live online, which may be selected and answered during the live broadcast. All broadcasts will be archived and can be used as often as desired by registered teachers for classroom teaching purposes. We are also very excited about linking international classrooms together.
Participating is easy!
Register and Go!
* All teachers who have signe up will be notified when they are able to register for a Log In and Password giving them access to the live stream program.
Here is the planned route of the Little Ship. This list will most certainly expand in scope as we are going overland for much of it transiting many countries. Along the way we will seek schools and will be broadcasting live from all we can.
Leg 1- Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Chile.
Leg 2- Port Townsend, USA
Leg 3- Great Lakes, Hudson River, USA
Leg 4- England
Leg 5- France
Leg 6- Denmark and Sweden
Leg 7- Majorca, Belearic Islands, Spain
Leg 8- Greek Islands
Leg 9- The Nile Egypt
Leg 10- Upper Ganges, India
Leg 11- Lake Nam Tso, Tibet
Leg 12- China
Leg 13- Inland Sea, Japan
Leg 14- Palau and Micronesia
Leg 16- New Zealand
Leg 17- The United States
Subject to change because of weather and or opportunity
Our scheduled broadcasts and posted VOYSC Blog updates will touch on science, culture, history, geography, languages, sustainability, environmental protection and more. Teachers and students can track the Little Ship via daily live tracking using a cell phone, lap top and other devices. Parents and families can visit our web site and follow along with their kds.
As a teacher this is an opportunity for you to increase student engagement as the story of the Little Ship unfolds. You can participate as much or as little as you wish. Our free learning opportunities and notes can help support your required content across subject matter if you wish to use them or any part of them.
Experiential Education, Really?
This is experiential education with a twist: bringing the world into the classroom rather than having to take your classroom out into the world. Experiential education is based on a philosophy that utilizes a variety of methods to purposefully engage students in direct experience. It also utilizes focused reflection, increasing students knowledge, helping them develop skills, clarifying their values, and developing their capacity to contribute to their families and communities.
We know this and you as a teacher likely do too:
It's hard to take students out of the classroom but critically important to do so.
A Commitment To Innovative Teaching
Teaching can be exhausting. We know because some of the VoySC team members are current and former teachers. Our commitment is to offer appropriate and meaningful content that you as a teacher, may find useful and does not add more work to your likely overloaded life. Hopefully it makes your job easier!
We hope you find your engagement with the VoySC program so useful that you build the voyage of the little ship into your weekly classroom activities and urge other teachers or parents to participate.
Innovation in teaching can sometimes be as simple as active engagement in something exciting, something ongoing, something that can drop some of the world's wonders and mysteries onto your students desk tops.
Classrooms can be as involved as they choose, ranging from occasionally checking in on progress to following the voyage closely and utilizing the full range of learning opportunities and notes. All live streaming experiences and updates will be archived for use by teachers. Maybe you will develop innovative ways to make the program even more effective with your own classes – by logging in, you can share your ideas with us and other teachers.
A Core Theme of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Voyaging and traveling by small boat will offer both the sailor and the students the opportunity to look closely at the people and places visited. The sailor will be able to report first hand on a wide range of topics with a core theme running through all of environmental sustainability. We plan to highlght global environmental and sustainability successes and not stories of doom and gloom, all with the aim of inspiring young people to get out and become engaged in their communities.
A Wide Range of Content
Small boat voyaging requires and incorporates science, math, history, geography, food systems and other topics. These broad content areas, and specific topics within each, will be covered in structured and scheduled live stream-interactive broadcasts. The program will span three and a half years and is based on a blend of standard and innovative teaching methods, supported by a published schedule, learning activities and notes, teaching aids/suggestions. These resources are free for teachers and parents.
"This was such a wonderful experience for my students. Many of them have not been much farther than our small town here in rural Michigan. This was a chance for them to see the bigger world right in the classroom. We plan to stay in this important program with Howard as he moves on to other adventures, for kids learn best when they can experience learning!"
Teacher Sheryl Meisterheim- Greyhound Intermediate School, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
What we will we be sharing with your classroom?
Teachers, we are building this content and it will be available to you before our first broadcasts begin.
Map of the world showing route of shipping and each country/entry ports.
Country descriptions. Lots of images, learning opportunities based on history, culture, math, science, etc
Proposed activities description for each country
We know there may be lots of Questions. We have heard many and so many great suggestions too. We think we have the Answers you will want to know.
If there is anything we are missing, please contact us and we'll get back with you as quickly as possible.
The little ship Southern Cross has a lot of character. It is a combination of old world classic looks and contemporary building methods and technology.
Resources for Teachers
We will be adding more as they they become available.
PDF of program description
PDF of Overview Brochure
Learning opportunities and notes