Barter Theatre Learning Tool Receives Second Accolade11.01.2005
Abingdon, Va. ? Barter Theatre and n?tara announced today that their newly launched Web-based learning game "Barter for Barter" received a Techstar Award in the category of "Use of Technology in Education." Neil Owen, n?tara COO, and Rachel Maden, n?tara Marketing Manager, accepted the Techstar Award during the 2005 Northeast Tennessee Technology Council's Annual Award Ceremony held on Friday, October 21.
Judges for the Northeast Tennessee Technology Council included Tom Ballard, Director of Economic Development and Partnerships for Oak Ridge National Labs; Eric Cromwell, Director of Technology Development for the State of Tennessee; Terry Payne, Director of Economic Development for Oak Ridge National Labs; and David Pond, Managing Director of the NanoCenter at University of South Carolina.
Barter Theatre and n?tara are pleased to gain a second accolade for the learning tool. Within months of releasing the game ? in which students find their way around a virtual Historic Barter Theatre by answering questions about a current Barter Theatre production and related topics ? Barter gained international recognition through the Horizon Awards.
Katy Brown, Artistic Director of Barter's children's company, The Barter Players, and instrumental in the design and development of "Barter for Barter," commented, "We planned for it to be a great tool for teachers and students, but the overwhelming response from the professional and international communities has been an unexpected and wonderful addition."
Brown also commented that nowhere in the country is anything like this being done. "It has been thrilling to be a part of the development in something so new to theatre. We didn't have anywhere to look for previous solutions; it was a brand-new endeavor. That made the creative process especially exciting."
Students were key in the development. Focus groups offered kids a chance to give their input, "which made it even more youth friendly," Brown added.
The "Barter for Barter" e-learning (e)Xperience is part of a larger program designed for the benefit of students and teachers. Thanks to a grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation and Verizon, Barter launched the complete Barter (e)Xperience earlier this year. Four components surround the theatre experience to enrich understanding, expand theatre into academics, and improve education overall by helping teachers explore different dimensions of theatre that relate directly to learning standards.
In addition to the competitive, Web-based learning game, the Barter (e)Xperience includes a Literary Companion of study guides, now available online. The initial use of a study guide before attending a student matinee better prepares students for what they are about to see, aiding in understanding and in application. The Literary Companion also conveniently lists SOLs and TCAPS that individual productions fulfill.
Barter Connect is the distance learning component that schools can access through the Southwestern Virginia Education and Training Network. Students can see backstage and learn from actors, directors and production personnel ? all in the convenience of the classroom.
To find out more about any of the Barter (e)Xperience components, including the award-winning "Barter for Barter" e-Learning game, call Tere Land at 276.619.3347.