While there is always a lot of action at ACMi, this fall we are particularly excited to begin our collaboration with Arlington Public Schools in support of their Cultural Exchange program with Arlington’s Sister City of Teosinte in El Salvador!

The Exchange has been in place for a number of years, with the sole means of communication between Arlington fourth-graders and students in Teosinte being an exchange of letters that describe life in each of the two towns.

That is no longer the case. This year, thanks to the efforts of ACMi’s Youth Coordinator, Jessica Barnthouse, and Brackett School teacher AnitaCristina Calcaterra, fourth-grade students and teachers across all seven elementary schools will receive training in how to use their smartphones, iPads, and other devices to make videos to send to their peers in Teosinte! In fact, Jessica has already begun her instruction, as you can see…

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ACMi has also sent some basic equipment and training materials down to Teosinte, so that students there can also learn the art of mobile videography!

The Arlington-Teosinte Sister Cities program has enjoyed robust success in its traditional form, and ACMi looks forward to supporting this important cultural exchange as it moves towards harnessing 21st-century technology to further strengthen the ties between our two communities.