Published on April 16, 2007
Take a Field Trip Without Leaving the Classroom: Museums, Zoos, and Distance Learning
What sort of distance learning do we mean? There are obviously many forms of distance learning. Today, we will look at resources available in the realm of interactive videoconferencing.
History of Educational Videoconferencing Slow start Burst of content providers Collaboration
Distance Learning in Museums Interactive videoconferences Virtual tours Designed to meet national and state standards
Why do ﬁeld trips via distance learning? Expense Green Experiences that would be inaccessible otherwise
What do you need? High-speed internet connection H.323 compatible equipment OR H.320 compatible equipment Television or computer Can cost as much as $10,000 or as little as a webcam and free software
Where can you ﬁnd programs? Noodletrip TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education) CILC
Noodletrip Searchable site; lists videoconference program providers and programs Provides contact information http://www.noodletrip.com/
BCISD Directory (through TWICE) Searchable site; lists videoconference program providers and their programs Provides contact information http://www.twice.cc/
CILC Full name – Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration Searchable listing of content providers Requests for booking programs available on the CILC website CILC offers seminars for people becoming involved www.cilc.org with IVC
Content providers Free programming Highly rated programming
Free programming Smithsonian American Art Museum Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Eli Lilly and Company Library of Congress Arizona Memorial
Smithsonian American Art Museum • A House Divided: Civil War Images in the Classroom ! ome along with museum docents on a C videoconference tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Civil War. • Beating the Odds: African American Women Artists ! earn stories of how eight African American L women represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection "beat the odds" to become recognized and respected in the mostly male-dominated art world.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Center • Kites, Wings & Flying Things ! he 30-minute lesson takes place in front of the original T Wright Brothers Flyer on display at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. It is designed for grades 3-5. • To the Moon & Possibly Mars ! he 45-minute lesson features museum docents (volunteer T tour guides). Two-way interaction is an integral part of the experience. The docents describe major achievements in getting to the moon, and identify obstacles and problems encountered in placing a person there.
Eli Lilly and Company • Brainlink: Memory and Learning ! ! my Chappell, M.D., child neurologist and a physician A working on one of Lilly's Product Teams, and experienced distance learning presenter, brings this interactive series of three events to your classroom. • Chemistry is a Blast! ! ! his is an exciting program of chemical demonstrations T including explosions, colors, foams, fogs, and light. Your students will enjoy the demos as they observe and learn about the chemistry of combustion, phase changes, heat transfer, polymers, and many other aspects of chemistry.
Arizona Memorial Museum Association • Inside the Vault: The Curators Series !Inside the Vault: The Curators Series is a program that allows students to view artifacts that are currently not on display. Rare images from the 14th Naval District Historic Photo Collection are displayed. • Pearl Harbor Survivor Series ! he Pearl Harbor Survivor series offers a T distance learning opportunity like no other. Now, students have an alternative way to learn about our history. They get to experience a historical perspective from those who were there that fateful day.
Library of Congress • Gathering Community Stories ! ain a unique perspective on your community’s G history and cultural identity through oral history interviews. These generate ﬁrst-hand documentation that can be used in myriad ways. Learn the process of collecting oral history and gain skill through practice. • Library of Congress ONLINE! ! ake a guided tour of the Library of Congress T Web site! Discover Edison's ﬁlms; examine maps; explore photographs of home towns and exotic places; listen to America's songs, memories, and speeches; track legislation or contact Congress.
Highly rated programming The Mariners’ Museum Cleveland Museum of Art The Mariners’ Museum Mote Marine Laboratory Indianapolis Zoo Cleveland Museum of Art Mote Marine Laboratory
Indianapolis Zoo • Amazing Amazon! ! ropical rainforests are the most biologically T diverse places on Earth. Join us from our own Amazon rainforest exhibit as we move, layer by layer, through this amazing environment and meet several of its inhabitants. • Ani-math ! ow do numbers ﬁt into a zoo environment? H We'll talk about animal weights, heights, speeds, and other ways we use math at the zoo. And you won't believe how many pounds of ﬁsh we go through in a year!
Cleveland Museum of Art • Egyptomania! Series ! iscover the ingenuity of one of the D world's earliest civilizations through this lively series of four videoconferences just for elementary students. • Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome Learn why Herakles, Athena, and Dionysus populate the CMA galleries in sculpture, coins, vases and a sarcophagus.
Mote Marine Laboratory • SHARKS: Devouring the Myth ! on't be afraid! See sharks up close and D learn the truth about them! Find out why it's more dangerous to be at home than in the water with these fascinating creatures. • Coral Reefs ! hy are coral reefs important? Discover W the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too.
The Mariners’ Museum • Age of Exploration This popular program takes students on an imaginative journey through time. They will explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new land masses, thus fueling the desire for knowledge and riches. • 144 Days at Sea This program will take a close look at the long sea voyage that the ﬁrst group of Jamestown settlers made from England to Virginia. Learn about the ships, the people, their jobs, what they ate on board, and what they did for fun.
The Mariners’ Museum • Captive Passage ! his interactive program will help students discover how T the institution of black slavery shaped the history, culture, and commerce of four continents over the course of ﬁve centuries, and how its impact is still felt today. • Clash of Armor ! he development of ironclad ships during the American Civil T War was a technological advance that would forever change the face of naval warfare. Using artifacts from the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, this program will introduce students to the development and use of ironclad warships.
The Mariners’ Museum (cont.) • Pirates! ! his program introduces students to the lives and T adventures of the pirates, both men and women, who raided the East Coast and the Chesapeake Bay. Students will examine some of the reasons for piracy, the myths and lore of pirates, and the history of piracy. • Riding in a Log Canoe Before the English reached the shores of Virginia, the Jamestown area was inhabited by a thriving culture of Powhatan people. Students will examine the Powhatan methods of travel, trade, hunting, and ﬁshing, and learn about the daily lives of men, women, and children.
State programming – How do I meet the learning standards? The Mariners’ Museum: www.marinersmuseum.org/ distancelearning Search by standard topic: let’s see what we can ﬁnd! Math Science www.cilc.org Reading
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