Tag Archives: Distance Learning
We wanted to share this upcoming free opportunity, perfect for science classrooms! On March 8, just go to the WetlandsLIVE homepage and click on the webcast link to connect to the Bay of Panama and learn how wetlands connect us. A web chat will follow & students can ask questions of wetland experts.
• Webcast of “Wetland Connections”: 1-1:30 p.m. ET/ 12-12:30 p.m. CT
• Web chat with experts: 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30-1:30 p.m. CT
Birds, fish, and other migratory species don’t recognize state or international borders and need wetlands and habitats located in many states and countries in order to survive. The Bay of Panama is a Wetland of International Importance and millions of migrating birds use the mudflats to rest and refuel. Participants will learn about the importance of mangrove swamps (a type of wetland) as a nursery for hammerhead sharks. If you can’t watch on March 8, “Wetland Connections” will be archived as streaming video to watch anytime.
To join the web chat, go to WetlandsLIVE.pwnet.org. The following experts are looking forward to answering your questions:
– Rosabel Miro, executive director of the Panama Audubon Society
– Zuleika Pinzon, Panama director of MarViva, an organization that supports the conservation of marine and coastal resources
– Erin Cooper, a biologist with the USDA Forest Services, who specializes in wetlands
– Jillian Jablonski with the USDA Forest Service
WetlandsLIVE is geared to students in grades 4 to 8 and provides teachers and students with a fun, informative, and interactive way to learn about wetlands. WetlandsLIVE is on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. WetlandsLIVE is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network, and many other partners. It’s website has lesson plans, information in English and Spanish, archived videos, and more.
In addition, all schools are eligible to enter the WetlandsLIVE video contest. Highlight a service learning project, art or music activity, field research or monitoring, restoration or any project focusing on wetlands. Earn $1,000 for your school. For more information on the video contest, click here. The deadline for submissions is March 31.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Free Fairfax Network Online Videos include Science, Social Studies, Language Arts
Watch the following programs from the Fairfax Network anytime online for free! The Fairfax Network is an award-winning producer of distance learning programming that originates in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. (The videos may not be recorded, downloaded, or stored).
To register to receive the Fairfax Network’s video stream URLs and log in information, please click here.
Dr. Darryle Craig, program manager for Fairfax County Public Schools College Success Program, presents her ideas and strategies for becoming “Culturally Competent.” Video segments from Dr. Darryle Craig’s presentation are online.
Flight School 5: On the Red Planet
Learn how scientists are studying the Red Planet, the kind of valuable information being collected, and what that information tells us about our own planet.
Hear My Story: The Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon
Historical interpreters from I Ain’t No Three Fifths of a Person take us back to 1792 and discuss what the new constitution will mean to them. This program was recorded before an audience of teachers and students at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.
I Ain’t No Three Fifths of a Person
Explore the reactions and perspectives of key members of the Mount Vernon and Monticello enslaved communities to major events during the founding of our nation.
Meet the Author: Discover Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library Director, Dr. Michael Witmore, discusses how Richard III, a play written over 400 years ago still resonates with today’s audience.
The password-protected videos will play in Windows Media format. You must have Windows Media Player version 8, or later, to view the video stream.
[Note: If you are using a Safari for Mac, you need Windows Media® for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™].
New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype
Monday, June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. During this full-day workshop, we’ll compare & contrast different methods of delivery. And you never know who… or where… we’ll connect! This professional development session costs $149 for CSD members; $189 for non-members. (New Links members, ask how you can take this workshop for free!) Graduate credit is available for those who opt to participate. Register for any tele workshop here.
Roper Mountain’s instructors come direct to your classroom through two-way videoconferencing. Each 45 minute lesson is unique & engaging, and live from Greenville, South Carolina. Bring the excitement of a field trip, even if you can’t leave the school (or travel out of state)! We’ve connected to some of their programs in the past and teachers have enjoyed them. Science and social studies selections include:
Super Cool Science! (Grades 2-7)
Wagons West (Grades 3-6)
What Telescopes Do! (Grades 3-6 – Offered only to schools outside GCS)
Incredible Invertebrates of the Tropical Rainforest (Grades 3-5)
Rome: Culture & Conquest (Grades 6-9)
Questions on their distance learning activities? Contact Kathie Fox by phone: (864) 355-8930 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This morning, as one of the last activities for the 2011-2012 Technology Leadership Academy, we connected via videoconference to the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. The TLA crew participated in CyberSurgeons- an interactive videoconference than requires teamwork, reading and computer skills, and data analysis.
This afternoon, a school in Ohio (interestingly, located not too far away from the Wheeling center) connected to the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis live from Cooperating School Districts to talk about The Body in Space. Robert Powell facilitated that discussion, then stopped by the tele to share with the TLA group about the educational services offered by the St. Louis center.
While each center has the same overall mission- they are both part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle disaster- they do offer different programs. You can learn more about each one by clicking on their names above. Thanks to both groups for talking with our Technology Leadership Academy and explaining how their programs integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into schools- either onsite, or at a distance!