Today was the first videoconference of the 2008-2009 school year! Independence Elementary connected with the Lee Richardson Zoo to talk about rainforests- Rock’n Rainforests, that is! With temps in St. Louis today forecasted to be in the mid to upper 90s I’m sure this was a welcome and cool (figuratively & literally) learning activity for students & teachers alike! Here is what the zoo’s website says about the videoconference:
Rainforests rock! Did you know you can walk for a mile through a tropical rainforest and never see the same plant or animal twice?!! Tropical rainforests provide the world with amazing diversity and resources. See for yourself how important these ‘stand of trees’ are and even explore some not so tropical rainforests. (Did you know we have one in the US?)
Lee Richardson Zoo is great because their programs are educational & engaging… and free! Also, interested in knowing where the US rainforest is? I was- I assumed a tropical rainforest could be found in Hawaii- I wasn’t correct. Googled it: temperate rainforests can be found in the Pacific Northwest.
tropical rainforest photo by absolutwade on Flickr (Creative Commons)
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Cindy Lane is back from the Google Teacher Academy and she had an awesome time! The academy exceeded all her expectations. She reports she is in awe of what Google does- their mission, their philosophy- and thinks it is how we should all work- and play!
The academy was “fast & furious”: 12 hours each day that included breakout sessions and small group instruction, where 49 educators from all over the world learned Google applications from 9 presenters.
Cindy also learned a lot from her personal learning network- she Twittered with many of the other participants prior to the academy, and then of course, got to meet face to face, which was a real treat. They have and will continue to communicate online in various ways, including webinars and chat.
Cindy now working on her action plan, which is part of the academy’s requirements. I can’t wait for her to show us what she learned! The Virtual Learning Center excited that Cindy will be sharing her Google knowledge as a featured speaker at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in January 2009.
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