Monthly Archives: February 2009
Today we had not one, but two videoconferences with the Saint Louis Zoo! This was my first connection with our hometown Zoo. Our groups connected to learn about the Penguin & Puffin Coast. (If you haven’t been to the Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo, you need to go- or connect to this videoconference- it’s a must see!) During the videoconference, students learned about penguins and puffins and about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. They participated in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates and they got up to use their own bodies to figure out the locations hemispheres of the earth. (Can you guess what Line is where your belly button located? Which pole holds your toes?)
Though admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free, this videoconference was $125. The kids saw animals in the studio with presenter Lisa Berman, asked & answered questions, and watched video footage of the penguins and puffins. The program wrapped with a song about penguins.
Grades: 7-8, 9-12
Theme: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Cost: $150 or membership price* | To sign up, contact Grace@gng.org
A few years ago I took a course called Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections. Janine Lim offers it out of Berrien RESA. It was a worthwhile online course- I learned more about videoconferencing and made contacts with others who took the class from around the country. Want to learn more about this $150 class? Read on:
From Janine Lim: Wondering how to integrate interactive videoconference technology in your curriculum? This online course addresses finding and preparing for virtual field trips and classroom to classroom project connections. Learn about the great content available for your curriculum. Find out how to contact and schedule experts to visit your classroom via videoconference. Learn about great classroom to classroom projects you can join. Create and advertise your own project connections to meet your curriculum goals.
Time Commitment: In this four week course, participants can expect to spend about 4-6 hours a week participating in the discussion board and class assignments.
Prerequisites for Online Classes
- Do you have basic computer skills? Can you save a file and find it again?
- Are you comfortable browsing the Internet?
- Do you regularly use email with a reliable email address?
- Do you have consistent reliable Internet access throughout the duration of the course?
Registration is now open for the PICC that runs April 20 – May 15, 2009. Be sure to reference the BC#09-053 when you call. Register with RESA’s registration secretary by calling (269) 471-7725 ext 149. Reference the BC# when you call. Payment by credit card is preferred; however school P.O.s are accepted as well.
COSI Columbus brings in experts in all sort of fields to talk with students. These programs have set dates and times, but take a moment to review them. If you have questions or want to book a videoconferece, contact the Electronic Education Team at 612-228-2674. Each program is $155 for a 60 minute videoconference.
Here’s a small sampling of videoconferences offered by COSI Columbus in their “Experts” program:
Green Architecture – What Really Makes a Building Green on March 9: Green Architecture is quickly becoming one of the most popular approaches to designing and constructing buildings. This shift in thinking is being driven primarily by the emergence of two important global issues: climatic change due to atmospheric pollution and fossil fuel depletion, among a variety of other environmental concerns.
Black Holes on March 24: Dr. Richard Pogge will present information on the nature of black holes and some of their surprising properties. He regularly works with the Hubble Space Telescope and is actively involved in the design and construction of astronomical instruments.
Polar Research and Climate Change on April 13: Dr. Berry Lyons, Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, will discuss climate change over the past 1/2 million years & the processes that cause it.
Nutrition: Portion Distortion in the American Diet on May 4: Dr. Jackie Buell will present some surprising information on “portion distortion” and some of the habits we allow ourselves to fall into that can cause our body weight to creep up over time.
Photo of COSI by southerntabitha.