Category 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.
Distance Learning consists of many technology facets, allowing for a variety of learning opportunities, including e-Learning, online projects, and videoconferencing. In the Distance Learning Academy offered by Cooperating School Districts, participants will learn and experience methods of hybrid learning while also participating in projects with other classes. Additional uses of distance learning through point-to-point videoconferencing (VC) and multi-point connections using a Polycom, LifeSize or Cisco system will be examined. Participants will also learn and use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs & wikis. This academy is designed to immerse participants in collaborative projects over distance learning – they will develop supplemental curriculum for project-based learning activities & lessons over the course of the sessions. The value in creating this personal learning network (PLN) is in the networking and connections between the participants and the distance learning experience throughout the academy. Participants will meet face to face at CSD and:
• Understand the definition of distance learning and become comfortable with – - – Videoconferencing, Skype & Google Apps
• Learn distance learning etiquette
• Understand social networking protocols
• Develop a collaborative Personal Learning Network
• Explore blogs, wikis, and other free collaborative online tools
• Examine problem based activities & lessons
• Participate in webinars
Dates: Oct 17 | Nov 15 | Jan 10 | Feb 12 or 13 (METC) | March 12 | April 23 | participants choose to attend at least one webinar
Time: 4-7 pm each day, except for attendance to the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) which is 8:30 am – 4:15 pm
Cost: $395 member ; $495 non-member (includes the book) | Register Online