Monthly Archives: February 2012

Free Distance Learning Programs from Global Nomads Group

DATE: 03.08.12 |  TIME: 1:00-2:00 PM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Through conversations with a guest expert panel streamed on-line in  real time,  students will learn about the causes and consequences of human trafficking.  In the 60 minute webcast, students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions to the panelists through a live-chat function. This program is in partnership with the New York Times Learning Network. Continue Reading…

IVC: Path Forward
DATE: 03.19.12 & 03.21.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 7-12
WEBCAST | DATE: 04.19.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 8-12

This spring, we will have two exciting opportunities for you to dive deeper into  the Path Forward challenge and learn about the current crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and connect with Congolese students.  Register now for a special 2-part IVC and our webcast- live from Eastern Congo!  REGISTER NOW– Spaces limited! Continue Reading…

DATE: 06.01.12 |  TIME: 9 – 10 AM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Pioneers in Science is a premier program of the World Science Festival that connects high-school students with leading scientists from around the world.  The 2012 Pioneers program, features visionary stem cell researcher Elaine Fuchs, who will participate in videoconference program. In this candid session, students will have the opportunity to discuss working on stem cells in the lab, plus bioethics and the politicization of science. Continue Reading…


An Inside Look at a TV Show: Behind the Scenes of HEC-TV Live!

recent HEC-TV Live! broadcast

Here’s another videoconference opportunity from HEC-TV Live! … about HEC-TV Live!

Abstract: Want to know what it’s like to put on a live TV show? Want a behind the scenes look at the equipment and technology? Want to ask questions of producers, camera people, directors, sound and lighting technicians?  Seventh through twelfth grade classes, join HEC-TV for this “inside look.” Here are the details on this live, interactive event:

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Times: 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. CT
Register | Cost:  NO CHARGE

Behind the Scenes of HEC-TV Live! Program Description: Through the course of the school year, HEC-TV Live! produces around 50 live television programs on a wide variety of topics from a wide variety of locations. Want to know what it’s like to put on a live TV show from any location? Want a behind the scenes look at the equipment and technology? Want to ask questions of producers, camera people, directors, sound and lighting technicians? Want students to have a better understanding of what goes into the TV programs they see every day? Or learn what it takes to work in the profession of television production? Or gain skills in media literacy as they see the “effect of effects” on the “reality” of television?

Drop Everything And Read!

What a fun idea! Please join Meadows Elementary School (in Texas) as they celebrate reading with a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Read Across America Flash Mob!! At 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, March 2, stop where you are, stop what you’re doing, grab a book, and participate in a flash mob (see video here, in the left hand column)!!

St. Louis Author Carolyn Lesser Continues to Connect

All of author Carolyn Lesser’s videoconference programs are available upon date request, but preferred connection times include: Teacher sessions at 4 pm CT | Student sessions at either 9 or 11 am CT. She works with third grade and up.

Carolyn, a former classroom teacher and veteran presenter over distance learning, is the author of books including Great Crystal Bear, a lyrical natural science book that follows the polar bear through all seasons and reveals his wisdom and resilience in a stark and beautiful Arctic environment (illustrated by Bill Noonan) and Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea, a natural science book about spotted creatures and the ten biomes they inhabit. It’s an early counting book with a glossary to spark the imagination of older readers (illustrated by Laura Regan).

She offers three-part interactive sessions which include professional development for participating teachers; the last two sessions are with the students. Selections include:

•  Custom-designed writing program   •  Writing Nonfiction Prose or Poetry
•  Writing Nature Prose or Poetry   •  Multi-genre Nonfiction Writing

Each session is full of inspiration, enthusiasm, and positive feedback! Carolyn Lesser will engage students with enthusiasm for her nonfiction process. For more information, including scheduling & program fees, contact Rebecca Morrison.

The Thirty-Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television

Check out this videoconference opportunity from the Paley Center for Media in New York – The Thirty-Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television. This class for grades 9-12, and uses the Paley Center’s collection of political advertisements from the past fifty years to illustrate how candidates attempt to win the hearts, minds, and votes of the American people. Students will focus on techniques of political advertising, target audience and demographics, how advertising conveys leadership, and the role of policy in campaign ads. All sessions are interactive, with guided discussion designed to encourage active observation and critical thinking. Vocabulary words are also provided, along with pre and post connection lessons.

Videoconference classes are sixty minutes long, unless otherwise noted, but can be modified to accommodate class periods. For the most effective learning experience, the center recommends that the class size not exceed 40 participants; cost is $125. New Links members, contact Rebecca Morrison if you are interested in participating in this videoconference from the center, or another. Not a member? Contact the Paley Center directly.