Last weekend, author Amy Sklansky (and New Links content provider) had a book reading for her seventh book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space. She shared poems and asked the audience questions about space. Also in attendence was Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (hey, another New Links content provider…. wonder how those two met?!). Robert spoke to the group about the Challenger Learning Centers, about living & working in space, and he too answered questions from the crowd.
It was an awesome event! If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet either Amy or Robert in person, we have the next best thing for you- over a distance. If you want to connect your classroom to any videoconference or Skype session with these two dynamic presenters, contact Rebecca Morrison for more information.
In partnership with Cooperating School Districts, Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis offers two interactive videoconferences: A Day in the Life of an Astronaut, and The Body in Space. Both videoconferences are available upon request on Tuesdays and Thursdays (please submit requests with at least three weeks notice). New Links members get a discount. Click here to learn more about CLC-St. Louis’ videoconferences.
…And if you are attending the Midwest Education Technology Conference in February, you can hear Robert Powell talk about his experiences with distance learning during his session on Tuesday, February 14th entitled Space, the Next Frontier: Inspiring Students through Distance Learning.
Here’s what the distance between Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri, and Geneseo Elementary School in New York looked like today! The Challenger Learning Center- St. Louis‘ Robert Powell (aka the astro-not) spoke with first graders via videoconferencing about the Day in the Life of an Astronaut. Talk about an out-of-this-world videoconference!
Are you interested in distance learning, but not really sure where to start? Have you been participating in distance learning events, but are interested in learning more? You & your colleagues are invited to attend an Open House at Cooperating School Districts (1460 Craig Road in Creve Coeur) on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. This free event, taking place between 2 and 6 o’clock, is open to K-12 educators interested in learning more and videoconferencing, Skype and other online collaborations.
At this Open House, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to content providers*, other educators interested in distance learning, and you will have an opportunity to win prizes like an iPod, Starbucks gift certificates and more!
* Content providers currently scheduled to participate include:
• Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center- St. Louis
• Paul Steensland from the St. Louis County Library
• Ray Vollmer from Saint Louis University’s Adventures in Medicine and Science
• Tim Gore from HEC-TV Live!
• Amy E. Sklansky, St. Louis children’s author
• Roxanne Glaser and Shane Howard from Whirlidurb
Feel free to stop by when you are available; we will have light refreshments, conversation, and videoconferencing demonstrations taking place throughout the afternoon. We’re asking for attendees to RSVP so we can look forward to seeing you! Questions about the event? Contact Rebecca Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis will continue to offer videoconferences through New Links at Cooperating School Districts during the 2011-2012 school year. Robert Powell has conducted two distance learning events regularly for the last few years from CSD: The Body in Space and The Day in the Life of an Astronaut. In January of 2011, to mark the shuttle disaster, he also dedicated a day to “Christa’s Lessons” over interactive videoconference.
To learn more about the CLC-St. Louis science lessons through New Links, contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Morrison.