Saint Louis University’s AIMS program- that’s Adventures in Medicine and Science– provides distance learning presentations through a state-of-the-art high definition videoconferencing system. The AIMS Virtual Anatomy Classroom provides hands-on interactive field trips designed to enhance any science curriculum.
AIMS was recently honored for the third consecutive school year with a Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for distance learning programs. This award, presented annually, is based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC website and recognizes outstanding performance by a content provider.
There is a limit of 3 classes (90 students) to allow for ample opportunity for discussion and questions during videoconferences, which cost $250 each.
Ray Vollmer (above) presents on several topics, including:
• Anatomy of the Eye/Pig Eye Dissection
• Anatomy of the Human Brain/Sheep Brain Dissection
• Anatomy of the Human Heart /Pig Heart Dissection
• Mr. Bones
• Teen Nutrition
• Health General Cadaver Demonstrations
• Forensic Autopsy Cadaver Demonstrations
• Sports Medicine Cadaver Demonstrations
The Tandberg Technology Tailgate, also known as the Tandberg Truck Show, will take place next week at Saint Louis University’s Practical Anatomy & Surgical Education Center (home of AIMS).
AIMS and CSD will join Tandberg on June 24 to discuss the latest 21st century learning tools: podcasting, K-12 videoconferencing, Moodle, and student collaboration. For more information on this free event, click here. The Tandberg Truck is making a one day stop in St. Louis as it makes its way to Washington DC for the 30th anniversary National Educational Computing Conference (NECC).
Today Martha and I visited AIMS’ Ray Vollmer and Lisa Suggs at Saint Louis University. It was actually my first visit to their midtown offices- I’ve seen them over v/c of course and the two have come to CSD frequently- so I was excited to see where the action takes place. SLU is remodeling the building, so Ray, Susan and Lisa are in a temporary location for their distance learning “studio” but it is outfitted with the latest- a HD Polycom, flat screen, brand new Elmo. It looks fantastic!
To read more about Adventures in Medicine and Science- their videoconferences and onsite programs- go here. New Links to New Learning members, if you are interested in an AIMS videoconference, contact me. Nonmembers, register here.
Today was the Boundless Learning in Videoconferencing tele class. Districts represented were Hazelwood, Ritenour, Francis Howell, Normandy, and Parkway. During the day, participants learned about videoconferencing- everything from the equipment to programs to funding. We connected the class to three content providers– across town, across state, and across the country! Saint Louis University (AIMS), The Discovery Center in Springfield, and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY all provided v/c demos, sharing what they bring into classrooms. In addition to learning about different kinds of content offered, participants learned where to find programs and the best ways to schedule them.
We told participants where to find free videoconferences (government agencies like Library of Congress and NASA). Multipoint versus point-to-point were covered, as was “upon request” and set times– common buzzwords. Participating teachers happened to be in New Links to New Learning districts, so we also shared what membership means. Of course, we gave them time ask questions, to click around the Moodle, to check various v/c content provider databases, and to skim all those v/c blogs out there!
One of New Links to New Learning‘s content provider partners is Saint Louis University’s Adventures in Medicine and Science program. Recently, Ray Vollmer and AIMS made The New York Times! Check it out! Not only does AIMS provide the onsite cadaver demos described in the article, they also videoconference! For info on cadaver demos over videoconference, click here. For New Links to New Learning members, these videoconferences are just $100, for nonmembers, $200. AIMS also offers videoconferences on topics such has drug use, organ transplants, and dental health. They utilize document cameras, computer presentations, live medical experts and a Q&A session. I always get great feedback on AIMS videoconferences! To register for an AIMS videoconference (for upon request videoconferences, please give at least 4 weeks lead time), visit this link.