Digital Knowledge Central
Includes Newsbank, Kids Page, EBSCO, and Britannica Online School Edition. Requires username and password, which is unique to each campus.

Thinkfinity
Free Internet resources and professional development for K-12 teachers.

AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer
Links to videoconferencing, Blue Web'n, Filamentality, and more.

Global Schoolhouse
The Global School House provides research, lessons, and projects for teachers, as well as a way to discuss them. Students may participate in a number of projects where they can interact with experts and students from around the world.

iEarn
iEarn is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

NASA Educational Resources

PBS Teacher Source
A collection of lesson plans, activities, and ideas for all subject areas in the K-12 classroom.

Videoconference Workshop:

 Objectives: Participants will

  •  Operate basic videoconference equipment and apply that knowledge in a sample presentation to other participants.
  •  Recognize basic terms used in videoconferencing.
  •  Review educational research and published articles on videoconferencing.
  •  Explore the types of content available from expert content providers.
  •  Participate in an interactive videoconference with a content provider.

 

Agenda

Morning:

Introduction to videoconferencing terms and equipment

Introduction of participants (via videoconference)

Electronic field with the Center for Puppetry Arts

Review of recent educational research regarding videoconference technology

 

Afternoon:

What is an electronic field trip?

Preparing for a successful electronic field trip

Research content providers

Brainstorm ideas for 2009-2010 school year

Matching Game

Virtual Field Trip (10:30 am - 11:30 am):

Center for Puppetry Arts

Participants must have the following:

1 craft stick, 2 pieces of string (12" long), pipe cleaner, pre-cut construction paper (template on p. 3 of the study guide), hole puncher, glue, markers, scotch tape, scissors. All materials will be provided for on-site participants. The first 4 items were mailed to remote sites.

Study Guide: http://www.puppet.org/pdf/dl_studyguide_spiders.pdf

 

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Videoconference Connection with Connect2Texas

 

Search for Virtual Field Trips:

CILC

NASA

Connect2Texas

AT&T Knowledge Adventures

BCISD Content Provider Database

ESC-20 Distance Learning Website

Polycom Database

Tandberg Connections

Berrien Co. Select List

Favorite Field Trips

Teachers' Choice Awards

 

Tips for Successful Videoconferences

Quality Indicators of a Videoconference Field Trip or Program

Tips for an Effective VC Program

 

VC Glossaries:

AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer

Videoconferencing Cookbook

 

ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S)

 

21st Century Skills Framework

 

Research:

Videoconferencing in the K-12 Setting: A Review of the Literature

Videoconferencing in Education

Taking the Wraps off Videoconferencing in the U.S. Classroom

Best Practices in Live Content Acquisition by Distance Learning Organizations

Videoconferencing for Primary and Secondary Schools: Where Are We?