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· Adventure Science Center Nashville, Tennessee  

Our dynamic, experienced educators will share educational and fun science activities with your students and engage them in active learning experiences.

All program selections are matched to state standards to make it easy for you to match field trips to your curriculum and school system requirements. From wetlands field labs to movie set magic to squid dissections, there is always something new and exciting at Adventure Science Center!

· The Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany, NY

2 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
The Albany Institute's Virtual Field Trips are exciting real-time interactive programs. Museum educators use objects, images and inquiry-based teaching methods to engage students in lessons that focus on American history and art as well as the art and culture of ancient Egypt. Students are active participants in the lesson; they observe, analyze and express their ideas about objects and images presented.

The Albany Institute’s videoconferencing is intended for individual classes or group of 30 students or fewer. In addition to a main camera, a special “document camera” allows for close inspection of individual objects. Each lesson is approximately 60 minutes. Each lesson was co-written with K-12 teachers , and corresponds with New York State and National Standards.

· The Bronx Zoo - New York City 6 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
Take your students on a trip to the Zoo without setting foot outside your own classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo can bring engaging programs for K-12 students right into your own classroom—live!

All Distance Learning Expeditions include several live animal "guests"—gorillas, alligators, owls and more. Programs are 45 minutes to an hour and all include extensive teacher support materials. These time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and have received rave reviews from students and teachers alike.

· Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center - Brownsburg, IN  

Challenger Learning Centers offer realistic mock-ups of NASA's Mission Control and orbiting space station. Students rev up their imaginations and work together toward mission goals, whether they are launching a space probe or intercepting a comet.

Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center offers a variety of distance learning programs, mission access workshops, and special events to students across the nation!

Do you dream about becoming an astronaut and climbing aboard a Space Shuttle? What is it like to live and work in microgravity? How do astronauts eat and sleep? Who did the United States first launch into space? Did we really land on the Moon? Join the CLC for an adventure exploring America's space program....from the early days of Project Mercury to the International Space Station.

· The Buffalo Zoo - Buffalo, NY  

See live interactive footage of exhibits, animals, and staff at the Buffalo Zoo without leaving your classrooms!

All programs are interactive, multimedia, and employ the use of live animals and live exhibit footage as needed. They are designed to help students fulfill the National and New York State Learning Standards.

National Science Standard Correlations: Life Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspective, Science and Technology, and Science as Inquiry.

Pre and post program information and materials are provided (except Q & A) and are included in the program fee.
Class size is limited to 25-30 students for maximum interactivity and program quality.

· Camden Children's Garden - Camden, NJ  

All of our lessons are aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Lessons include a pre-activity and a post-test that can be emailed or faxed to the teacher or contact.

Distance learning lessons are provided using the technology of video conferencing equipment over an ISDN network to schools with reciprocal equipment. Lessons are available on a variety of topics ranging from butterflies, trees, soil and weather to genetics and tropical rainforests. Lessons are designed for students K – 12. See our website link above to get a complete listing of our lessons with their description.

· Carnegie Museum of Natural History- Pittsburgh, PA  

Exciting educational moments occur when close-up cameras are used to visually explore structures as familiar as a robin's nest or as unusual as a tiger beetle's compound eye. Videoconference programs are aligned with Pennsylvania's Academic Standards, and relevant pre-videoconference lesson materials are provided two weeks in advance of scheduled sessions.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is famous for the research its scientists conduct around the globe. From the Arctic to the tropics, from Argentina to Uzbekistan, CMNH scientists are making important discoveries worldwide.

Interact with Museum scientists during a videoconference and discover how they incorporate the scientific method into their research. Conference topics focus on the research interests and specialties of our scientific staff. Programs are appropriate for middle school and/or high school classes. Some sessions are designed specifically for Advanced Placement classes.

Most topics can be modified to address your class's specific questions, ongoing projects, and related study units. Additional information is available on our Web site.

· The Center for Puppetry Arts - Atlanta, Georgia 2 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
Distance Learning programs for PreK-12. Hands-on puppet building workshops are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum.

The arts are infused with science, social studies, language arts and other disciplines to create a dynamic, interactive virtual classroom for a virtual field trip experience. Programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas. The Center provides a comprehensive study guide and materials list for most programs.

· The Cleveland Museum of Art - Ohio 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
Distance Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world.

Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards. Learning packets with extension activities are supplied with most lessons.

· Cosi Toledo - Ohio 2 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
Utilizing interactive distance learning in the classroom, your students can explore science concepts, technologies, and events previously limited by geography.

With the ability to connect multiple classrooms, distance learning allows students from different schools and environments to work together, teaming up for a highly effective learning encounter. Interactive distance learning transforms students from passive to active participants in the education process and into integral pieces in a virtual science experience!

· The Discovery Center of Springfield - Springfield, MO  

The Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation of the world and our place in it.

Video conferencing can take your class around the world in a day. Learn how you can bring science to your classroom by visiting top educational facilities worldwide.

Take a "Virtual Field Trip" through video conferencing and experience a hands-on lab with a science specialist. Choose from a variety of 60 minute hands-on labs, which are aligned to National Science Standards.

· The Globe Theatre - London, England
BOCES VC Services has bridged many successful virtual field trips to this content provider.
Students worldwide can access the discoveries being made by the Globe Theatre with Globe Education's bespoke videoconferencing programme. Explore Shakespeare's language in the context of the Globe, discuss how the conditions of the Elizabethan playhouse affect our understanding of his plays, or focus on specific scenes from a Shakespearean play of your choice.

Each videoconference will feature discussion with a Globe Education Practioner (an actor, director, designer or musician) whose experience best matches your students' needs and learning objectives.

Every videoconference is unique, designed by Globe Education in consultation with you to provide a learning experience that supports your particular scheme of work. The videoconferences are based on interactive discussion between students and practioners and so students will be expected to have prepared questions and topics to explore. It is possible to book a single introductory videoconference or a series of videoconferences that complement a unit of study or semester course. Students of all ages are most welcome.

· HealthSpace Cleveland - Cleveland, Ohio  

Take advantage of all HealthSpace Cleveland has to offer. Whether it is on our floor, in your school, or over the wire, we engage your students with hands-on activities, and inquiry-based programs developed to meet or exceed local, state and national science curricula standards for pre-K through 12.

It’s quick and easy to set up a live, interactive videoconference, complete with pre- and post-connection activities.

As the country’s number one provider of health and life science education, HealthSpace Cleveland brings real-life learning experiences into your classroom.

· The Holocaust Memorial                    
   and Tolerance Center     Glen Cove, NY
1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.

The mission of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is to teach the Holocaust, a unique catastrophe that reflects the horrors of anti-Semitism, and to demonstrate the destructive nature of prejudice, hatred, apathy, and violence against all minorities. We seek to promote an awareness and understanding of the tragic lessons of the Holocaust; to engender a commitment to actively resist discrimination and intolerance; and to nurture respect for the uniqueness of every human being in order to better enable people to live together in peace and harmony.

The Center is a member of EEZ (Educational Enterprise Zone). Through this membership we are able to provide Videoconferencing programs. These programs are interactive. In each the Holocaust survivor gives part of their testimony with the remainder of the testimony gotten through questions asked by the students. Suggested questions are provided to the teachers but students are encouraged to develop their own questions.

The Center offers three programs. Each one is one-hour in length. We can customize the programs.

· Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
A variety of student programs and special history and research projects are available from the Indiana History Center via distance learning video conferencing / virtual field trips. History comes alive in these engaging student programs presented by an IHS staff member.

These student programs and projects, which are linked to Indiana academic standards, encourage hands-on history for students.

· Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN  

The IMA offers live, interactive distance learning sessions to schools throughout the United States. Program topics are varied and cover Impressionism, Chinese art, Hoosier artists, Japanese art, contemporary art and much more.

Most programs can be adapted to any grade or interest level, including elementary, middle and high school students, educators and community members. Standards and disciplines addressed are listed with individual program descriptions.

· Indianapolis Zoo - Indiana 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.

An Interactive Experience Beyond the Exhibits - As one of the first zoos in the country to offer two-way interactive video adventures, the Indianapolis Zoo connects with students across Indiana and throughout the United States.

Students learn about the Earth, the environment, and the wonderful range of creatures that share it during each of these video adventures. We expand their classroom walls beyond their community.

· Liberty Science Center- Union City, NJ  

Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) are a two-way interactive videoconference-based learning resource. Connect to Liberty Science Center's lab based EFT’s located in Union City, New Jersey at The Jose Marti Middle School. Explore and experience our dynamic cross-curricular themes that will introduce, enrich or conclude your topic of study from the comfort of your classroom. Each program comes with classroom curriculum that is aligned with the National Science Education Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Science Content Standards and New York Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology.

Let Liberty Science Center's dynamic instructors become your partners and guide your students in the exploration of science concepts. Students will be interacting with our science experts to do hand-on experiments that will add up to a great learning experience.

Professional developments on the use of the technology or introduction to EFT’s are available for teachers and administrators.

· The Library of Congress* - Washington, DC 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
      * Professional Development

Programs and workshops designed for educators - Various aspects of cataloging and metadata education is available as distance learning over the Internet.

Although not envisoned as full-blown curricula, this type of education is rapidly expanding and becoming very important in the library and information science education setting.

· Louisville Science Center - Kentucky 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
Send your students on a virtual visit to the Science Center by scheduling one of several hour-long Distance Learning programs offered via the Kentucky TeleLinking Network (KTLN). Each is designed to support National Science Standards in science, mathematics, and technology for grades 2 through 12.

Students have the opportunity to perform experiments while participating in a live, interactive video conference link. Each program includes an equipment kit of supplies, pre-lab and post-lab activities, and suggestions for expanding the learning experience. Choose from an array of science content, including physics, space, practical living, and chemistry.

Professional Development is also offered through Distance Learning.

· Michigan State University Museum Virtual Outreach  

The Virtual Outreach Program at the Michigan State University Museum offers exciting virtual field trips for your students. These programs allow teachers to provide fun and meaningful learning experiences without the expense, permission forms, and geographic limitations of ordinary field trips.

MSU Museum's field trips are conducted by professionals recognized in their disciplines and experienced in presenting content to students with a range of educational needs. Most programs last 45-60 minutes followed by time for questions.

We provide field trips in the science and social studies curriculum areas. Our trips have been designed around the Michigan Curriculum Standards, so they are easy to incorporate into existing lesson plans.

· Mote Marine Labortory - Sarasota, Florida BOCES VC Services has bridged many successful virtual field trips to this content provider. Presentation, organization and content are excellent.  

As an institution dedicated to advancing the science of the sea, Mote Marine Labortory recognizes the importance of advancing the understanding of that science to the general public.

Through our Education Division we are committed to providing educational opportunities for lifelong learning. In our Center for Distance Learning, we reach beyond the boundaries of our Sarasota campus, using emerging technologies to reach audiences across Florida and the nation with the science of the sea.

Connect your classroom to sharks, manatees, sea turtles and more! Mote’s SeaTrek program uses interactive videoconferencing to engage students, one class at a time in exciting marine science topics. SeaTrek’s educators develop, test and deliver highly engaging and interactive live programs, featuring real-world science at Mote Marine Laboratory.

· Museum of Television and Radio- New York City & Los Angeles  

The Museum of Television & Radio offers classes via videoconferencing from both its New York and Los Angeles locations. The classes, developed and conducted by the Museum's education staff, include clips from the collection to provide information, stimulate conversation, and encourage media literacy. Learning is extended through pre- and post-visit materials, which provide additional information about the topic at hand.

A distinct feature of the Museum's Distance Learning Program is that Los Angeles and New York offer a different mix of classes, use different video clips, and follow different lesson plans, even when they explore the same topic. The classes are also scheduled at different times. To help clarify which class fits your needs, read through the descriptions and the pre- and post-visit activites as well as the scheduling info for each city.

· NASA Glenn Research Center - Cleveland, Ohio 4 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
The goal of NASA's Digital Learning Network™ is to enhance NASA's capability to deliver unique content by linking customers with one or more NASA Centers in an integrated fashion.

This coordinated digital learning network will let us better leverage NASA's unique content, facilities, and personnel so that we can provide students and educators at the precollege and university levels across the Nation and around the world with a unique experience.

Learners at all levels have the opportunity to interact directly with NASA scientists to gain a new appreciation for the importance of science and education.

· The National Aviary- Pittsburgh, PA  

WORLDWIDE INTERACTIVE EDUCATION - RAVEN distance-learning program offers schools and other organizations anywhere in the world a unique opportunity to study and learn about birds.

The RAVEN robot holds a sizeable library of video, photo and audio clips that allow viewers to observe birds in natural habitats, see their activities, and hear their calls.

CONSERVATION - Birds vividly illustrate several important environmental topics, including ecology, endangered species, evolution, animal behavior, conservation, and introduced organisms. RAVEN makes these topics and other educational opportunities available to people around the world.

· National Baseball Hall of Fame
   Cooperstown, NY
BOCES Videoconferencing Services has connected many successful  conferences to this provider.

The next best thing to visiting the Hall of Fame is participating in a videoconference. The EBBETS Field Trip Series (Electronically Bringing Baseball Education To Students) transports the wonders of Cooperstown to your very own classroom.

Choose any of our 13 thematic units and participate in a live, interactive lesson with a Museum educator. Learning objectives and artifacts abound in this hour long visit to one of America's premier education destinations.

· Ocean Institute- Pacific Coast, Southern California  

The mission of the Ocean Institute is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans. Our goal is to help open new worlds to your students, and in doing so, stretch their imaginations and show new possibilities for their futures.

Our Vision is to be the world's best experiential ocean educational organization. All Ocean Institute programs are designed to maximize immersion, inspire deep commitment to learning and spark curiosity, questions and future discovery. The programs have received the inaugural Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education from the National Maritime Historical Society and the Sea Education Program of the Year from the American Sail Training Association.

The Ocean Institute offers an number of distance learning programs with marine biologist instructors for K-12 that feature live interaction with Pacific Coast ocean sea-life.

· Philadelphia Museum of Art- Philadelphia, PA 1  Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
The distance learning initiative of the Philadelphia Museum of Art uses ISDN and IP-based videoconferencing to enable virtual tours of the Museum’s collections. This allows real-time interactions with the Museum’s expert staff, so students and teachers can explore the fascinating world of art without ever leaving the classroom.

All lessons are adaptable for grades K through 12 and can be tailored to meet your students’ needs. Lessons can either provide a general introduction to art and artists from diverse areas of the collection, or feature more specific periods and concepts in art history.

Please let us know what is best suited for your curriculum, and we will do our best to tailor your lesson accordingly.

· Read Across America- Various participating classrooms "across America" 3 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
TWICE (The Michigan Two Way Interactive Network) annually organizes a special celebration of the national NEA event “Read Across America” by providing the opportunity for schools in the continental United States to connect using two-way interactive video to both read to and be read to by another class.

The purpose of this celebration is to have students reading to students. What they read is your choice i.e., a Dr. Seuss book (this event is in honor of his birthday), a book about your community, a poem or an original story your class wrote. Just pick something you and your students love!

This project involves matching classrooms with other schools in the nation. We hope to match schools with schools outside their state, which may mean long distance fees for ISDN connections. Connectivity fees are the only cost to this project and individual schools are responsible for the long distance charges.

· Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - Washington, DC
BOCES VC Services has bridged many successful virtual field trips to this content provider.

SERC's distance learning programs, all supported by teacher-developed curriculum, bring Smithsonian science into classrooms and homes across the country. By participating in videoconferences or Electronic Field Trips, you have the opportunity to talk with expert scientists and educators at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and possibly venture into places where on-site visitors seldom are permitted to go.

Go behind the scenes of science with SERC's interactive videoconferences on topics related to SERC research. Each informative videoconference lasts between thirty and sixty minutes, during which time students will participate in hands-on science demonstrations and interact with SERC staff.

Each videoconference comes with curriculum aligned with Maryland Science Content Standards to use in the classroom before, during, and after the videoconference. SERC is currently offering videoconferences on a wide variety of topics.

Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) are content-driven programs designed to offer students in K-12 classrooms learning opportunities they would not otherwise experience.

During these live, interactive, satellite broadcasts, students interact with scientists through live demonstrations, phone calls, and e-mail. This interactivity, along with teacher-developed curriculum, makes EFTs a highly effective educational tool.

Learn more about EFTs with International Distance Learning: Technology and Content, Or How To Manage Teachers, Trees, Turtles, and Television (pdf), an article by Dottie Klugel published in the Proceedings of the Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (2005).

SERC produces EFTs through a partnership with Ball State University (BSU). Follow the links below to learn about our past and upcoming Electronic Field Trips.

· The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach - Nashville, Tennessee 1 Video Conferencing users in our region have submitted positive evaluations of this content provider.
The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach is dedicated to the innovative use of technology to create vibrant learning partnerships between our university and K-12 schools.

Initiated through an award from the National Institutes of Health, the CSO offers a virtual two-way videoconference connection between Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center research scientists, physicians, graduate and medical students and classrooms locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. We connect to over 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students in over 20 states per year.

Each year we schedule a variety of programs which connect scientists to the classroom. Programs run approximately 30-45 minutes.

· The Ward Melville Heritage Organization - Stony Brook, NY  

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology by featuring videoconferencing programs in Coastal Ecology, History and Literacy.

Through this latest technology, WMHO focuses on the national educational commitment of "No Child Left Behind" by reaching out to children across the globe regardless of academic, geographical, or socio-economic limitations.

All programs are aligned to National and New York State Learning Standards and can be tailored to appropriate age levels.


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