Through the wonders of video conferencing, first graders from Seaford Manor Elementary School “traveled” to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and participated in an interactive lesson called, “Just Senseless” without leaving their school library.
Video conferencing brings the world into the classroom and allows students to engage in one-on-one discussions with experts in their fields. The students learned more about their senses through hand-on, interactive demonstrations using materials sent to the school by the museum. The students explored what life would be like if one or more senses were disabled.
“The video conference fits beautifully into the first-grade curriculum and meets many Common Core Learning Standards,” said Library Media Specialist Claire Mitchell.
The Seaford School District has been using the technology since 2001 to enhance learning on all grade levels. Some of its uses include skyping with children’s authors, participating in distance learning programs with facilities around the globe, and conducting peer-to-peer interactive conferences between schools.