Breaking Down Classroom Walls: Interactive Safari with Live Presenters in South Africa

Location: Room 212

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Wednesday, June 28, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: Room 212

Erik Moore  
Take your students on a live, interactive safari with an experienced guide in South Africa. Using the Internet and Skype your students can get up close and personal with animals in their natural habitat. Your students will communicate with the guide who will engage your students and answer their questions.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: No materials/equipment *required.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools and resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Science
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Empowered learner
Students : Global collaborator
Additional detail: Global Collaboration strand session
Related exhibitors: The New York Times , Eduporium , Google, Inc. , Microsoft Corporation

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Using the web site and Skype, teachers will transport their class to the Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa and the Maasai Mara in Kenya on a virtual field trip that is available daily. Students submit questions to their teacher who will pass the questions on to the presenters in Africa who will address the students by name and answer their questions in real time as they observe lions, buffalo, leopards, and and wide variety of animals, birds, plant life, and insects in their natural environment. This unique learning environment incorporates digital tools and resources in a most extraordinary and engaging way.

Students will engage in a real time, interactive conversation with presenters in South Africa and Kenya. Submitting questions to their teacher via paper, a Padlet session, Google Classroom or any number of digital means, the students will find themselves engaged in the lesson as presenters give personalized answers to students in this synchronous conversation.


-Introduction of presenters - 3 min.
-Live virtual field trip to South Africa on - 20min.
--For this session, participants will write down questions for the presenters in Africa on a piece of paper and hand them to the presenter who will then pass the questions on to the guides in Africa via Skype chat. The safari is done prior to the formal presentation to give the participants the feel for how easy the process is and how engaging the experience can be as well as a basis for the question and answer portion of the presentation.
-Presentation of Google Slides presentation - 25min.
-Question and Answer - 12min.

Supporting research

Live safari site -

Why Use Virtual Field Trips?,%20Mary.pdf



Erik Moore, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

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June 25-28, 2017

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