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V for Virtual Connections

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, June 23, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Room 111

Chrissy Gregg   Amanda Kuznia   Sara Schapiro   Paige Somoza  
Living under the tyranny of a field trip budget? Looking for alternatives but are paralyzed by the fear of the unknown? Let this session help you find the freedom to explore the world virtually with your learners. Live virtual field trips increase engagement and allow for deeper understanding.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not necessary, but helpful: Zoom Video Conferencing
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Distance, online, blended and flipped learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Familiarize with different types of live virtual programs and platforms.
Platforms include:
*Zoom: Online cloud conferencing platform
*OVEE: Shared media viewing experience to watch streaming media, polling, and chat live
*Slido, Kahoot, Mentimeter, etc: Platforms for crowdsourcing questions, taking polls, and playing games
*Skype in the Classroom: Video chat platform backed by the Microsoft Education Network

Understand how to prepare for their experience and design engaging lessons that deepen students’ understanding.

Learn dos and don’ts along with helpful hacks that will guarantee successful experiences and foster deeper connections to content.

Leave the session ready to schedule, facilitate, or create a live virtual field trip that aligns to curriculum goals and needs of students and teachers.

Evidence of success:


Introductions (5 minutes)

Why Virtual Field Trips? (10 minutes)
Providing rationale of why this is an engaging teaching method and showcasing evidence of success from both content provider and educator

Platforms: (15 minutes)
Participants will test drive Zoom, Ovee, Skype, and participate in crowd-sourced Q&A and polling through Slido (device-based activities)

How to Prep for a Virtual Field Trip (5 minutes)
Participants understand what is needed to make one of these experiences happen in their classroom

What Happens during a Virtual Field Trip? (15 minutes)
Participants see what a sample program looks like, and learn the dos and don’ts of live connections, and dig into proper behavior and digital citizenship

What to do after a Virtual Field Trip (5 minutes)
Participants see real-life examples of how these programs enhance understanding and how to design lessons and activities around live connections.

Q&A and closing (5 minutes)

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Chrissy Gregg, The National WWII Museum
Amanda Kuznia, Boise School District

Amanda Kuznia is an educator passionate about educational technology and how it can be used to transform learning. She considers herself an “EdTech Junkie” reaching out and helping educators in her district and region. She is a Google Certified Trainer as well as a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. Amanda has presented at several local and regional conferences, as well as community events and organizations promoting her district and the amazing technology being implemented. She feels passionately about preparing students for their tomorrow.

Paige Somoza, Boise School District

Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice, and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. As a proponent of mastery and project based learning, Paige believes that technology provides opportunities to bridge the gaps and create equity of access for all learners. Besides her long-standing role as a teacher in the Boise School District, Paige has worked behind the scenes helping to develop material and educational virtual events for PBS.

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