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Wild Animals ‘in’ the Classroom. Connecting Students with Zoological Experts and Animals.

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00–3:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 15

Jon Woofter   Veronica Mamone   Jennifer Kincaid   Dr. Kamela Patton   Thomas Petry  
We will spark your imagination as you learn how we promote international collaboration between students and zoological experts. You will leave knowing how to leverage video conference technology to create a fully interactive program to enable thousands of students to creatively communicate and construct knowledge focused on STEAM learning.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers and the larger community.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation:
Connecting 29 elementary schools and remote international partners for high definition audio and video experience. We also connect students with researchers in Africa, simultaneously for students to experience animals in zoo and researchers contributing to animal conservation in the wild.

Technology intervention (include specific names/titles and descriptions if tools are not widely known and available):
-Explain how we leverage Cisco video end point units and customize audio video connections.
-Streaming simultaneously to all grade level classrooms and externally on the internet and television simultaneously
-Mobile broadcast system that allows camera switching and unique technologies (Go pro mounted to enclosure, on stick, etc. for unique close up views that students would not experience at zoo).
-Connecting over 3,000 students at one time virtually at every grade level in K-5 in 29 elementary schools.

Evidence of success
ZooCon Video Archives
News Articles

-Students participated in the largest Fosa GPS collar program to date.
Panther conservation and driving information program
Living safely around bears
-Fundraiser for python radio tracking equipment


 Introductions and program overview
 Connection to ISTE standards
 A brief but detailed overview of our technical setup
 Brief demonstration of a typical Zoocon
 Career and STEAM connections
 Share evidence and examples of joint local and global initiatives
 Question and answer

Supporting research

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Jon Woofter, Collier County Schools
Veronica Mamone, Collier County Public Schools
Jennifer Kincaid, Collier County Public Schools
Dr. Kamela Patton, Collier County Public Schools
Thomas Petry, Collier County Public Schools

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