Wild Animals ‘in’ the Classroom. Connecting Students with Zoological Experts and Animals.
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|
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Innovative learning environments|
|Subject area:||STEM/STEAM, Science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
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
-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