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Choose Your Own Adventure, Explore Synchronous Virtual Field Trips

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Listen and learn : Panel

Thursday, December 3, 11:10–11:55 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jacqueline Benitez  
Tami Moehring  
Ben Newsome  
Jasmin Poor  

Join a panel of informal educators to explore the world of synchronous virtual field trips. Based on your interest, you will decide which of these topics we will discuss: diversity, equity, and inclusion; technology; connection to the ISTE Standards; finding opportunities; global Issues; and types of connections.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Zoom
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
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 use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn where to find synchronous virtual field trips resources that meet the needs of various grades, disciplines and ability. They will understand what technology is needed and what they need to do to get their students prepared for the virtual field trip or collaboration. They will understand how to use the various options such as synchronous virtual field tips, collaboration or global awareness days to teach students how to become global citizens. Participants will walk away with collaboration ideas, and a curriculum map to plug into the new school year.


Introduce Panel Members
What are Synchronous Virtual Field Trips?

I. Audience Members Decide the Top 3 Topics of the 6 below to discuss.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Technology Needed
Connection to ISTE Standards
How to Find Opportunities
Global Issues
Types of Connections

II. Topic 1 Audience Choice
Lead Panel Member will talk about how they address this topic along with feedback from the attendees on what they are looking for.

III: Topic 2 Audience Choice
Same as Topic 1 with new Panel Lead

IV Topic 3:
Same as Topic 2 & 3 with last Panel Member being the Lead

Next steps for Educators to get started using distance learning in their school.

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Jacqueline Benitez, California Academy of Sciences
Ben Newsome, Fizzics Education

Ben Newsome founded Fizzics Education to deliver science education across Australia, having now reached 2 million kids since 2004. He is a 2013 Churchill Fellow, 2015, 2016 & 2018 Australian Small Business Winner for Children’s Education Services, 2019 Blacktown Business Person of the Year and receiver of several Pinnacle Awards from the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration. Ben is on the leadership team for the International Society for Technology in Education Interactive Video Conferencing group, an Ambassador for the Association of Science Education Technicians NSW & is an advisory board member of the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration

Jasmin Poor, Roper Mountain Science Center

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