Videoconferencing Partner Sites

 Many of the videoconferencing / distance learning opportunities are presently available over ISDN lines which incur a cost. The good news is that the technology is rapidly changing and many of these sites are moving toward Video over IP (Internet 2) which does not incur any line fees. If you find a videoconferencing opportunity which is of interest contact the provider to see if they have the ability to conference over the Internet.

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CESA 10 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10) is an excellent site which has an extensive list of distance learning opportunities. In each case there is a brief description of the videoconferencing opportunities, the cost involved and the contact person. An excellent spot to begin looking for videoconferencing partners and programs. Many of the projects highlighted below can be accessed from this site.

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Videoconferencing Adventures: Another excellent collection of videoconferencing opportunities collected by Pacific Bell.

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The Museum of Television and Radio: (ISDN connection) This site offers a number of videoconferencing field trips geared for K-12 students. Classes can be scheduled M-F from 8am Pacific Time. The cost for a 60 minute class is $100. Some sample topics are: The Civil Rights Movement and Television (Grades 5-12), Fractured Fairy Tales (Grades K-5), The Final Frontier: Space on Television (Grades 3-8)

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Seatrek: (Internet 2 connection or ISDN)Distance Learning Project at Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Marine currently has four interactive programs which are available to K-12 educational institutions. The programs are Sharks: Devouring the Myths, Sea Turtles: Amazing Reptiles of the Sea, Mammals, Mammoths, MANATEES!, Mission: See Deep, Remotely Operated Vehicles. Each program has supporting curriculum materials. The programs run between 50-60 minutes and cost $145.00. A 30 minute demonstration conference which provides an overview of the four programs may be scheduled at a cost of $25.

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Electronic Field Trips Liberty Science Center (ISDN connection) This site can provide a variety of videoconferencing opportunities for students in teachers. E-connections are interactive science explorations based on one of the exhibits at the liberty science center. These range from life science to physical science. An e-connection session lasts for 45 minutes and the cost is $190. Visit the site to learn about other types of videoconferencing opportunities.

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Buffalo Zoo (ISDN connection) Several different programs are offered. They include Animal Enrichment, Conservation Connections and the Rainforest Experience. Additional information can be obtained by calling (716) 837-3900 ext. 182

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Albany Institute of History and Art: Museum Line is the institute’s distance learning initiative. Students in grades 4-6 are the target audience for this program, but presentations can be adapted to other grade levels. There are currently four 45 minute offerings. The titles are Colonial Life in America, Mummies and Ancient Egypt, Artists and Nature, and Facing Portraits. A 30 minute preview conference is available. Call 518-463-4478 to check on fees and availability of the programs.

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Museum of Tolerance: Simon Wiesenthal Center offers a program called Holocaust survivor where students are able to videoconference with a Holocaust survivor. The conference lasts 60-90 minutes at a cost of $250 plus ISDN line fees. The contact person is Lindy Herman, Educational Outreach  (310) 772-2502 

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Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools : presently there are 3 programs available for videoconferencing although it may be possible to tailor a program to the specific needs of a school. These programs are Put a Face on a Place: Features of Culture and A Day in the Life of a Host Country National Student. The contact person is Mandy Tumulty, Program Analyst for Educational Programming and Training (202) 692-1466. There is no charge for the conference but ISDN line fees apply.  

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NASA Live: NASA has an extensive list of videoconferencing opportunities. There is no fee for the conferences but line fees do apply. The contact person is Katrina L. Townes, V:  (757) 864-3868. The programs are 60 minutes in length which includes 15 minutes for Q & A.