A couple weeks ago, Mrs. Black was contacted by a teacher in an elementary school that is located a three hour drive from our school. The teacher had found Mrs. Black's listing on the "Digital Human Library" website, and wondered if Mrs Black could speak to her kindergarten class about wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation, via Skype.
The Digital Human Library is a free Ontario-based educational resource (website) that enables teachers and experts in a variety of fields to connect with each other for "virtual" speaking engagements and field trips, via computer.
Today, Mrs. Black and two of the students in our class made a "virtual visit" to the other school, during our lunch hour. They answered questions that kindergarten students had prepared in advance of the Skype session, showed them pictures of animals in rehabilitation at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and told them about our wildlife food drive. This is how the session looked:
After our visit, the kindergarten teacher e-mailed us this note:
Thank you again for a wonderful beginning to our digital learning this year. The timing was great, the photos were wonderful and the information we gathered was amazing. The kids couldn't stop talking about everything they learned after we hung up. They were the most interested in the flying squirrels, so that gives us a new direction to explore. I've attached some of their follow-up writing from today for you to see.
Tell [your students] thank you too--it was fun to see their enthusiasm....my kids are already talking about collecting seeds next year. (:
Mrs. Black and students had a terrific time sharing their knowledge with the kindergarten class. We plan to invite some experts to visit our class, via Skype, in the near future.
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