Saturday, February 22, 2014

H.323 Videoconferencing


We are back to videoconferencing at Rural Hall School - began again on January 6 with borrowed equipment.  Thanks to our school system, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, for the Tandberg loaner! 

Our students have participated in 46 conferences in seven weeks (minus 5 snow days)!  We are conferencing with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in science, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in thinking skills, the North Carolina Museum of History, and NASA.  

Beginning Monday, February 24, we are participating, for two weeks, in Read Around the Planet.  Ten of our K-2 classrooms are matched with other classrooms in Alabama, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York.  Each classroom prepares a reading activity to share with their partner class.  This is all in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, on March 2.  

The wonderful skits, songs, and activities will be digitally filmed and the movies posted on the teacher's website and YouTube.  

We have 81 more conferences scheduled through May and will continue to schedule as many as we can match to our curriculum and fit into our schedule. 

It is so much fun to learn and ask questions of NASA science educators and museum historians! Our students are excited, and thrilled to participate and ask - "When is the next one?"

It's just wonderful when learning is fun, challenging, and builds enthusiasm for more learning.