Distance Learning For School Groups
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Take your students on a trip to the Zoo without setting foot outside your own classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo can bring engaging programs for K-12 students right into your own classroom—live! All Distance Learning Expeditions include several live animal "guests"—lemurs, lizards, owls and more. Programs are approximately 50 minutes and include extensive teacher support materials. These time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and have received rave reviews from students and teachers alike.
An extensive teacher guide accompanies every program including:
- tips on preparing for a videoconference
- content background
- National Science Education Standards correlation
- lesson plans for pre-conference activities
- lesson plans for post-conference activities
- reproducible student materials
Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast at a minimum speed of 384 Kbps using a Tandberg Codec 6000 videoconference unit via H.323 standard over Internet Protocol (IP). To receive an IP videoconference, you must have a broadband connection. For schools without videoconferencing units, Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast via the computer-based, web platform, SAFARI Montage Live! Minimum hardware for schools using SAFARI Montage Live! include a computer, web camera, and headphones. Check with your district or building technology coordinator to see if your school is compatible.
Each program is priced at $180 per single class with a maximum of 35 students.
7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST. Due to the popularity of these programs, please reserve three weeks in advance.
For more information contact:
Distance Learning Coordinator
P: (718) 741-1693
F: (718) 364-2225 or (718) 733-4460
2011-2012 Distance Learning Expeditions