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How virtual excursions enrich classroom teaching

By Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

No matter what topic your class is studying, you can connect your students with experts from around the globe in museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums and more using conferencing technology. Jan Zanetis, ISTE Board Director and the Executive Director for the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration discusses how schools are using this experiences to enrich their lessons as well the how the use of video has transformed the teaching landscape via flipped learning.Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics EducationAbout Jan ZanetisAs an educator and university administrator, Jan Zanetis spent 20 years in K-12 and Higher Education. In 2005, she moved into the corporate sector as an education specialist, first for TANDBERG and then Cisco Systems. In 2013, she began her current role as the Managing Director at CILC. Jan’s area of expertise is the application of video technologies in education.  She has written extensively on this topic for education journals and has co-authored two books. She is a frequent presenter and keynoter at local, national and international Education conferences. Jan is an active member of several professional organizations including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the United States Distance Learning Association and the Consortium for School Networking. She often presents at educational conferences, regionally, nationally and internationally.  Jan is currently serving on the ISTE Board of Directors and is the incumbent Secretary. She is also pleased to serve on the iNK Think Tank Board of Directors and Athlete Foundry’s Board of Advisors. Top 3 learnings If you haven’t tried a virtual excursion yet, it’s time to try it! Whether your class is studying science, history, art, literature, music or any other unit of learning there is likely a subject matter expert that can bring specialised knowledge & demonstrations to your students. Read ‘Flip your classroom’ by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams and try implementing a flipped classroom in your school. Through teachers creating a lesson via video for students to later view at their own time, students will have the time to reflect more deeply about the lesson content and therefore have deeper conversations and understanding in the classroom Once you’ve tried connecting with remote schools and content providers, try using Nepris to link your students with people who are working in a variety of occupations. It’s all about connecting students to industry through conferencing technology! Further contact details & resources Contact for Jan Zanetis via email jzanetis@cilc.org  or Twitter @janzanCILC Website: http://cilc.org/ Nepris: https://www.nepris.com/ ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing PLN: http://www.goo.gl/6iDXyD Flip your classroom book: https://www.iste.org/resources/product?ID=2285 Best practice in Science Education Churchill Fellowship report http://www.goo.gl/XiZFd1 Virtual Excursions Australia http://www.virtualexcursionsaustralia.com.au/ Contact Fizzics EducationWeb: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Phone: +612 9674 2191STEM Teaching support resourcesNEW Primary STEM teaching book! http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/be+amazing+book.html>100 Free Science Experiments http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Free+experiments.html>100 Free Science Ideas and Tipshttp://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Blog.htmlKnow an educator who'd love this episode? Share it!If something grabbed your attention in this STEM podcast please leave your thoughts below.

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