Virtual Field Trips and Distance Learning for Museums
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford
Looking for ways to reach audiences outside your museum walls? Curious what other museums are doing in the area of distance learning? Wondering just how “techie” you need to be to pull off virtual field trips? Want to hear a teacher’s perspective on virtual experiences in the classroom? Come spend an inspiring afternoon with the Connecticut Museum Educator Roundtable (CMER) and Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) exploring these topics and more!
Our virtual guest presenter will be Andrew Majewski, Education Specialist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Andy will discuss his museum’s goals in developing virtual field trip experiences, some of the challenges they faced, and solutions they discovered. He will offer practical advice and resources for developing web-based streaming gallery programs on a small budget and with limited staff, and he will demonstrate some of what schools experience when they book a program.
Our live guest presenter will be Laura Krenicki, a middle-school social studies teacher at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester and 2016 winner of the Excellence in Social Studies Education Award for grades K-8 from the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. Laura will discuss what she looks for in a distance learning experience for both her students and herself as an educator and will describe the virtual field trip she piloted with Mystic Seaport.
Participants may bring a brown bag lunch. Subway is also available on the lobby level. Passes will be available for those who wish to tour the Connecticut Science Center on their own following the program.
There is ample, convenient parking in a garage directly below the Connecticut Science Center. Park your car and take the elevator to the Lobby Level to enter the Science Center. There is an hourly fee to park in the garage ($3 for the first hour and $2 for every hour thereafter.)
The parking garage is located on Grove Street, right next to the Science Center.