Can't travel to Golden Gate Park? Your class can interact with our exhibits, animals, and experts in a live stream via our Distance Learning programs.
- My students were eager to experience this field trip as we have never tried this before. My students were amazed that a person in California could share their penguins with us in New York in real time! The presentation inspired us to continue learning more about penguins.
- My students' favorite parts were to see the actual penguins they were studying and have their questions answered.
- All in all it was a good program but maybe not as engaging as I'd hoped. Also it's hard to manage the technology with kinder students. I REALLY found it helpful that the presenter was bilingual though as I only speak Spanish in front of my students.
- My students' favorite part was acting like a penguin.
Sharks, Rays and their Lagoons program:
- Please - keep doing these. They are great! The pacing, the materials, the tech support - it's amazing! Thank you!! It makes all the difference to teachers in rural schools.
- Few students in rural Alaska have ever been to an aquarium or had the opportunity to view sharks/rays in person. This allowed the students to view them virtually while driving the instruction through their own questions.
- It was nice to see students engaged in critical thinking about how to form a scientific question.
- We study the nature of scientific inquiry and experimental design in fourth grade. This was directly linked to those concepts.
- My students' favorite part was when the black-tipped sharks cruised by the webcam at close range.
- My students benefited from the reinforcement of life cycle knowledge. It was great that they were learning more about someplace they had visited in Kindergarten.It was a perfect connection. We have first grade books about a frog in the rainforest, which also reinforced literacy and previous knowledge. For children learning English, this has been especially valuable.
- We will be studying rainforest in one month and this was a great introduction to the unit. We like how interactive the program is, so to allow students instant feedback to there thoughts and wonders.
- Students really enjoyed seeing the live camera recordings. They even used some great vocabulary words like nectar, a word we don't say often. They remembered how the snakes twisted their prey and how the fish shot water up in the air to get its flies. They also learned to look at beaks closer (something I didn't focus on, but the program did) which was great. They made the connection that the different beaks helped each bird survive and do things differently.