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Video conference Lesson-Desert Stories Today and Yesterday

Videoconference - Desert Stories today and yesterday

Overview
During the videoconference, a State Park Interpreter will guide your students through different geologic formations at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Students will be encouraged to interact with the interpreterAction and draw connections between their classroom curriculum and the stories of the desert.

Objectives
Students will:
1. Videoconference with a State Park Interpreter from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
2. Analyze Anza-Borrego's granite mountains and badlands to learn the stories told by the rocks and fossils.
3. Draw connection between their classroom geology and life science curriculum and its real world application.

Time Required
One 45 to 60 minute class period

Materials Required
Videoconference setup preconfigured and tested from the school.

Procedures
Preparations
1. At least two weeks prior to the videoconference, the State Park Interpreter and the teacher should begin communicating about content of videoconference.

2. Prior to the videoconference, prepare your students using the provided Unit of Study lessons, or classroom curriculum. Students might be encouraged to bring questions to the videoconference.

3. At least a week prior to the videoconference, obtain the standards-based videoconference equipment. Be sure to coordinate with your district technology support. Conduct a test connection (see technology page on website for more details www.ports.parks.ca.gov).

Day of the Videoconference:
Discuss with the distance learning presenter the roles and responsibilities of both you, the teacher, and the students themselves. This will best assure a valuable educational experience.