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Videoconference Lesson

Classroom videoconference

Objectives
Upon completing the lesson students will be able to:

  • Interact with a content expert via a videoconference with a State Park Interpreter at Columbia State Historic Park.
  • Identify key characteristics of a gold rush era community of Columbia and why it has been preserved for future generations
Time Required
45 minute class period

Materials Required
Videoconference setup (either a camera-enabled computer, tablet, or standards-based videoconference machine) tested from the school.
Projector, TV, or SmartBoard

Materials Required

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, conduct a test connection (see technology page on website for more details www.ports.parks.ca.gov). Be sure to coordinate with your district technology support.

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.