Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Avon East students take a virtual tour of our Solar System with NASA Johnson

Second grade students from Avon East Elementary School took a virtual tour of our solar system with the NASA Johnson Center in Houston Texas. Using their vast selection of images and video the students received a tour with the NASA Staff. The education director took a closer look at each of the planets and our sun.

The students enjoyed the images and animations used to detail the objects of our Solar System. This program was a great introduction to our teacher’s space unit. The session was scheduled as a multipoint connection with a school in New York for our morning session and a school in Minnesota in our afternoon connection.

NASA is a great content provider and best of all there sessions are FREE to schools in the U.S. This provides schools with great resources to enhance our science curriculum. To learn more about programming you can visit them on the web at

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Muskingum Valley ESC hops into Avon’s science curriculum

First graders from Avon East Elementary School enhanced their science curriculum through an interactive videoconference with the Muskingum Valley ESC. Students shared their knowledge about frogs and amphibians are learned so much more during the interactive session.

The lesson was a combination of PowerPoint, streamed video and an interactive game to review the concepts covered during the session. The students were engaged by the instructor and kept on task through the media rich presentation. This program is aligned to our first grade science standards. The entire 1st grade combined to participate in four sessions with MVESC.

The Muskingum Valley ESC offers programs to schools through the Ohio K-12 video network scheduled on demand. To learn more about the MVESC and their distance learning programming you can check them out on line at