The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers distance learning programs to K-12 students through interactive videoconferencing technology.
Our studio is located in Raleigh and uses Video-over-IP #.323 technology to connect with your site. It’s a lot like making a phone call over the internet, except that instead of just speaking with someone, you can watch them as well.
Check with your school district or technology coordinator to see if there are facilities or equipment in your area. Some high schools and most community colleges have videoconferencing (IVC) facilities.
Here’s a little more about what to expect.
Before the program
When the program is scheduled, we will send a box of materials to use during the program. Open it up.
The day of the program
Make sure that the box of materials is ready at the IVC site. Please pass out number cards, one for each student. We use the cards to call on students.
Students will come in and find a seat. In the room you will see a television or screen. There will be cameras and microphones in the room.
When the wildlife instructor appears on the television, you will be able to see and hear what she does and says. She is able to see and hear what you do as well.
She will introduce herself and start the program. She may take a few moments to help students acclimate to this type of communication. Students pick it up very quickly.
During the program, the classroom instructor may be asked to pass out materials from the materials box. The program is a lot like what you would experience in a face to face program: sharing images, investigating objects, talking back and forth, and completing activities.
After the program
Students go back to their regular classes. The classroom instructor should complete an evaluation of the program (included in the box) and return this in the materials.