Students get up close and personal with wolves, history

Wednesday, November 24 2010

Students in Minnesota recently had the chance to delve into a wide variety of topics, such as American Indian and European-American cultures and wolf ecology and behavior, thanks to a new video conferencing system installed in their school.

The application incorporated existing video conferencing technology in schools and improved on their design, making even more of the world available to the school children without them having to leave their classrooms.

Students are now connected to the Minnesota Historical Society's vast collection of state relics and memories. Within the archives that can now be simulcast into the classroom are American Indian moccasins, artwork and photographs, Civil War-era flags, genealogical information and more.

Also accessed through video conferencing was the International Wolf Center based in Ely, Minnesota, helping to infuse science into the classroom. Other virtual field trip experiences available to students thanks to the technology include topics such as social studies, language arts, geography and math.

Mashable Tech says that language learning has been another subject improved in schools by video conferencing. Students can set up lessons with native speakers who live in other countries and attend lessons via video conferencing. Students also learn about social interaction in another culture without an expensive travel bill, writes the site.