Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 7, Sept. 2006
Since Roundtrips’ inception in 2002, Tim Gore, Educational Director, and Jim Sturm, Technical Director, show no signs of slowing their distance learning organization. Aided by the connectivity of MOREnet, Roundtrips provides virtual fieldtrips linked with an interactive website, preparatory materials to use with students and archived materials available on CD and DVD.
Lewis and Clark Then and Now: Linking the Trail to America’s Students was the first distance learning project created by Roundtrips. Their second project began in January of 2006, Inside the Artist’s Studio. It offered a chance for students, teachers and artists to share, demonstrate and experience visual art, music or theater. “It is so exciting to link the intimate settings of an artist’s own workspace with the classroom,” Gore said. “The artists tend to be much more comfortable in this setting and comfort tends to breed a more intimate experience for both the students and the artists.”
Three upcoming projects will be introduced later this fall through January. The first, Missouri Regions Projects, will link elementary and secondary education levels around the state in regional-based presentations, in which the students will prepare and present about historical topics from their regions. They also plan to offer two projects in conjunction with the Cable Television Education Commission of St. Louis County. Biology in the Philippines features environmental and social aspects in the Philippines, while another project focuses on learning tolerance and acceptance, by connecting with the United States premiere of Hana’s Suitcase.
To learn more about Roundtrips, including archived broadcasts and information about how to participate, visit roundtrips.org.
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