One day in the spring of 2010, Karleen Black’s sixth grade classroom became a logging camp.
“The kids got up and became the different roles: loggers, crew leader, cook, tree,” said Black, a teacher at Ogilvie Elementary.
Using video conferencing equipment, Black’s class connected with a “lumberjack” back at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul who led them through a high-energy, in-depth lesson on this important chapter in Minnesota history.
“The students remember so much information because of the interaction,” Black said. “All kids are engaged.”
Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) received $496,427 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The funds were used to install an IVC studio at the History Center and to develop and deliver programs to more than 100 classrooms from Hinckley to Pipestone. Students experienced logging, Harriet Bishop’s frontier schoolhouse and an expedition with Joseph Nicollet.
The Star Tribune featured IVC in a recent article.
Almost every school district in the state has access to IVC equipment, allowing the History Center to engage students far beyond its building.
“It can actually take my students places where we can’t afford to take them or to places that no longer exist,” Black said.
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