Live...from the Heart: Using Interactive Videoconferencing to Link Classrooms to Museum Resources
Bryan Wunar, Nicole Kowrach, Museum of Science and Industry, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Museum of Science and Industry is using interactive videoconferencing to support improved science education by linking classrooms with the resources of the Museum. Live…from the Heart, the Museum’s premiere videoconferencing program, offers students in grades 8-12 a dramatic exploration of the human heart. Students and teachers onsite at the Museum and in remote classrooms, observe a real-time, open-heart surgery performed at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. Throughout the procedure, museum educators facilitate a discussion between students and members of the surgical team, exploring topics including cardiovascular health and careers in the medical sciences. The program consists of four components: pre- and post-visit lesson plans; an educational website; a teacher professional development institute; and a live “broadcast” of a coronary artery bypass surgery. This paper presents evaluation results and discusses the Museum’s use of videoconferencing as an educational tool.
Wunar, B. & Kowrach, N. (2009). Live...from the Heart: Using Interactive Videoconferencing to Link Classrooms to Museum Resources. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 581-582). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).