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Videoconference Lesson

Classroom Videoconference


  • Students will videoconference with a state park ranger from California's redwood coast. Featured parks include Humboldt Redwoods State Park or Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
  • Students will learn about the organisms that live in a redwood forest and why it is important to preserve this unique environment.
Time Required
One 45 to 60 minute class period

Materials Required
Videoconference setup (either a camera-enabled computer, tablet, or standards-based videoconference machine) tested from the school.
Projector, TV, or SmartBoard

1. At least two weeks prior to the videoconference, the State Park Interpreter and the teacher should begin communicating about content of videoconference.

2. Prior to the videoconference, prepare your students using the provided Unit of Study lessons, or classroom curriculum. Students might be encouraged to bring questions to the videoconference.

3. At least a week prior to the videoconference, conduct a test connection (see technology page on website for more details Be sure to coordinate with your district technology support.

Day of the Videoconference:
Discuss with the distance learning presenter the roles and responsibilities of both you, the teacher, and the students themselves. This will best assure a valuable educational experience.