Effective Virtual Learning Field Trips: An Information Sharing Session

Effective Virtual Learning Field Trips: An Information Sharing Session

Field trips have always been a way to get students exposed to and engaged in science in tangible ways. Distance learning holds new opportunities for educators and students to be able to take field trips and learning outside of the classroom. Virtual field trips now allow educators to go beyond geographic limitations and develop high-quality education opportunities for students.

The California Association of Science Educators (CASE) is excited to be providing an informative and engaging webinar exploring the do’s and don'ts, as well as successes and challenges with virtual field trips. We will also explore offerings from a few of our science partners who provide platforms that solidify learning, agency, and connection through standards-based virtual field trips.

Teacher Panelists

Stuart Douglas is a Biology Teacher at Granger Junior High in National City, California. He has been teaching for more than 20 years and has spent the last 15 years at Granger Junior High. Stuart has earned degrees in Marine Sciences and a Master’s in Zoology through Miami University and San Diego ZooGlobal. He is passionate about Biology and Conservation and endeavors to teach his students about those subjects and more. He is a big believer in Field Trips and now has increasingly turned to Virtual Field Trips as a resource.

Kelly Garcia is a science and engineering teacher at Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, CA, and a master teacher for Project Lead The Way. She is known by her colleagues for creating opportunities for her students to learn, and ensuring that STEM education is part of the fabric of her community. As a result, Kelly has worked with organizations such as Snap the Gap, Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineers Femineers Program, and Verizon’s Innovative Learning Labs to bring opportunities for STEM Education to students throughout her district. In 2017, Kelly was awarded Project Lead the Way Gateway Teacher of the Year, and Woman of the Year for California 57th Assembly District.

Jennifer Van Blair is a 5th grade teacher in Stockton, California. This will be her tenth year teaching. She has a Master's of Education in Teacher Leadership and a passion to help students become confident in math, especially solving word problems. She has taught both 4th and 5th grade formally in the classroom, both as a self-contained GATE teacher, and a combination teacher, but it was her work as an outdoor educator that inspired her to become a classroom teacher.

She believes that we can harness the power of technology to create collaborative problem solvers that communicate solutions to real world problems. She lives in Lodi with her toddler, husband, and two cats. Outside of teaching, it's not uncommon to find her in the mountains enjoying sweeping mountain views of the mighty Sierra Nevadas.

Program Partners - Panelists

California Academy of Sciences

Jacque Benitez is an Education Specialist for the California Academy of Sciences’ distance learning program. She has been at the Academy in San Francisco, California since 2012. Starting as a planetarium presenter teaching student’s astronomy. In 2015, she then took the opportunity to reach students beyond the Bay Area in an innovative way through the Academy’s distance learning program. Since joining the education team, she has tripled its digital outreach and co-designed many of the existing programs offered today. Her mission for distance learning is that every K to 8th-grade student has the opportunity to explore, explain, and sustain life as a scientist.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

David Seidel, a Life Member of CASE, is manager of the Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he leads a team leveraging the intrinsic interest in NASA missions of discovery. He has been at JPL for thirty years and, prior to joining JPL, David taught high school science and ran a planetarium. David has received numerous group and individual achievement awards including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, and the American Astronautical Society’s Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award.He was a member of the California Science Expert Panel for the Next Generation Science Standards. His hobbies include mountain biking and disaster amateur radio communications.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Emily Berglund, Olivia Drummond, and Jamie Feinstein

Course Details

Effective Virtual Learning Field Trips: An Information Sharing Session01:25:00
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