PHOENIX – Although several states separate New York from South Carolina, a recent videoconference helped bridge the gap and bring the Greenville Zoo to Phoenix students.
The life skills class at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School learned about animals and the role of zookeepers as part of the “Who’s Who in the Zoo” virtual connection.
Students asked questions about the different animals and discussed the habitats and eating habits of several species.
Through the videoconference, students learned about positive reinforcement training and how zookeepers use that technique with giraffes to move them from one area to another. The students were excited to simulate the training in the classroom, as one student portrayed the zookeeper and another acted as a giraffe.
The videoconference was a distance learning offering was provided by the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
The service strives to bridge the gap in educational opportunities and enhance learning experiences for students, teachers and community members by providing overall program coordination services, technical support, identification of district needs and connectivity access to school districts and educational institutions.