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Students See Sharks, Coral Reef with Videoconference Technology

Central Square Intermediate School families saw sharks up close from the school cafeteria.

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A staff member of the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Australia explains how the coral reef ecosystem works as Central Square Intermediate School students listen during the videoconference connection from the school’s cafeteria.

The videoconference connection between 50 students, their family members and the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Australia was made possible through the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Distance Learning program.

The live broadcast connected students with both a representative from the aquarium and a diver in the shark and coral reef tanks.

Students learned about the types of coral and fish that live in the Great Barrier Reef.

They asked questions related to the age and size of the reef and the many species that can be found there.

Distance Learning Coordinator Melissa Daniels said the Australian connection was one of an estimated 200 that will occur in Oswego County schools throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

CiTi Library Media Specialist Elaine Flood has helped students in various grade levels experience either an autopsy, the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas, the International Wolf Center in Minnesota, a visit with a Holocaust survivor and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, among several other opportunities.

Daniels local teachers for including videoconferencing in their lessons.

All opportunities have a direct connection to academic curricula and classroom-to-classroom connections provide endless possibilities.

For more information on CiTi’s Distance Learning opportunities, visit www.CiTiboces.org.