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May 18th, 2010
Travis, Crockett have 'video conference'

051710videoconfCrockett Elementary School’s Celena Parra reads a poem for her classmates across town at Travis Elementary School. Photo by Barbara Johnson.

STAFF REPORT

Video conferencing may be the latest tool for businesses to conduct meetings and seminars, but it can also serve as an educational tool. Travis Elementary School Librarian Jan Rudnicki and Crockett Elementary School’s Librarian Barbara Johnson devised a science project for the students in the two schools to share their science activities.

Second grade students took turns reading “Who Am I?” poems about rain forest animals, while their classmates watched them across town and used the clues to figure out which animals the poem was about. The students enjoyed the experience of being “on TV” and sharing with another school.

Rudnicki and Johnson were inspired to do the project after the popular educational program with the “singing zoologist,” Lucas Miller, came to the schools earlier this year. Miller’s program was made possible by a grant from the San Marcos Education Foundation.

051710marcielaCrockett Elementary School’s  Maricella Pavia gives clues to the Travis Elementary School’s second graders. Photo by Barbara Johnson.

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