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CILC's Community of Learning

Join other learners from around the world for live, interactive programs for 2022. 

  • Programs are held most weekdays at 1:00 PM EST.  See the programming schedule below.

  • Register for your preferred session(s), connect through CISCO WebEx and get ready to enjoy quality programming from within your classroom or the comfort of your own home! Participants will need to download the Webex App or use browser extension to participate in the event.

  • Programs are FREE with registration.

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I am an elementary teacher from Brazil. I signed up today to see how this would work and see if I could use this in my classes. This is great!  The instructor is great, the cameras (with different angles) are helpful, and the Webex platform was easy to install. Just wanted to say I love it!
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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

The Art of Kalighat Paintings

by Penn Museum

Join Museum educators as we look closely at the bright colors and bold designs of Kalighat paintings. Originally created by patuas (painters on cloth) working in the area around Kolkata, India, these paintings were sold as souvenirs for pilgrims visiting a temple to the goddess Kali. Learn more about the stories depicted on these paintings, and follow along as we sketch scenes from popular stories today.

For school-aged


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin

by Actors Company

Scientist, Inventor, Author, Ambassador, Printer, Postmaster, Philanthropist, Patriot: Benjamin Franklin has even been called "the First American". In this original, interactive one-man show, one of the world's greatest statesmen and authors weaves together history, civics, science, and humor by recounting the story of his life. Dr. Franklin (professional actor/historian J.T. Turner) discusses his challenging youth in Boston, his days as a printer and writer in Philadelphia, and his adventures as an inventor, philanthropist, diplomat, and hero of the American Revolution. This show is particularly relevant to both STE and HSS curriculum, and of course, character development.

For K-12 and adult learners (adapted to each age group; this performance will be tailored for K-6, but all are welcome)


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Liquid nitrogen & properties of materials

by Fizzics Education

A show performance where your class interacts with our science presenter as we explore how liquid nitrogen affects the properties of materials. Engaging demonstrations cover phase changes, expansion and contraction, Newton's Laws, basic cell theory, air pressure and the atmospheric research. Explanations and demonstrations are tailored to the year level and abilities of your students. Includes pre-class and post-class activities as well as background teacher notes.

For Grades 3-5


Friday, May 27, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Think Like an Anthropologist

by Penn Museum

Artifacts share clues that help us learn about world cultures. Step into the role of an anthropologist and learn the skills to de-code secrets about artifacts by closely observing, questioning, and talking about them. Bring along a pencil and a paper to track your field notes as we examine objects from South Asian countries.

For school aged


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Reading Ancient Artifacts: Gold Weights

by Penn Museum

How do archaeologists and anthropologists learn by examining artifacts? Share your observations, articulate claims, and formulate questions as we learn about gold weights used by the Asante/Ashanti people of West Africa. Notice the many different types of gold weight designs and learn more about how these objects were made and used.

For school aged


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Adinkra Symbols and Stamps

by Penn Museum

Visual symbols can be decorative while also communicating important messages about shared beliefs and traditions. The Akan people and Asante people of Ghana have used Adinkra symbols to decorate fabric, pottery, and more. Learn how select symbols represent objects associated with unique stories or beliefs. Follow along to draw a symbol yourself and discover its meaning!

For school aged


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Make an Egyptian Cartouche

by Penn Museum

Ancient Egyptians wrote the name of pharaohs and other royal people in hieroglyphs inside an oval with a horizontal line at one end. This special way of writing names is called a cartouche (pronounced car – toosh). Take a close look at a pharaoh’s cartouche on the Sphinx located in the Penn Museum, then create your own version, with your royal name on display for all to see!

For school aged


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Making a Mosaic

by Penn Museum

A mosaic is a picture or pattern made by arranging small colored pieces of stone, glass, or ceramic. People have created mosaics for thousands of years. Explore the history of this art form and learn how to make your own ancient Roman-style mosaic at home!

For school aged


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Homestead Act of 1862

by Homestead NHP

Learn about the diverse impacts of the Homestead Act of 1862

For 6th-12th


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

American History Through Baseball Uniforms

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Baseball uniforms tell us a great deal about American history. Just by studying changes to uniforms, we can correspond those changes to real life events and trends.

For


Monday, July 11, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Meet the Patients: Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehab Release

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Meet the patients currently being rehabilitated at Pacific Marine Mammal Center and hear their stories. Take a behind the scenes tour of our hospital to see the medical units and equipment used in the animals’ recovery. Observe rehabilitation procedures. Listen to the accounts of past patients that were admitted due to human impact and learn what you can do to keep it from happening again.

For 3rd-6th


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Technology Through Time: The History of Childhood at Liberty Hall

by Liberty Hall Museum

Museum educators dressed in period clothes will guide students on a virtual time travel adventure through three different generations at Liberty Hall: 1780s; 1860s; and 1940s. Through artifacts and reproductions students will explore how life has changed for children at Liberty Hall by comparing lighting, transportation, communication, technology, clothing, music, and toys.

For 1st-5th


Monday, July 18, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Amazing Monarchs

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Discover the fascinating life cycle of these iconic insects and their multigenerational migration.

For school aged


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Animal Senses

by Greenville Zoo

Animal Senses investigates the many ways animals use their five main senses (sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste) to survive in their habitats. During this program, we will define the five main senses, explore how animals use their senses to survive, and demonstrate how animals may use their senses differently than we do. All programs include up close encounters with our education animal ambassadors.

For PreK - 2nd


Monday, July 25, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Meet the manatees

by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Find out the favorite foods of Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, as we visit them during feeding time. Talk with our aquarium biologist and learn about these amazing marine mammals.

For K-12th grade


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Endangered Species

by Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Students will learn the meanings of: "endangered and meet real examples of endangered species by visiting exhibits at the Toledo Zoo. We will discuss some specific problems causing endangerment and explore ways that zoos are helping endangered species.

For 3-12th grade


Monday, August 1, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

STEAM: Technologies of the American West

by Booth Museum

Learn about the many diverse cultures that defined the American West through the art and artifacts in the Booth Museum's collection!

For 3rd-6th


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Spiders! A Folktale Using Sign Language! Then Do Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Use sign language and participate in a folktale story about spiders and their webs! Then become an arachnologist (spider scientist) and learn some fun spiders facts with Miss Liz the Science Wiz. Your students will simulate real spider behavior while exploring a spider web that they have created! Students will be able to retell our sign language story and do our science experiments for someone they love..

For K-2


Monday, August 8, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Weather Wow! Up in the Air

by UCAR Center for Science Education

Did you know a typical cumulonimbus cloud can weigh 105.8 MILLION pounds?! How does it stay up in the sky?! Explore how the sun affects our Earth’s weather with an interactive experiment comparing hot and cold air. Transform your students into science sleuths and cloud detectives as we explore this mystery together and learn how air behaves when it changes temperature.

For K-3


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Dance Around The World

by Children's Museum of Atlanta

Exploring distinct cultures through art, music and dance can be so much fun. Join us as we jump on an imaginary jet and fly to faraway places as we explore Dance Around the World!

For K-2


Monday, August 15, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Animal Art at the South Carolina Aquarium

by South Carolina Aquarium

Get out your art supplies! Spend a virtual field trip with an turtle from the South Carolina Aquarium and watch as they create a painting as you create alongside them! Learn all about their adaptations and how the Aquarium uses enrichment to keep their resident animals happy and healthy.

For K-6


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Cultural Traditions

by Ohio History Connection

Discover traditions from around the globe! Your students will learn how different cultures use days of celebration to come together as a community. You will hear from people that celebrate Eid, Carnaval, Juneteenth and Diwali, and you will learn about these traditions and their origins.

For K-3


Monday, August 22, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Awesome Africa

by Chattanooga Zoo

Join our educators on a safari in downtown Chattanooga, TN to meet giraffes, chimpanzees, and more! We will learn about their adaptations, social structures, and the importance of AZA Zoos & Aquariums.

For K-6th


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Timber! Impacts of the Great Lakes Lumber Boom

by Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Between 1840 and 1910, Michign experienced a lumber boom that led to industrial growth throughout the nation. Though economically positive, largescale deforestation and erosion led to its decline. Explore what life was like in a lumber camp and examine the environmental impacts that led to calls for conservation and sustainable forestry practices.

For 3rd-5th


Monday, August 29, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Introduction to Mechanical Automata

by Playful Engineers

A mechanical automaton is an automated puppet or scene made to resemble humans, animals, or other objects in motion. We'll learn about gears, cranks, and cams, and how rotary motion can be transformed to linear and reciprocating motion. This presentation makes a great introduction to Jay's hands-on 'Maker Space Build-Along: Automata!' workshops.

For K-12


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

In Spring 2020, CILC launched the Community of Learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a resource for interactive learning for families and learners of all ages.
The videos below capture testimonials, reactions from some who have enjoyed the programming so far.