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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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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.

Thank you to our partnering Content Providers who continue to provide impressive and informative programming for students of all ages through CILC's Community of Learning.

 



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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!
Teacher

Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Why Sharks Matter

by Mote Marine Laboratory

We talk with Dr. David Shiffman, author of the book Why Sharks Matter and uncover the mysteries of these fascinating sea creatures.

For middle school, 6th-8th, but suitable for all ages


Tuesday, November 29, 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, November 30, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Portrait Detectives

by Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Become a Portrait Detective! Young students will search for and analyze clues in portraits to learn about some of the most historically significant Americans.

For PK- 3rd


Thursday, December 1, 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, the Great Lakes region 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 3-5th


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Feet Got the Beat

by Manhattan School of Music

Rhythm: It's the groove that makes you move; it's the beat that moves your feet! Students will embark on a cultural journey through music and dance. A movement-based experience that gets students up on their feet, Feet Got the Beat helps students solidify geography knowledge while growing awareness about other culture. A pair of MSM Teaching Artists will introduce different musical styles and instruments, while guiding students through native dance moves from West Africa, Ireland, Haiti, China, and the United States. A wonderful way to build class community and enrichment!

For Grades 1-5


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Virtual Invertebrate Encounter: Arachnids

by Butterfly Pavilion

A live arachnid is introduced and shown on camera. Then student scientists take the lead through inquiry, asking questions about the animal that set the direction for the remainder of this fun, back-and-forth session.

For K-6


Thursday, December 8, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Rocks & Minerals: It's Not 'Hard' Science!

by Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Are you losing your marbles when it comes to getting 'sedimentary' students interested in the rocks beneath their feet? Don’t 'sulphur' alone…we’ll help you dig up an avalanche of appreciation for the original 'hard' sciences…this overview of geology and mineralogy basics will whet your students’ 'apatite' for Earth Sciences with plenty of hands-on experiments and real specimens from our collections. Is studying rocks fun? Of 'quartz' it is!

For 3rd-8th grades


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

The Story of Pro Football

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the "museum concept" brought to life through the use of priceless artifacts and historical documents, which illustrates the museum approach of conveying the history of pro football through artifacts/documents. The program includes a discussion on Northeast Ohio's historic ties to Pro Football and why the Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio. The 50-minute program which is designed to be highly interactive, is supplemented by a lesson aligned with Common Core/National Standards of Education and is recommended for grades K-12.

For K-12th


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Building the Gateway Arch

by Gateway Arch National Park

Learn about the history, design and construction of the Gateway Arch, our tallest national monument.

For Grade 3-6


Thursday, December 15, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Snakes & the Scientific Method

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Use the scientific method to discover one of the many questions folks have about snakes! We’ll perform an experiment, learn how to use evidence to solve problems and answer questions, and even test our new knowledge with a snake in a mystery habitat!

For 2nd-5th


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Matter Science Theater

by Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Matter is everywhere and makes up everything. This theater-style demonstration captivates students as they explore the different states of matter and experience transformations right before their eyes.

For K-6


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

1:00pm EST

45 minutes

Lewis and Clark

by Gateway Arch National Park

Explore the cultures, landscapes and animals encountered by the Corp of Discovery.

For Grade 3-6


Thursday, December 22, 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.