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CILC's Community of Learning Continues!

 

Join other learners from around the world for live, interactive programs for 2021.  See the programming schedule below.

  • Programs are held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:00 PM EST.
  • 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!
  • 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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"We have thoroughly enjoyed every session! We’ve attended multiple times every week for the past month and we could not be more grateful to you for making such a diverse offering available." — Teacher —

 

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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Critters in the Cold

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Learn about animal adaptations to extreme weather with hands-on experiments and even take a virtual trip to Antarctica. Join us as we learn how animals, such as penguins, live and have babies during extreme weather.

For K-2nd grade


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Ancestral Sonoran Desert People

by Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

For over a thousand years, the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People called the desert their home. During this program, students will be introduced to the culture, daily life, and survival of the ancestral people. They will compare life in the past to their lives today. Students will also be introduced to the mission of the National Park Service and how they can help protect Casa Grande Ruins for future generations.

For 3rd & 4th


Thursday, January 21, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Manatee Science

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Do you know how to train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Find out how Mote Marine Laboratory cares for Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, and learn how big and smart they are. Students will learn the basic characteristics of mammals and the adaptations of manatees. Students will also learn how our biologist care for manatees and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations.

For 3–6


Friday, January 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Tour of a One-Room Schoolhouse

by The Durham Museum

Step back to the 1890’s and see how different it was to attend a one-room school! Explore daily life from this time period through artifacts, stories and reciting real lessons students did in their classroom. Who will be the spelling bee champion or have the best penmanship? Find out in our virtual one-room schoolhouse!

For K-5th


Monday, January 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

30-45

The Meaning and Making of Mandarin Squares

by Penn Museum

Buzi, often called “Mandarin squares,” are patches of fabric that were sewn onto the clothing of important people in China in the Qing dynasty. Learn how the animals, colors, and symbols were woven to create a fancy, beautiful design on these embroidered squares to represent the rank of the person wearing them, similar to the medals on a military uniform today. Make your own Buzi by planning a design that is personal to you.

For School Aged


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

Westward By Rail

by Roper Mountain Science Center

All aboard! Come explore the technological advances made during the westward expansion of the 19th century and their impact on the history of the United States. Learn about the economics of railroad building, the challenges faced by both railroad companies and Native Americans, and see for yourself the lasting legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad.

For 4th and Up


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45-50 minutes

Habitat Investigators

by Rocky Mountain National Park

Go on a Ranger led exploration through these 3 different habitats to uncover the temperatue, wind speed, plants, and animals that live there. AND create your very own "habitat field log" along the way!

For


Thursday, January 28, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Shark Science

by Mote Marine Laboratory

How smart are you about sharks? Take our interactive quiz show to uncover the mysteries and discover the truths about these fascinating creatures. In this lesson we introduce the learners to the diversity and adaptations of sharks.

For 3–6


Friday, January 29, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Meet the Residents: Allison

by Sea Turtle, Inc.

Discover the story of Allison, the one-flippered sea turtle, and Merry Christmas, the cold-stunned sea turtle. Learn characteristics of Atlantic green sea turtles and ways you can help sea turtles in the wild. Program includes a Live visit from Allison and Merry Christmas!

For K-3


Monday, February 1, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Design a Mancala Board

by Penn Museum

Mancala is an ancient game from Africa that was originally played by digging shallow holes in the ground. Investigate mancala boards from all around the world to discover the different craftsmanship, function, rules, and playing pieces used on each game board. Create your own mancala board with paper and learn a simple version of the game. Let the games begin!

For School-Aged


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Will's World: All About the Bard

by Actors Company

How does a glovemaker’s son, with just a few years of formal schooling, become the most famous writer and poet in the world? In this one-man performance, William Shakespeare shares his life story, while providing insight into his greatest works and the world of Theater during the time of Queen Elizabeth. This engaging, interactive show features excerpts from A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, and As You Like It, as well as Shakespeare’s sonnets. Professional actor and Shakespeare expert J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life and makes his works accessible for all.

For Grade 4 and up


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min.

Whale Watching in Glacier Bay

by Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Join a ranger to learn about whales and how they are studied in Glacier Bay National Park

For Grade 4 and up


Thursday, February 4, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min

Winter Tales from Around the World

by Actors Company

Winter Tales from Around the World: Illuminate the darkness with diverse folktales, such as The Monkey and the Turtle (Philippines), The Three Dolls (Europe), and Ananzi and the Big Weird Rock (Africa/Caribbean).

For All ages


Friday, February 5, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min.

Penguins LIVE!

by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Go nose-to-nose with over 75 Antarctic penguins. Say hello to Gentoo, Rockhopper, and King penguins. Witness their unique behaviors and discover their amazing adaptations from a front row seat at one of the premier penguin exhibits in the world.

For All ages


Monday, February 8, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min

Adinkra Symbols and Proverbs

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 write out the meaning.

For School-Aged


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45mins

Young Abraham Lincoln

by Learn Around The World

Come on this virtual field trip to visit Lincoln’s boyhood home in Indiana and his adult home in Illinois. Join us to discuss and investigate the lesser known part of Lincoln’s life. Young Lincoln – before he was president.

For 2-6, All ages


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

The program provides an overview on racial and ethnic communities and the ways that they have changed the landscape of baseball since the late 1800s.

For 4 & Up


Thursday, February 11, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

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 43834


Friday, February 12, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min

Think Like an Archaeologist!

by Penn Museum

Artifacts share clues that help us learn about world cultures. Step into the role of an anthropologist to unpack interesting information that artifacts can tell us, just by using your eyes. 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 look closely at objects from the Africa Section.

For School Age


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

The Wright Brothers

by Learn Around The World

The Wright Brothers are two of America's most famous sons. Join this experience and relive the development of the first practical airplane. We'll virtually travel to Dayton, OH and Kitty Hawk, NC to investigate the hard work and determination the brothers displayed during their famous real world experiments from 1899-1905.

For 2-6, All ages


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

George Washington Carver: Struggle for Education

by George Washington Carver National Monument

This program begins with the class meeting the park ranger and discussing your What I Think Now quiz. We will talk about the early life of George Washington Carver, utilizing a variety of photos. Next, students will be asked to present their questions to the park ranger. We will compare schooling today with schooling during Carver's life. The last activity is a fun lesson from the Original Blue Back Speller, the same book Carver used during his early school years.

For 2nd-4th


Thursday, February 18, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45

Animals of "Juma the Giraffe"

by Lee Richardson Zoo

This engaging program will bring the story of “Juma the Giraffe” alive in your classroom. During this session, students will meet Ambassador Animals that relate to Juma’s world and explore what makes these animals special through the animal...

For Pre/K, All Ages


Friday, February 19, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min

Zoo Play

by Greenville Zoo

Zoo Play introduces students to all the ways animals have fun at the Greenville Zoo! During this program, we will define animal enrichment, investigate various zoo toys, and even have up-close encounters with fun-loving education animal ambassadors.

For 43867


Monday, February 22, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 min

Kanga: Message Carriers of East Africa

by Penn Museum

A kanga is piece of clothing worn in East African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Kangas are rectangular pieces of cotton with boldly printed designs surrounded by a decorative border. They include a Swahili proverb in the middle. Kangas are designed and chosen to express personal, political, or religious messages. Learn more about these vibrant textiles as you create your own kanga design that includes a Swahili proverb that speaks to you!

For School Age


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

Australian Animals

by Australian Environmental Education

Discover some amazing animals that only live in Australia. We will explore the deserts to the sea, forests to my backyard to find out more about some of Australia’s most interesting animals. You will also see some live insects and a live Green Tree Frog

For Elementary


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 mins

Carving the Canyon

by Zion National Park

Through this program, students will gain an understanding of the unique and complex geologic story of Zion and the southwest.

For 4th, 5th, 6th


Thursday, February 25, 2021

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth

by Michigan Science Center

Immerse yourself in the amazing sounds of our planet! Learn basic propertis of sound and discover what soundscapes tell us about the health of our ecosystems. Through high quality videos and audio files recorded around the world, Global Soundscapes takes you on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology.

For 3rd & Up


Friday, February 26, 2021

1:00 pm ET

50 minutes, followed by 10 min Q&A

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.