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This Fall, CILC's Community of Learning Continues!

 

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

  • Programs are held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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 —

 

A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting CILC's Fall 2020 Community of Learning

Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

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Scribe School: Cuneiform & Clay Tablets

by Penn Museum

Have you ever wondered about how ancient people learn to write? Learn more about world languages by looking closely at objects with one of the earliest writing systems. One ancient civilization, the Sumerian people used a writing system made of wedges shapes called cuneiform.

For All Ages


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Amulets: Meaning and Making

by Penn Museum

Connect deeper with ancient civilizations through investigation of amulets. Look closely at the symbols, language, and materials of these small objects to learn why people believe they provide protection or have special powers. Plan your own amulet design that expresses a personal wish or form of protection.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Royal Tyrrell Museum Virtual Visit

by Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Take a tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum without leaving your classroom! During this interactive virtual visit, we'll guide you through our galleries and exhibits. Marvel at creatures from ancient seas, explore Dinosaur Hall, and discover how life carried on after the asteroid impact that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

For All Ages


Friday, September 25, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Spiders Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Enjoy a folktale trickster story about Anansi the Spider. Then use Anansi's paper hat to explore the science concepts of line of symmetry, push/pull, gravity and incline. This program is a totally Hands-On

For K to 3


Monday, September 28, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Make Your Own 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 the name is called a cartouche (pronounced "car-toosh"). Take a close look at a pharaoh’s cartouche on the great Sphinx in the Museum's Sphinx Gallery, then create your own version of a cartouche with your royal name on display for all to see!

For All Ages


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Adventures of Benjamin Franklin

by Actors Company - J.T. Turner

The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin. Printer, Scientist, Inventor, Author, Ambassador, 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 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. Includes safe, participatory, fascinating re-creations of Franklin’s experiments, making this show particularly relevant to both STE and HSS curriculum, and of course, character development.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Calypso for Kids

by JamaicaBob

Join Jamaica Bob as he transports you and your students to the West Indies on an amusing musical tour. Along the way you’ll experience engaging songs, educational content and active participation through a spicy blend of music and culture.

For All Ages


Friday, October 2, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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The Science of Slithering

by Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Discover how snakes move, eat, shed, and where they live. Meet a live python, too!

For K to 3


Monday, October 5, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Who's Who in the Zoo

by Greenville Zoo

Who’s Who in the Zoo introduces participants to the animals, and the people who care for them, here at the Greenville Zoo! During this program, we will discuss day-to-day animal care, animal training protocols, and even have an up close encounter with some of our education animal ambassadors.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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SEA Show: Octopus Day

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Join us as we chat with octopus and squid experts and celebrate these spineless wonders for International Cephalopod Awareness Days.

For All Ages


Friday, October 9, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Aesop's Fantabulous Fables

by Center for Puppetry Arts

Set in Ancient Greece, Aesop’s Fantastical Fables! will tell the story of a servant Aesop and his sidekick Cecil the Lion who share with the audience the stories Aesop has created, using puppets. Aesop tells three classic tales, The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy who cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare, encouraging the audience to participate in this very interactive puppet show.

For K to 3


Monday, October 12, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Humans and Houses

by Penn Museum

Homes provide us shelter and comfort from the outside world, and we can appreciate how important they are now more than ever. Humans have been building houses for their families for thousands of years. Join us as we explore what “home” looked like for ancient peoples, based on clay models of that reflect the architecture of the time.

For All ages


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Sustainable Solutions: Bioenergy & Bioproducts

by Creative Discovery Museum

Learn about the cutting edge genetic research to produce sufficience plant mass to create cleaner energy and biodegradable products.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Living Room Circus with Diamond Family Circus

by Actors Company - Diamond Family Circus

Circus is for everyBODY, any age or ability. Try juggling, balancing, clown and acrobatics, using your amazing body, your imagination and common household items. Professional circus perfomers and teaching artists and Marisa Diamond of Diamond Family Circus lead the way.

For All Ages


Friday, October 16, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Plant Parts and Pumpkins

by Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada

What are the different parts of a plant and what are their functions? We'll examine a variety of plants including various squash and compare their parts - Are all plants the same? How do these parts help the plants like a pumpkin to grow?

For K to 3


Monday, October 19, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Map Making and Meaning

by Penn Museum

Did you know there was a science to map making, called Cartography? By looking closely at maps, you can learn more about how people visually interpreted the land they interacted with over time. Investigate key features that help you read most maps and discover elements that make each map unique alongside a Museum educator. Then practice your hand as a cartographer by designing a map of your own that celebrate your community or favorite space.

For All ages


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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All About Dolphins

by Dolphin Research Center

Join us lagoon side with a trainer and dolphin to learn about these amazing marine mammals

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Yoga Animals

by Born 2 Move Movement Adventures

We learn yoga poses imitating various animals, and “flow” between them by telling a story that helps us understand more about animals and the habitats they live in. (It is best for every learner to have their own yoga mat, shoes and socks off, and wear comfortable/stretchy clothing they can easily move in.)

For All Ages


Friday, October 23, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Creepy Creatures

by Lee Richardson Zoo

Not everyone is the same, what makes us unique makes us special! The same goes for wildlife. Join us as we explore some of the animals that get the reputation of being a creepy creature. This discussion will come to life in your classroom as your students meet Ambassador Animals and discover how these unique animals are here to help.

For K to 3


Monday, October 26, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead: A Complex and Colorful Celebration of Life

by Penn Museum

Learn about one of Mexico’s best know traditions - “The Day of the Dead.” See how the riches of the country’s geography connect to the deep meaning of this holiday’s traditional altars, while discovering the symbolism of each element. This workshop concludes with a craft activity, related to the festival, and a reading of poetry in Nahuatl, the language of the powerful Aztecs.

For All ages


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Halloween Virtual Visit to the Royal BC Museum

by Royal BC Museum

Take a scary-cool tour of the Royal BC Museum without leaving the classroom! During this interactive virtual visit, we'll guide you through our natural history gallery and collection to examine some amazing creatures that some people call scary. But are they? We’ll meet a Woolly Mammoth, creep quietly through a coastal rainforest, look out for cougars and bears, watch for wildlife on the beach, then head over to the collection tower to have a close up look at some of the spiders and bats in our collection.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Spooky Squid!

by Sea Turtle, Inc.

Join us as we dive into the spooky underwater world of the squid! Discover important squid adaptations for survival. This program includes a live squid dissection.

For All Ages


Friday, October 30, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Magnificent Monarchs

by Learn Around The World

Visit Mexico to see one of the Monarch Butterfly overwintering sites on this virtual field trip (VFT). During this VFT, you’ll learn about what the Monarchs will be doing this winter, you’ll be introduced to their migration patterns, and you'll learn about the cultural signifigance of the butterflies to the people in this part of Mexico. Grab your nets, lace up your boots, and let's go exploring!

For K to 3


Monday, November 2, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Painting Like the Ancients

by Penn Museum

Humans use colors to communicate messages to others: we use color on the clothes we wear, in the foods we eat, and in paints for our houses, furniture, and artworks. But where do these colors come from? Join Museum educators to explore how our ancestors unlocked the science of color. Then, create your own paint recipe using your ingredients found around your home!

For All ages


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Native American Voices

by Penn Museum

Join the crew for a digital journey around the continent of North America! See some of the oldest artifacts, made by first inhabitants of the Americas. Hear stories passed down from hundreds of generations of Native Americans about the nature of our world. You and your fellow voyagers will encounter artifacts from many different Native American tribes.

For All Ages


Friday, November 6, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Gadget Works

by COSI

Help Professor Gadgeteer identify simple machines inside wind-up toys. Hypothesize what’s inside the toys, then follow along as we take them apart to learn about how they work!

For K to 3


Monday, November 9, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Can You Match the Tech?

by Penn Museum

Do you know what types of ancient technology we still use today? Solve riddles by looking closely at Penn Museum artifacts. Uncover the tools and techniques used by ancient engineers and craftspeople to create these artifacts. This exploration into ancient innovation will help you discover similarities between world cultures, past and present.

For All ages


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Talk with An Aussie

by Fizzics Education

Australia, up and close! Your class is in charge whereby your students can guide the discussion; - Australia's convict history through to Federation and up until the present - Australia's Heads of State and relationship to England - Money i.e coins and notes - Geography; climates, regions and geological points of interest - Culture; food, slang - Indigenous history - Flora of Sydney plus bush tucker foods - Time zone differences - General discussion with question and answers The choice is up to you!

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Eureka!

by Michigan Science Center

Join us as we explore the unexpected and amazing tales of how history's most brilliant minds paved the way for future scientists and inventors! We'll perform exciting, live science demonstrations to highlight some famous (plus a few lesser known) STEM game changers.

For All Ages


Friday, November 13, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Slime Time

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Explore the three states of matter by making two types of slime. Get up and moving to determine what state your matter is in!

For K to 3


Monday, November 16, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Weaving with Recycled Materials

by Penn Museum

The process of weaving allows people to take thin pieces of thread, yarn, or plant material and turn it into strong cloth and baskets. It is a simple, yet sophisticated technology that developed independently in cultures all over the world. Join museum educators to learn more about weaving techniques from around the world and then try some paper weaving on your own.

For All ages


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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American History Through Baseball Cards

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

studies the history of baseball uniforms and how uniform changes often reflect key events in American history during the 20th and 21st centuries.

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Tusker Power

by University of Nebraska State Museum

Step Right Up! See fossilized wild elephants who once freely roamed America’s heartland. Explore these prehistoric pachyderm’s world and amazing lives recorded in their fossilized teeth. Come eye to eye with the world’s largest mounted fossil mammoth. Learn about the science of paleontology!

For All Ages


Friday, November 20, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Seeds on the Go

by Royal Botanical Gardens

We see seeds everywhere. They are the way the plants can move to new sprouting spots. Join Karin to discover how seeds from different plants disperse. Have some paper, scissors and a pencil handle so we can make a helicopter seed model together.

For K to 3


Monday, November 30, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Performance Masks: Storytelling in South Asia

by Penn Museum

In South Asia cultural performances with dancers wearing masks are very popular. Typically, these brightly colored masks are made from wood. The masks and the dance performances are part of important rituals. Learn more about meaning of masks in the countries of South Asia with University of Pennsylvania teaching artist, Krishnapriya, who will lead visitors through the making process using recycled materials.

For All ages


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Spy School 101

by International Spy Museum

Explore the shadow-world of espionage through the stories, artifacts, and tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover! Students will learn about the secret world of spying and engage in interactive activities that will answer the question: Could you be a spy?

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Art Station: Titan

by Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Take your students on a scientific adventure right in your own classroom. Virtual Science Academy offers award-winning, two-way interactive experiences that bring the best of the Museum directly to you. No lesson plan? No problem! Your students will put their minds, curiosities, and imaginations to work as they engage live with Museum educators.

For All Ages


Friday, December 4, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Snowflakes Action Science

by Author Valerie Marsh

Make your own snowflake for our story and then do Push/Pull/Gravity/Incline.

For K to 3


Monday, December 7, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Myths in Painting: Greek Vases

by Penn Museum

Investigate a series of painted vessels to uncover stories about mythical gods and creatures from ancient Greece. Through interactive conversation with a museum educator you will explore the poses, symbols, materials, and artistic techniques used by makers to learn more about how ancient Greeks interacted with the world. Think about how you would tell a story in a single image by using your newly trained eye to match Greek myth to correct pottery piece.

For All ages


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Recongnize that diversity of baseball makes the game stronger

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Preserving the Past

by Penn Museum

What roles do scientists play in preserving the past? Investigate the science behind deterioration and preservation by walking through the real conservation treatment of an ancient Egyptian funerary object in the Penn Museum collection. Discover the incredible work of our conservators by taking a close look at the process and tools to learn how the Museum cares and learns from our artifacts.

For All Ages


Friday, December 11, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Anything Can Be A Puppet

by Banyan Global Learning

Puppets speak an archetypal language of art and music. Anything can be a puppet and we will learn how to give our very own puppet their voice by learning how our puppet breathes, focuses, thinks and moves.

For K to 3


Monday, December 14, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Mosaic Making

by Penn Museum

A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces. People have been making mosaics for thousands of years. Join museum educators as we explore the history of this art form and then learn how to make our own ancient Roman-style mosaic at home!

For All ages


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

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Women's History: Dirt on Their Skirts

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Discuss of female baseball players have changed gender stereogype

For 4th Grade & Up


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

1 pm ET

45 minutes

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Be a Detective

by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Conduct an investigation and learn forensic science techniques you can do with items around your house.

For All Ages


Friday, December 18, 2020

1 pm ET

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 video below captures testimonials, reactions from some who have enjoyed the programming so far.