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

  • Programs are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 PM EST. See the programming schedule below.

  • Register for your preferred session(s), connect 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

Crown to Country: The History of our Fight for Independence

by Liberty Hall Museum

Museum educators in period dress will guide students on a virtual journey through Liberty Hall. In this historic setting, students will see artifacts from the collection, learn how the events leading up to the American Revolution shaped the difficult decisions faced by colonists, and debate whether they should support the patriot cause, remain loyal to King George III, or stay out of the conflict with the Quakers.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, January 26, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mexican Art - Museum of Popular Art

by Learn Around The World

On this VFT we will be visiting the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City. We'll introduce you to both the modern and traditional art of Mexico. You will see examples of colonial and indigenous art from various regions of the country.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Movement and Motion

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the relationship of science and the game of professional football. Straight line movement, zig-zags, circular motion, back & forth, pushing & pulling - all movements that influence the sport. This 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 1-5.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Incredible Life of John B. Jones

by Fort Monroe Authority

Follow the amazing journey of John B. Jones, born into slavery, who as a young man sought his way to freedom and served the nation and the community. His inspirational story is discovered through original documents and photographs providing a glimpse into his life as a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Roman, a musician in the U.S.C.T. and as Old Point Comfort's longest serving lighthouse keeper.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, February 2, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Insects in Winter

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Except for a few that migrate, most of the insects we see in the spring, summer and fall are still around in the winter in some form. Where are they and how do they survive the cold? Share the results of your experiment to explore the answer. Can you find any insect evidence outside? Hint: look at the plants!

For Grades K - 6


Friday, February 3, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

History of African Music

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Music from around the globe, such as Jazz, Blues, Samba, Salsa, Rhumba, Hospel, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Calypso and R&B music all have a common ancestor — African music. African musical influence spans beyond borders and traditional African music. It's been shaping music around the world for centuries. It began with the dispersion of millions of Africans around the world during the slave trade. Learn more about the African connection with Modern Day music with Oiada International.

For


Monday, February 6, 2023

1:00 pm ET

Valentine Design

by Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Design your own valentine while exploring the history and art behind Valentine’s Day cards! View examples of vintage cards from our history collection and learn about the basic elements of art and principles of design, such as balance and contrast. This interactive program guides participants on how to apply what they have learned when developing their own creations.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Valentine Physics: Enjoy A Valentine Folktale. Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Incline and Gravity

by Author Valerie Marsh & Miss Liz the science Wiz

A little bit of sign language, literature and a whole lot of science! First, children enjoy a fun folktale about Valentines Day! Next up is physics! Students use their paper heart to explore push/pull, gravity and incline. We 'predict' your students will love this Hands-On interactive program!

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Mighty Melanin- the Science of Skin Color

by Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museum research dives into the very beginnings of the human species in Africa, around 200,000 years ago. Investigate the concept of VARIATION in other animals, and celebrate variation within our own species!

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, February 9, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Learning Simple African Drums and Dance

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Hip hop music, developed in the inner cities of the US, consists of rapping usually built around drumbeats Did you know that drums are a large part of Africans' daily experience? African hand drums are played to communicate, celebrate, mourn and inspire. Learn more about the African connection with the Drums and Dance with Oiada International.

For


Monday, February 13, 2023

1:00 pm ET

I 💙 Oceans

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Will you be our ocean valentine? Learn all about the life cycles of the sea, from baby sharks, to hatchling sea turtles and more. See how we raise seahorses from bitty babies to adults and help conserve the ocean for future generations.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Animal Adaptations - Subarctic Survival in Denali (FREE)

by Denali Education Center

This program introduces ecological, environmental and cultural aspects of Denali National Park & Preserve. Students will learn about Denali National Park & Preserve and how various animals have adapted to overcome challenges in this subarctic environment. Students will engage through course materials, interactive activities, videos and Q&A. Videos will be embedded in the presentation, however, links can be provided in case of a poor internet connection or difficulty streaming.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Live Virtual Visits to the Alaska Public Lands Information Center

by Alaska Public Lands Information Center

Park rangers lead a class on a virtual field trip through the Alaska Public Lands

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

African American Artists

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

The lives of African American artists lend insight into the context of their works. Learn about the diverse body of artwork created by African American artists and the historical, social, and cultural events, as well as the life experiences, that inspired their work.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

My journey Beneath the Waves

by Australian Environmental Education

My Journey Beneath the Waves takes you and your students on an exploration of the marine environment around Australia. The temperate waters around Sydney Australia are home to a variety of habitats including kelp beds and sponge gardens. Join me to hear some SCUBA diving stories and my favourite marine animals.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, March 1, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Read Around the Planet Kick off Event

by Banyan Global Learning

In celebration with Banyan Global Learning we will kick off CILC's 22nd Annual Read Around the Planet Digital Learning Event. Read Around the Planet celebrates the use of interactive virtual learning to promote literacy! This multifaceted Digital Learning Festival encourages collaborative connections among peers by matching school groups for live virtual visits where they work together on reading activities.

For K-12


Thursday, March 2, 2023

1:00pm ET

45 Minutes

The Three Sisters: American Indian Stories

by Booth Museum

Corn, beans and squash… oh, my! Come on a storytelling journey with us as we learn about The Three Sisters. Focus: Native American oral tradition, INTERACTIVE storyteling, science and agricultural practice, artwork/drawing activity.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, March 7, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Movement and Motion

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the relationship of science and the game of professional football. Straight line movement, zig-zags, circular motion, back & forth, pushing & pulling - all movements that influence the sport. This 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 1-5.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, March 8, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Women's History: Dirt on Their Skirts

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

If your students believe baseball is only for boys, they should think again. Rich with the history of women who broke barriers to play the National Pastime, this thematic unit covers 150 years of striving for equity and diversity on the diamond. Meet the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the World War II era, as well as the young ladies of the 19th century who played the game long before they even had the right to vote. What do skirts and strawberries, charm school and chaperones have to do with baseball? Each teaches an important lesson in the story of gals who gave their all so that boys and girls can play side-by-side today.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, March 9, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Fighting for Recognition: Women in Science

by Don Harrington Discovery Center

Who says girls can't be scientists? In this program, the DHDC will be highlighting some of the greatest female scientists of all time and exploring what made their work so important. These women's contributions, through their respective fields, still inspire women and girls to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world today. We hope you'll come prepared to get your hands dirty as we try out some at-home experiments inspired by these amazing women!

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Live from LA: Water in Our Cities - Planning, Recreation, Pollution

by Banyan Global Learning

How do cities choose to use their water resources? In this trip, we visit three locations in Los Angeles to explore planning, recreation and pollution in our waterways. Watch Teacher Travis perform water tests and discuss important issues in all cities big or small. Make a splash with us at the LA River, Deb's Park Pond, and the famous Abalone Cove!

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Women of Southeast Arizona

by Southeast Arizona National Parks

Think women could not have greatly influenced the establishment of National Park sites in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Think again! Learn about Grace Sparkes, a mover and shaker who lived in what is now Coronado National Memorial and worked endlessly to promote early tourism in Arizona, as well as the women of Faraway Ranch, a site full of the history of Chiricahua National Monument that can still be seen today.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, March 16, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Women in African History

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Though technically celebrated only in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, we believe it’s important to raise awareness of how women in other countries have contributed to society in ways that can – and should – be celebrated internationally. Before this month ends, we want to stop and consider some of Africa’s most prominent women who have challenged the status quo and changed history because of it.

For


Monday, March 20, 2023

1:00 pm ET

Women Who Rescued: Hear Their Stories! Then Cut, Draw and Use Sign Language to Write

by Author Valerie Marsh

Celebrate Women's History Month by learning how Elizabeth Blackwell, Ida Lewis, Mother Teresa, Tantoo Cardinal, and others rescued. Interactive writing fun!

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Does it Grow in the Ocean

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Spring into learning with Mote Aquarium. Learn about seaweed, seagrass, mangroves and more as we find out what grows in the ocean and how the science of aquaponics can help feed people too.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Spies & Disguise: American Women in the American Revolution

by U.S. Army Women's Museum

From the beginning of our country, women fought right alongside their male counterparts, helping to create the United States of America. Follow the journey of American women in a variety of different roles from early camp followers, to spies for the Army, to even dressing up and impersonating as a man to help fight in our original war for independence. Live from our studio, the U.S. Army Women’s Museum will lead your students through our early beginnings as a nation by examining photographs and artifacts to discover women’s contributions throughout our history!

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, March 23, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Women in African History

by

Though technically celebrated only in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, we believe it’s important to raise awareness of how women in other countries have contributed to society in ways that can – and should – be celebrated internationally. Before this month ends, we want to stop and consider some of Africa’s most prominent women who have challenged the status quo and changed history because of it.

For


Monday, March 27, 2023

1:00 pm ET

Art Abounds: Portaits and People

by Liberty Hall Museum

The historic portraits of the residents of Liberty Hall hold many secrets! We’ll discuss the elements and principles of art, how each portrait tells us something about its subject, and how colors, lines, and shapes give us clues to learn just who these people were, behind their painted smiles.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Stewards of the Sea

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Stewards of the Sea is a program that explores how essential a clean watershed is to the functioning of our planet. Participants discover sources of pollution and their effects on the environment. Students hear stories of our marine mammal patients who have been entangled in trash and rehabilitated. Children learn how our day to day actions and choices make a difference.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Be a Document Detective!

by National Archives

During this program, students will learn about an archive and be introduced to the National Archives. Students will analyze a photograph and explore how document analysis tells a story about the primary source and history.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, March 30, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Easter Egg Art

by Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Why do people decorate eggs to celebrate Easter? Learn about the ancient history of this tradition and examine examples of intricate egg designs from around the globe.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, April 4, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Growing Seeds

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Discover what environmental conditions seeds need in order to germinate. Why do some seeds need to be planted while others do better on top of the soil? Get some help with your school vegetable or pollinator garden?

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Wolf Research

by International Wolf Center

Discover how wolf researchers have learned to track the pack! Join the International Wolf Center staff as we look at the history and methods behind tracking wolves. We will explore the reasons why wolves are tracked, what radio telemetry is and what information is gathered once they are found. During this interactive program, students will discuss what they think researchers learn from wolves.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, April 6, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Civil Rights History: Before You Could Say Jackie Robinson

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

"There should be some broader cause - such as lack of ability, behavior or intelligence - for barring a player, rather than his color." - Welday W. Walker, 1888 In baseball — as in America — freedom is an ongoing quest. For almost 65 years, African-American players were prevented from playing Major League Baseball simply because of their skin color. In this unit, students will explore American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. They will work both independently and collaboratively to learn how race relations in baseball reflected significant social and cultural developments in the United States.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Movement and Motion

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the relationship of science and the game of professional football. Straight line movement, zig-zags, circular motion, back & forth, pushing & pulling - all movements that influence the sport. This 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 1-5.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Spy School 101

by International Spy Museum

Can your students use their observation skills to spot threats and opportunities, work as a team to reveal secrets and think like a gadget-maker to solve problems? In this skill-based program, interactive challenges with real-world stories will be woven together as students explore the shadow-world of espionage and answer the age-old question…Do you have what it takes to be a spy?

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, April 13, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Earth Day-Ghana

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Global environmental education helps foster better relationships between people and, society and nature to achieve environmental sustainability.

For


Monday, April 17, 2023

1:00 pm ET

Coral Reefs and Conservation

by Aquarium of the Pacific

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse habitats in the world, with an incredible array of animals living in these underwater cities. However, coral reefs are also some of the most threatened habitats leading innovative conservation efforts to protect this important ecosystem. Join an Aquarium Educator to explore the biodiversity of coral reefs and think critically about current threats, as well as, possible solutions, while learning about conservation efforts happening around the world.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Does it Go in the Ocean

by Mote Marine Laboratory

Living the dream means going green—make that blue-green! From reducing microplastics to composting, learn about eco-friendly actions that span from Earth Day to World Oceans Day with Mote Aquarium.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Solo Sustainable Sounds

by Bash the Trash

Celebrate Earth Day by building musical instruments from trash, learn about the science of sound, and discover how you can join the fight against plastic pollution and climate change. Collect a few tin cans, take-out containers, rubber bands and a pencil to build a few simple instruments, and then join our Bash the Trash virtual ensemble to perform the "Thing Jam"!

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, April 20, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Earth Day-Ghana

by

Global environmental education helps foster better relationships between people and, society and nature to achieve environmental sustainability.

For


Monday, April 24, 2023

1:00 pm ET

Reptiles in Art: A HISStory of Inspiration

by Booth Museum

Science and art combine! Students will explore reptile-themed art and artifacts while interacting with LIVE REPTILES courtesy of Georgia Reptile Society. Students will discover the roles these animals play in their environments and in different cultures and why protecting these animals and habitats are important. Students finish the program by creating their own reptile themed artwork!

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

1:00 pm ET

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 Grades K - 6


Wednesday, April 26, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Farmer, General, President: The Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant National HIstoric Site

It's Grant's 201st birthday today! We all know Grant as the Union General in the Civil War and later President of the United States. But, who was he as a man and why is his legacy important today? Take a virtual tour with a Park Ranger at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and discover why Grant is one of the most important Americans of the 19th century.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, April 27, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Vietnamese Canadian Refugee families through the art of Chrystal Phan

by Royal BC Museum

Between 1979 and 1982 more than 60,000 refugees from Vietnam resettled in Canada. Artist Chrystal Phan’s family arrived on Canada’s west coast in the fall of 1980. Join Chrystal and educator Liz Crocker for a virtual walk through Chrystal’s art. We’ll look at oil paintings that represent her family and their experiences as immigrants to Canada from Vietnam. Bring paper and pencil for a reflection activity about the concepts of immigration and national identity.

For Grades 4 - 6


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Movement and Motion

by Pro Football Hall of Fame

This program examines the relationship of science and the game of professional football. Straight line movement, zig-zags, circular motion, back & forth, pushing & pulling - all movements that influence the sport. This 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 1-5.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, May 3, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Spirit of ‘76: John Marshall, the Revolution, and the New Nation

by Preservation Virginia

This 40 minute virtual program will explore the origins and rhetoric of the American Revolution, why a young John Marshall eagerly enlisted to serve, and stories and impacts from his time fighting for independence. This educator-led program will also discuss political planning in the new nation. Exercising skills in historical inquiry, primary source analysis, spatial understanding and reasoning, and critical thinking, students will consider why, how, and for whom America’s founding generation debated the future of the country.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, May 4, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Art in the Video Game industry

by Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Compnay

In this talk, Team KAIZEN (Montana's 1st PlayStation and Xbox certified video game studio) talks about the different kinds of artists who have to work together to create compelling video games.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Flickering, Flashing, Fireflies!

by Explore Natural History - UNSM

Fireflies, summer’s fascinating nightlight! Let’s learn about this insect’s life, structure, and communication skills. We’ll craft a glow-worm and use our microscope for extreme close-ups of these small wonders.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, May 10, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

THOMAS EDISON: Man vs. Myth

by Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One

Edison will discuss and demonstrate his greatest invention, his attitude that led to 1093 patents, and whatever the teacher thinks is important.

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, May 11, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Chinese Folktales

by Author Marty Chan

Marty Chan brings Chinese folktales to life using tech magic and humour.

For Grades K - 6


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Bones & Tone: A Moving Experience

by McMillen Health

Discover fun facts about the skeletal and muscular systems and use these systems in various activities during the class.

For Grades K - 6


Wednesday, May 17, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Creatures with Wings and Crawly Things

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Bee, spider, grasshopper, caterpillar. One of these is not an insect. Do you know what characteristics of insects are? We'll discover what these characteristics are and reinforce that with an action song. You get to choose what habitats we explore - leaf litter, aquatic and grass fields to discover a variety of insects (and non-insects) and their adaptations. What's their connection to plants? Now in ENGLISH or FRENCH . Please note language preference in Comments section, if other than English.

For


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

American Indians: Cultures and Contributions

by Booth Museum

Learn about the cultures of indigenous people from the NW Coast to the Eastern Woodlands through art, artifacts and a hands-on art making activity!

For Grades K - 6


Thursday, May 25, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

America's Signs & Symbols

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artists use familiar icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas about American culture and encourage examination of our society.

For


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Otters and Their Waters

by Mote Marine Laboratory

We are otterly ecstatic for World Otter Day. Celebrate these sleek and wonderful watershed creatures with a storybook about thier underwater lives. Then virtually meet Huck, Pippi and Jane, our North American river otters.

For


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

How Things Work: The Three Branches of Government

by Preservation Virginia

The U.S. Constitution devised a three-branch system of government for the new nation in 1789, but how does this radical democratic system work, and what does it entail? What was Chief Justice John Marshall’s role in elevating the Supreme Court to co-equal status alongside the other two branches?

For


Thursday, June 1, 2023

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Back to School-Ghana

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Ghanaian students share a typical school and compare how it may differ from the US.

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Monday, October 16, 2023

1:00 pm ET

NDLW-Ghana

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President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) will discuss the importance of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) on a global scale.

For


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

1:00 pm ET

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.