The dHL connects you with existing networks of content providers (experts) around the world in an effort to provide your students with even more opportunities for experiential learning using video conferencing technology. Most of the networks listed here charge a fee for their services, whereas experts registered with the dHL do not (with only a few exceptions). I have indicated which networks offer free programs in the descriptions below.
Thousands of engineers and individuals passionate about computer science have signed up to volunteer as a mentor or a guest speaker. You can use the map of volunteers to contact local volunteers to visit your classroom, or search in any city to find computer science students or technical professionals who are ready to inspire your students remotely, via video chat.
Connect2Texas is a network of Texas-based educational content providers including museums, cultural, historical, and scientific organizations, and authors. These providers utilize interactive videoconferencing to deliver live educational programs and professional development to school children and educators across the country. Bring the scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom! Instructions to complete the Connect2Texas Registration form can be found here.
NOTE: Most of the providers in the Connect2Texas Network charge a fee for their programs, with the exception of the Texas Wildlife Association, and occasionally, the MacDonald Observatory.
Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) is a non-profit organization offering distance learning programs that connect students with leading researchers, daring adventurers and innovative conservationists from around the world. Visit EBTSOYP to view their schedule of events, and register to watch a virtual field trip, or secure an on camera spot so your students can interact directly with the guest speaker. If you can’t make a scheduled event, watch the recorded Hangout on EBTSOYP YouTube channel. Sign up to receive EBTSOYP monthly newsletters and never miss an exciting opportunity to connect your students with science and adventure!
NOTE: Programs are currently free.
FieldTripZoom provides a cost effective high definition video conferencing solution to enable schools and content providers such as museums, zoos and parks to connect with each other, offering unique educational experiences. Their hosted “cloud-based” service requires only a PC or Mac, but is also able to connect with traditional videoconferencing equipment, bridging old and new technologies while maintaining the highest level of video quality. FieldTripZoom is now hosting a collection of content providers that utilize the FTZ platform to deliver their programs.
NOTE: FTZ charges a fee for their service and their programs.
Learn Around The World provides Virtual Field Trips (VFT) and Virtual Guest Speakers from unique locations around the world. Their flagship VFT is called GEOshow, which is an interactive, geography-based virtual experience. Warning: this is not a passive experience, so lace up your boots, grab your passports, and get ready to explore! They also offer weekly guest speakers in our Meet A Local series. This is an “ask me anything (AMA)” style of show. Come and learn about their home countries! Visit their events page to register for an upcoming program.
NOTE: Programs are currently free.
Nepris connects teachers with industry professionals to bring real world relevance to curriculum topics, to help evaluate student projects and to engage and inspire students in STEAM! Teachers create a request based on a curriculum topic or activity that can benefit from an industry connection. Nepris automatically matches the skills of industry professional(s) with the teacher’s request and manages the process of connecting them to the right classroom.
NOTE: Registration is free and your first program is free. However, to continue using this service you must pay for a yearly subscription. Prices vary.
Skype in the classroom is a free platform for connecting educators and experts to learners everywhere. Skype hosts over thousands of teachers by providing them with a platform to share ideas, submit projects, connect and collaborate. Teachers can also search for guest speakers in a variety of subject areas who are interested in connecting with your students.
NOTE: The programs offered through Skype in the Classroom are free.
Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) is a set of educational programs that connect knowledge partners – college and university professors and professionals in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – with Canadian students in elementary and secondary schools for real-time, interactive learning opportunities.
NOTE: VROC programs are free for teachers in Canada and a limited number of International Schools. Please contact VROC to inquire about pricing if you live outside of Canada.
This post is also available in: French