Connect with the Museum via Skype!
Last week, the Education Department debuted its newest distance learning program: Skype Lesson Connections! The Museum is now a part of Skype in the classroom, a free community of teachers connecting with fellow educators, schools and institutions across the globe to create inspiring lessons.
In our inaugural session, I connected with a group of teachers from York County Schools in Virginia to discuss and analyze the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss during World War II. Working with teachers across all subjects and grade levels, they were charged with interpreting the message of select Dr. Seuss cartoons. We then explored some of the hidden World War II themes in some of Dr. Seuss’ most popular children’s books, including Horton Hears a Who!, Yertle the Turtle and The Sneetches.
In the Lesson Connection programs, teachers choose and present a cross-curricular Museum lesson plan and then connect for a free Skype follow-up session with a Museum educator. Using mobile technology, students view and explore different areas of the Museum that relate to the lesson plan they just completed in their classroom.
Post by Chrissy Gregg, Virtual Classroom Coordinator