Following some general video conferencing resources from Linda at AT&T and the Ca. High Speed Network, is a list of video conferencing resources with a focus on K12 science put together by James Field

Plus Linda Uhrenholt SBC Education Advocate
SBC Knowledge Network Explorer

Videoconferencing Cookbook Version 4.1

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

Southeastern Wisconsin Instructional Network Group Decent intro

Intructional Resources at the Ca. K12 HighSpeedNetwork

NEWSWEEK materials
for Colonial Williamsburg Etrips

Pennsylvania State Harrisburg video conferencing etiquette

Guide to video conferencing at New York Network Online

the Redwood Science Project and Sharon Janulaw at SCOE.
Redwood Science Project

On video-conferencing, I thought the SBC guide was probably the best resource. I've copied into this message some likely suspects for science related conferences. CILC in Indiana and NASA Glenn both looked particularly promising.

Videoconference Adventures

Case Western Reserve University Center for Science and Math in Cleveland, Ohio serves its university and K-12 constituencies as a clearinghouse for a wide variety of pre-college programs at Case, as a coordinating body for outstanding programs housed at the university, and as a catalyst for the development of new and innovative partnerships. Programs include Science Connections and the Jason Expedition.

Who: Kathryn Kwiatkowski
Etc: ISDN or IP

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere. It is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The education department is in the process of expanding their distance learning programs. They do have an "Astronomy Connection" videoconference program that involves "Intense training in web-based technology and the use of interactive videoconferencing equipment."

Where: http://
Who: Adrienne Tash or Jane Crozier
How: @ 312.322.0302 and @ 1-312-935-1990

Adventure Science Museum "where imagination and curiosity are encouraged" can be found in Nashville, Tennessee. Even if you can't physically come to the museum your students can visit virtually. Presentations as "Bone-A-Fied Facts" and "Magnets to Motors" will engage students in active learning experiences.

Who: Becky Mathews
How: 1-615-401-5073

Center for Educational Technologies™ Challenger Learning Center is found on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is part of the "growing network of centers nationwide that have been established in memory of the Challenger Shuttle crew." Via videoconferencing students can take part in many integrated science units, including one called "Storm-E," a weather simulation. Engage students in a videoconference with a historical re-enactor or other content expert.

Where: or
Who: Challenger Learning Center
How: 1-304-243-4325
Etc: ISDN or IP videoconference

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration based in Indiana is "dedicated to being a premier provider of videoconference services and program content." K-12 content, planning and best practices, professional development are all available via videoconferencing. CILC give access to "a wealth of experts such as artists, authors, city planners, scientists and more! Videoconference participants interact with individuals from diverse geographic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds." CILC is truly a leader!

Who: Call CILC Office: 1-866-826-CILC (2452)
How: Search programs at or call.
Etc: ISDN and IP (check content providers listed)

Coca-Cola Space Science Center is located at Columbus University in Columbus, Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River! The primary goal of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center is to "improve learning by making science, mathematics and technology accessible to all students." The videoconference programs are interactive and often require teamwork. Classrooms in Georgia are first in line for the videoconference programs.

Who: Larry Pallotta, Assistant Director/Coordinator of Visitor Services
How: 1-706-649-1486

E3 Electronic Field Trips at Muncie, Indiana's Ball State University E3 programs offer your students an amazing and unmatched way to explore the mysteries, experience the struggles, and expand their world as we bring the nation's treasures into your classroom to complement your curriculum with our standards-based activities, live, interactive videoconferences, and dynamic streaming video components. Check this years line-up!

Who: Patty Northcutt, Ball State University Teachers College
How: 1-765-285-4680
Etc: IP Connection

NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio, develops communications technologies for NASA's space missions. Videoconferences are available in the following NASA missions: Space Science, Earth Science, and Development of Space Transportation. Program descriptions and correlations to the National Standards can be found on the Research Center's website.

Who: Ruth A. Petersen
How: 1-216-433-9714
Etc: IP (H.323) and ISDN (H.320) videoconferences

Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium is located in the Sunshine state of Florida. "Virtual Field Trip Expeditions includes pre- and post-conference teaching materials that support National Science Education Standards."

Who: Technology Trainer Enrichment Center
How: (305) 646-4267, or email us at
Etc: 384K ISDN Capabilities (H.320) or 2 Megabit IP Capabilities (H.323).

National Science Center in Augusta, Georgia offers twenty different one hour K-12 programs in physical science, chemistry, and health education, plus one teacher staff development program on using their VTC programs and website teaching tools/resources. Most programs target specific National Science Standards.

Who: Richard Schuster, Ed.D. NSC Program Manager for Teacher Education
How: or (706) 821-0206

Ocean Institute located in Dana Point, California has been a long time favorite with students using videoconference technology. "It is a leader, serving as a resource to museums, school districts, teachers, and others who seek to enhance and strengthen their educational programs. The curriculum available through the Ocean Institute programs crosses all traditional disciplines, but draws heavily from history and the sciences using content derived from the ocean."

Who: Jon Witt, Videoconference Coordinator
How: 949-496-2274, extension 330 or
Etc: Conducts videoconferences over ISDN.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland offers "distance learning programs, all supported by teacher-developed curriculum, bring Smithsonian science into classrooms and homes across the country. By participating in videoconferences or Electronic Field Trips, you get to go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where conventional visitors seldom get to go."

Who: Dottie Klugel, Distance Learning Coordinator.
How: contact Dottie at 443-482-2470 or by e-mail at
Etc: SERC can connect with you using ISDN or T1 lines. Welines and we can work with you to meet the technological requirements of the broadcast.

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