I’ve been on the road during the last week. We take our entire junior class (130 kids) to the Florida Keys this time every year for some experiential learning about mangrove and coral reef ecosystems. If you are still doubtful as to the power of social media in education, check out the trip blog and/or the trip Twitter hashtag #pdskeys11 and/or our UStream channel.
Trip UStream Channel
We used all these social media tools to keep parents up to date on our adventures. Kids send back their version of the trip, and we send ours!
So, I’m back…I had a great trip with our junior class in the Florida Keys. We spent 3 days exploring mangrove and coral reef communities, catching critters and examining their adaptations to live in near shore saltwater environments. That’s my favorite part of my job, introducing kids to the beauty and mystery of the natural world. A moment like this is priceless-look at that smile:
Ain't that cool?
So, I tried a little experiment while we were there. I tried live streaming some of our adventures from my iPhone using the USTREAM app. It is amazing! You can create your own channel (here is mine), invite folks to tune in via Twitter, and share the adventure. And, the USTREAM site records and archives the video feeds. If you are interested in seeing brief clips of our group snorkeling on sponge flats off Big Pine Key, check out our trip blog here. What a cool way to invite parents or friends along to share an adventure!