TANDBERG Offers Free Virtual Field Trips to K-12 Schools; Videoconferencing Transports Students to Prestigious Cultural Institutions Beyond Their Reach
TANDBERG, a global leader in videoconferencing, introduces the Connections Program, offering TANDBERG education customers virtual field trips to institutions such as theatres, museums and zoos. The program presents free interactive, educational sessions to K-12 classrooms throughout the country. In combination with TANDBERG’s leading distance education product line, the connections program supplies students with educational experiences and international resources that otherwise would be unobtainable.
With approximately 100 research facilities and cultural centers participating, the program allows classrooms limitless possibilities – such as connecting with museums, talking with scientists on subjects the students are studying or collaborating on projects with international schools.
Lance Ford, technology director for Howe public schools in Howe, Okla., believes the program is instrumental in exposing students to people, places and experiences without the traditional restrictions of time limitations, cost or geographical barriers.
“Howe schools are located in a small, rural and isolated community in Southeast Oklahoma. TANDBERG’s distance education products and the Connections Program have allowed our students to go beyond the walls of the community and see the rest of the world,” said Ford. “The students are excited to participate in the entire process and the teachers are delighted with the quality of the programs.”
“We are thrilled to see students learning and benefiting from the Connections Program,” said Richard Grace, executive vice president at TANDBERG. “With videoconferencing, educators can leverage the sessions with their existing curriculum to provide an interactive and hands-on approach to the subject matter that otherwise would not have been possible. TANDBERG will continue working with its customers to provide innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of the education market.”
The Connections Program offers students a range of stimulating interactive sessions such as:
- “The Amazing Amazon” – Indianapolis Zoo – Students explore the plant and animal life that can be found in each of the different layers of the Amazon at the Indianapolis Zoo’s exhibit, including animals such as emerald tree boas, a blue and yellow macaw and an anaconda.
- “Shakespeare” – Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts – Through theatre games and exercises, D’ARTS teachers lead students through some of the key themes in Shakespeare’s works. Students then participate in staging short scenes from the most popular plays.
- “Gadget Works” – COSI Columbus – Students explore simple machines by observing the motion of wind-up toys, taking toys apart and putting them back together again.
- Liberty Science Center – From Environment, Health and Invention Exhibit floors, students can experience exotic insects and reptiles, a video light microscope, real human lungs, an 80-foot torsional wave and fish tank depicting the Hudson River estuary environments.
TANDBERG is a leading global provider of videoconferencing solutions. The company designs, develops and manufactures videoconferencing systems and offers sales, support and value-added services in more than 50 countries worldwide. TANDBERG has its headquarters in Oslo, Norway and major offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China and Japan. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA. For more information, please visit www.tandberg.net.