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B'ville: Virtual field trip at Durgee

This year, the staff of Durgee Junior High School is placing a special emphasis on the importance of technology in the classroom to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Staff members have committed to seeking out ways to infuse technology into their lesson plans, particularly in the core areas of math, English, social studies, science and languages.

Teachers are exploring the use of video conferencing to provide students with field trips without ever leaving the school.

On Nov. 24, the school hosted its first virtual field trip. As ninth-grade global studies students sat in a classroom in Baldwinsville, Paul Johnson, an educator at the Milwaukee Public Museum, gave them a lesson on mummification as he sat at his desk in Milwaukee. Students viewed Johnson on a large screen in the classroom and he was able to see them as well on a monitor at the museum.

Johnson asked students questions and they answered him as if they were all in the same classroom. Using a dummy, Johnson gave students a step-by-step demonstration on how ancient Egyptians used the mummification process to preserve their dead.

Ninth-graders at Durgee Junior High School receive a lesson in mummification from an educator at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The lesson was possible through video conferencing.

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