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Connect2Texas is a network of Texas-based educational content providers including museums, cultural, historical, and scientific organizations, and authors.  These providers utilize interactive videoconferencing to connect to schools and deliver live educational programs and professional development to school children and educators around Texas and across the country.  Bring the scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom!

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the contributing members of Connect2Texas and do not necessarily represent the views of the Education Service Center Region 11. While some content is deemed appropriate for various curriculum standards used by viewers nationwide, most content providers make an effort to tie their content to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

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To find out how you can be a content provider and get your programs posted on this site, contact Laurie Hogle at (817)740-3625.


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These Connect2Texas providers have scholarships available to pay for their distance learning programs. Select provider below to find their scholarship application.

 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Fort Worth Zoo


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George Bush Presidential Library & Museum


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Best Zoos & Aquariums
Fort Worth Zoo

Best Gardens, Nature Preserves & Parks
Texas Wildlife Association

Best Art Museums & Organizations
Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Best Authors & Experts
Author John Erickson

Best American History Museums & Organizations
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

Best U.S. Government Museums & Organizations
George Bush Presidential Library & Museum (#41)

Best Multidisciplinary Museums & Organizations
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Berrien RESA 2013 recommended award
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
McDonald Observatory
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Texas State Aquarium
The National Archives at Fort Worth (NARA)
The Old Jail Art Center


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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Author John R. Erickson (Hank the Cowdog)
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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The Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers interactive distance learning sessions to schools throughout the United States. The lessons are exciting and engaging real-time interactions between schools and the museum's educators using inquiry-based teaching methods focusing on the museum's strong collection of American art. Each lesson corresponds with Texas and national standards. Students are asked to observe, analyze, and verbally express their ideas about images presented. In addition to a main camera, a special "document camera" allows for close inspection of individual objects. Used in the classroom, program content enhances the curriculum and provides an introduction to the museum experience. Pre- and post-broadcast classroom activities accompany each program.

The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Bring the museum into your classroom with the Bullock Texas State History Museum's exciting new distance learning program. Your class will explore history in exciting new ways through a variety of real time interactive programs led by our education staff. Each program is designed with pre and post "visit" activities for students, a variety of teacher resources, and clear connections to the social studies TEKS.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra offers interactive performances by various ensembles featuring different instruments in the orchestra.  Teachers can choose from brass, string, woodwind, or percussion ensembles.  Each ensemble is comprised of world-famous musicians who introduce their instruments to the class, perform an engaging variety of repertoire, and interact directly with students. Programs correspond with Texas and national Fine Arts standards, and are tailored precisely to fit the needs and interests of each age group.  During the presentation, students are asked to engage in focused listening, and verbally express their thoughts about the music they hear.  Prior to the presentation, each school will receive a link to a PDF file of Music Fun Facts (in both English & Spanish).  Music Fun Facts is an engaging resource book about the orchestra that prepares them to meet the musicians and their instruments, and provides instruction on how to build one’s own instruments at home.

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Educake, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Central Texas. Its mission is to produce, provide and transmit high quality cross-curriculum media in the arts, humanities and history to interested individuals, groups, and classrooms. It currently works with KPLE-TV to produce and broadcast interactive and educational programming. Educake will provide programs in partnership with various organizations and business to provide a variety of programs.

Let the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History come to you! Now you and your students can connect and interact LIVE with the Museum’s team of experts without leaving your campus! Utilizing interactive distance learning in the classroom, your students can explore science and history with Museum curators, staff and special guests. These 50-minute sessions correlate with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and are in partnership with the ESC Region XI Telecommunications Network.

"To enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation and protection of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas." Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge mission statement is the guiding principle that drives all facets of this 3,600 acre nature center and wildlife refuge. From our educational and recreational program offerings, to the location and routes of trails, to our choice of habitat restoration methods, we strive to introduce everyone to the natural history of the region.

Let your student’s imagination run wild with the Fort Worth Zoo! Did you know an African Lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles? Partnering with Connect2Texas, our animals can be heard and seen much further away! The Zoo’s mission is based on three principles: Conservation, Education, and Entertainment. We use a combination of live animals and animal biofacts to help your students hone their observation skills and inquiry methods as well as understand important biological concepts. Student will discover some of the world’s most amazing creatures from Africa to Texas, with lessons adapted to the TEKS and National Standards. We offer programs on a variety of topics, and if requested, can tailor a new program to meet your classroom’s needs.

Reservations: Please schedule distance learning classes at least two weeks in advance. Classes are limited to 30 students, without additional fees, and one to two school connections per session so that students have the instructor’s full attention.

The Winnick Family Foundation Education Program of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum strives to inform and enrich learning. The Museum offers many different opportunities to learn in a fun and exciting way by catering to students of all ages.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum was recently named a finalist for an excellence in distance learning award from the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). The nomination said, "The Bush Library is unique among Presidential Libraries for providing K-12 distance learning programs that specifically foster the love of reading, civic literacy and understanding cultural diversity.

The Grace Museum is pleased to offer four (4) Distance Learning virtual field trips to schools across the nation and throughout the world!

Distance Learning at The Grace Museum involves launching a real-time, interactive experience for teachers and students of all ages. Teachers who register for the tour will be able to download a resource packet full of pre- and post- activities for their class. The programs are TEKS and TAKS aligned, and are based on national teaching standards as well.

Through the power of distance learning, allow the Houston Zoo to carry your students from the pristine prairies of the Gulf Coast of Texas to the flowing grasslands of Africa. We invite your class to connect with us as we use animal artifacts and live animals to teach interactive, standard-based lessons that allow you to travel around the globe without ever leaving your classroom.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), offers a number of exciting professional development programs for educators. Beginning in 2011, Humanities Texas will offer professional development sessions via Connect2Texas offering teachers the opportunity to explore topics at the heart of the state's social studies and language arts curricula with leading scholars.

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Let the ITC come to you! LIVE, two-way, interactive videoconference lessons bring the Institute of Texan Cultures into your classroom! Your students will engage with museum experts on a variety of subjects guaranteed to enrich your curriculum. Each Electronic Learning Expeditions (ELE) includes TEKS-based activities and a full educators's guide with pre- and post-ELE lessons. A popular program is November's El Dia de los Muertos, Honoring the Dead, where students explore the pre-history Hispanic tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed.


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John R. Erickson is best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios. Hank started out as a self-publishing venture in Perryton, TX, grew to a national audience, and has now sold over seven million books and audio recordings. Mr. Erickson recorded the first book on audio doing all of the voices himself, and songs have always been a big part of the Hank stories, too. Mr. Erickson has used his voice and musical talents to bring his characters and books to life for audiences for the last twenty-five years. John Erickson’s live program is made up of readings from the Hank the Cowdog books and performing songs from the stories.

"Live...From McDonald Observatory!" is an interactive science learning experience that takes you and your students on a virtual field trip to the
University of Texas McDonald Observatory, in the remote Davis Mountains of West Texas.

The TEKS- and TAKS-aligned content of the video conference program includes a
virtual tour of McDonald Observatory and a lesson on the sun, including (weather permitting) live views of the sun with special telescopes and unique science demonstrations. Videoconferences are available for grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12 (recommended for IPC, Physics, or Astronomy classes).

Videoconferences are 50-minute, two-way connections between one class (or student club) of up to 35 students and McDonald Observatory. Additional view-only connections are available for an additional fee. Participating teachers receive an online pre-conference package, an introductory DVD, timeline, TEKS/TAKS linkages, suggestions for student behavior, suggestions for pre- and post-conference activities, and conference study guides. Teachers will be asked to complete an evaluation form following the videoconference.

The University of Texas McDonald Observatory is a world-class astronomical research facility established in 1932, and is the destination for thousands of astronomers, educators, students, families, and science enthusiasts.

The National Archives at Fort Worth is a center for historical and genealogical research, we have both an Archival and Microfilm Research Room for researchers. Our historical records date from the 1800s to the late 1900s, and include letters, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, and other documents received from over 100 Federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts. Since it was established in 1975, the Museum has become an invaluable educational resource nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.

Engage the visiual and critical thinking skills of your students while exploring current social and cultural topics through the lens of the Old Jail Art Center art collection.

Students will enjoy a book or short video, view and discuss artifacts from the museum collection and create a work of art with a certified instructor. Programs are TEKS-aligned and designed to enrich existing classroom curriculum. All connections are restricted to two campuses to ensure instructor attention for each individual student. The museum provides most supplies for art projects- materials will be shipped in advance of the program. Post-program materials are provided to encourage further classroom investigation following the video conference.

Where can you explore more than 500 million years of history across 26,000 square miles under one roof? Since opening as a one-room gallery called Pioneer Hall in 1933, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum has become the largest history museum in Texas. PPHM is committed to bringing new and engaging exhibits to students and teachers and demonstrating our relevance to every generation every day. PPHM's collections encompass a range of diverse subjects including art, history, archeology, paleontology, ethnology, geology, petroleum, textiles, weapons, transportation and sports.

The Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health (PEER) program at Texas A&M University would like to bring scientists, veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians into your classroom to help you teach!  The Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) offers teacher professional development, presentations from people in science-related careers, and curriculum development including a teacher requested resource service. Presenters will bring the most current science topics to your classroom to motivate your students to learn and inform them about career opportunities in science.  From basic sciences like geology and biology, to veterinary procedures, virtual tours, and cutting edge state-of-the-art research, we offer a variety of programs to get students fired-up about science. We want to help teachers answer those age-old questions: “Why do we have to learn this?” and “Who actually uses this stuff?” Let our presenters show your students the world of science.

“Inspiring minds through nature and science” – it’s the Perot Museum of Nature and Science mission statement and our commitment to children and educators. Now that inspiration can come directly to you and your students!  MNS offers hands-on, interactive science programming on topics from dinosaurs to DNA and oceans to outer space that inspire creative thinking and promote problem-solving skills. All of the programs we offer connect with Texas state standards (TEKS) and provide exciting lessons to get students interested in science. Our virtual programs will bring the museum’s vast resources – including our collections and guest speakers - into any classroom. Connect and interact live with Museum educators, scientists, expert staff members and special guests. Now your kids get the straight answers to questions like what happened to the dinosaurs? Why are there only eight planets in the solar system when there used to be nine?  Or why doesn’t water catch on fire?

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza interprets the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.  Now, through interactive, inquiry-based distance learning programs, you and your students can experience history through careful examination of the photographs, films and artifacts in the Museum's collection of 35,000 items.  These programs also connect students with "living history" speakers: eyewitnesses, law enforcement officials, journalists, physicians and others with direct memories of the Kennedy assassination.  A selection of engaging programs provide opportunities for students to meet the Museum's curatorial, collections and education staff, prompting thoughtful discussions on U.S. history, world history, the Civil Rights Movement, oral history and the role of the historian!  All programs are TEKS and TAKS aligned, and meet national history standards.

Space Center Houston now offers state of the art distance learning for you and your students! Space Center Houston has taken electronic learning to a new level with hands-on, active sessions from multiple locations on the museum floor. Learn about spacesuits in front of actual suits that have orbited the Earth and even gone to the Moon. Experience rocketry amongst the real thing - actual flown Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules. Space Center Houston offers several, interactive options for each grade level. Excite the minds of your students - experience intelligent fun and use SPACE to help you reach your curriculum goals!
Each of the distance learning modules is aligned with the national standards and designed to be easily implemented into your classroom

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The Texas State Aquarium will connect people with nature and inspire conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Take a trip to the ocean and never leave your classroom! Explore underwater worlds and learn about amazing marine life! Programs are offered according to grade level and feature interactive opportunities.

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA)
“Working For Tomorrow’s Wildlife Today!”

Join us as we offer students the chance to learn more about native Texas wildlife while enhancing general science concepts through interactive discussions and activities! Programs focus on unique animal traits and adaptations, predator-prey relationships, and general wildlife ecology. Post-program companion activities, publications and Discovery Trunks are available.

The Texas Wildlife Association is a state-wide, non-profit, membership-driven organization that offers a variety of educational programs geared toward making Texas more tangible for students. TWA is absolutely dedicated to educating Texas youth about the conservation, management and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitats on private land to ensure the conservation of our cherished natural resources and outdoor heritage for future generations. Visit our website www.texas-wildlife.org to learn about our additional educational programs.

Education Service Center Region 11 is located in Fort Worth, Texas…sometimes referred to as "Where the West Begins." The Education Service Center Region 11(ESC Region 11) produces and delivers videoconferencing programs using their innovative two-way interactive satellite based systems. Programs are delivered from remote areas including dinosaur excavation sites, nature centers, and wildlife refuges. Join us in our adventures … where the west begins and the learning never ends!