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Global distance learning opportunities

Global distance learning opportunities

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I’ve been asked a few times now about which global distance learning opportunities are out there. Sure, Fizzics Education has been running >30 distance learning programs for years, but that doesn’t help you if you are looking for experienced providers in other countries and not just science programs. So with this in mind, below are colleagues from around the world who for many years have run distance education programs at world standards. It is well worth your time reaching out to them!

By the way, I personally know many of the presenters at these sites through both the ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing Professional Learning Network as my through my 2013 Churchill Fellowship in best practice in science education via video conference. Many of these people are close friends as well as colleagues. They are also multi-award winners for distance education.

Across the ISTE IVCPLN there are people who have years of experience who can help you. You can also find out more about my own background here too.

In these times, we need to think globally as well as act locally.

The National World War II Museum

The team at the National World War II Museum do an amazing job at bringing to life the stories, the hidden histories and real connections to the period of world history. This is not a series of black and white photos… it’s interactive and highly engaging. Well worth checking out.

The Center for Puppetry Arts

I loved the muppets as a kid! Guess what? The Center for Puppetry Arts has the Jim Henson collection and also has talented puppeteers & distance educators who are highly experienced in running distance classes. Kids love these sessions and so will you.

International Spy Museum

Yes, this is a thing! The International Spy Museum is an awesome museum in the heart of Washington DC. If strange spy gadgets, the Cuban missile crisis, code breaking and more tickle your fancy, the team will grab your student’s attention.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Within the University Circle in Cleveland is a museum filled with a wide variety of artworks. The Cleveland Museum of Art also has a dedicated distance learning studio where you can learn about art conservation, history and much more!

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ever wanted to meet a real Pro Football star? Need to teach your students about resilience, teamwork and the elite athlete mindset? The Pro Football Hall of Fame has been offering programs like these for years!

Ohio History Connection

Another award-winning program! The Ohio History Connection offer live distance programs around many of the events that have shaped both the USA and the globe.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

There are so many programs offered by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History! As expected, you can find out about past fauna & flora but did you know you can learn about beekeeping or even sled dogs? Very cool.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote SeaTrek has some fantastic distance programs which they’ve run for over 20 years. With incredible technical proficiency and very capable presenters, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium brings the US Easy Coast marine ecosystems live to your screen.

Alaska Sealife Center

Heading to the west coast of North America and nearing the Arctic circle, the Alaska Sealife Center brings you live to their cold water aquariums from the middle of their centre. If you love seals, otters and more its well worth dropping by!

California Academy of Sciences

In San Francisco is a fantastic site that covers a wide range of sciences. Guess what? The California Academy of Sciences distance program is also broad and is available to you now! Listen to my interview with Jacqueline on the FizzicsEd podcast

Roper Mountain Science Center

The Roper Mountain Science Center is another site that runs distance learning programs. The variety is huge and they’re all award-winning programs. Both social science and sciences are covered here!

Aquarium of the Pacific

Yes, another marine distance program to check out! Based on Long Beach California, the Aquarium of the Pacific covers all manner of warm water sea life that’s on the US west coast. Worth your time!

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum

Children’s museums are a fantastic hub for families and the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum in Michigan is a perfect example of this! They’ve run all manner of distance learning programs for years and have a lot to offer. Listen my chat with Corrina on the FizzicsEd podcast.

A woman talking to a penguin

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Head on over to Alberta to discover the collections of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Distance educators for many years and with world-class dinosaur specimens to showcase, this is another site to keep in mind.


Challenger Learning Centre, Rochester NY

I love the work done by the Challenger Learning Centre! Not only do they have an immersive onsite program, but their distance learning programs also do a wonderful job in keeping students engaged in their world

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex

In New York is a World War II aircraft carrier that is also an interactive site called the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex. You can connect with them virtually as well!

COSI Columbus

Ever wanted to find out what happens during an autopsy? You can find out this and more with the Center for Science and Industry (COSI) distance learning team!

EarthEcho International

This is all about sustainability! EarthEcho International champions marine ecosystems and challenges students to think globally about environmental issues. They do distance learning too! Listen to my interview with Jaclyn on the Fizzics Ed podcast.

Banyan Global Learning

Global is the heart of what Banyan Global Learning is all about. They run connections to countries across the world!

Manhattan School of Music

Yep, you can learn from talented musicians via distance learning as well! The Manhattan School of Music is renowned for their distance learning programs. Another one to remember.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Another science centre with a bunch of distance learning offerings to consider! The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a Colarado centrepiece and has run distance learning programs for years too.

Longwood Gardens

There is a beautiful garden in Pennsylvania that also offer distance learning programs. If you don’t think you’ll ever make it to Longwood Gardens in person, their virtual programs will help you get there instead.

Online learning poster by Longwood Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Ontario

Providing distance learning programs for years, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Ontario connects botany with everyday life through a suite of distance programs.

Oiada International

Discover Africa! Oiada International runs brilliant distance programs around the culture & history of African communities. Well worth learning more here!

Penn Museum

Love your Archaeology? This is for history buffs who want to learn more! The Penn Museum offers a wide range of distance programs for you to get involved in.

Kids watching a video conference

Living Maths

Hailing out of Cape Town, South Africa, the team at Living Maths run awesome programs not just on mathematics but also with NASA astronauts and more!

There are so many distance learning opportunities available!

I could keep listing sites but eventually this article would just get too long (apologies for those I’ve missed!). There are hundreds of sites that have qualified distance educators that you engage with your students at home, you just need to know where to look. I’m privileged to be a board advisor to the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) as well as co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia. Both of these sites are in contact with the best people in distance education in the world, as voted by the thousands of teachers who have booked their programs for years.

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Happy teaching

Ben Newsome CF

Board Advisor to the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration
Past President of ISTE Interactive Video Conferencing Professional Learning Network
Co-Founder of Virtual Excursions of Australia
Co-Founder of the Pinnacle Education Collaborative
Fizzics Education.

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