Digital Human Library continues to be a key resource for connections-based learning. Hundreds of experts in nearly any subject area are available to be signed out by teachers and classrooms to share their expertise with students. The site also offers a catalogue that includes a thousand annotated educational multi-media virtual tours and virtual reality, and they share work on public library partnerships. The Digital Human Library Foundation is a not-for-profit organization for social innovation projects and research into the power of video conferencing and classroom connections. Leigh Cassell, the dHL's Founder and Owner, continues to innovate in the area of the power of connection, continually developing a solid platform to access experts.
Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) is an educational program that connects K-12 classrooms with Canadian subject matter experts through videoconference calls. They have over 350 experts listed on their online directory to support #ExpertLearning in your classroom. These professionals and researchers not only share their work and experience but can become role models for your students even providing mentorship opportunities.
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants provides live remote experiences in Science, Adventure, and Conservation. Imagine an encounter where students are able to experience river rafting in the comfort of their own home. Or join a Spotted Eagle Ray feeding at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Or collect Scientific Samples in the Arctic. Each experience is stored as a Youtube video in the Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants Youtube channel. Give your students the opportunity to interact with experts with this far reaching platform.
Skype a Scientist is a donor-supported connection platform under the direction of Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D., Squid Biologist. The original idea behind Skype a Scientist was to combat the mistrust of scientists and the rise of anti-intellectualism, but the idea has blossomed into a complete platform for #ExpertLearning. The team matches classes around the world with one of the thousands of scientists ready to connect. The platform can help Science students access real scientists without having to leave their labs.