I have always wanted to bring my students to the VHS, and this was a great way for them to share in what we are learning about Virginia history.
Fourth grade teacher, Loudoun County
HistoryConnects - An Interactive Education Experience
HistoryConnects programs are interactive, primary-source based historical explorations that highlight treasures of the Virginia Historical Society's collections while reinforcing both national and state standards of learning.
A recipient of the Pinnacle Award from CILC, HistoryConnects programs are easy to schedule and require minimal technology. All you need is a basic computer, Internet access, a web camera, and a microphone connected to your computer. Through the use of green screen technology, high definition cameras, and the amazing collection from the VHS, our distance learning programs offer learners a unique and dynamic experience they are sure to enjoy!
Each program features:
Primary source learning
Question-and-answer sessions with experts in the field
Instructions that can be targeted to different levels and standards while reinforcing learning in a unique and fun way
These hour-long programs will introduce your students to a different primary source each month. The source will be aligned to both the Virginia and national standards and will also be paired with replica artifacts to help illuminate the meaning.
In 2013, the VHS became one of the first major content providers to deliver its full catalog anywhere in the world using Skype; allowing schools and organizations without traditional videoconferencing equipment to experience live, interactive learning, using basic internet connectivity. The society has been selected as an international partner to join Skype in the Classroom (SITC), an initiative designed to bring a collaborative educational effort to students around the globe.
Do you still have questions about HistoryConnects? If so, our FAQ page will answer your questions about cost, technology, and scheduling.
Hailey House, Digital Learning and Digital Outreach Coordinator
Are you interested in learning more about our interactive video conferencing programs? I can help you schedule a program or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.342.9689.