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NEW! MUSEUM-SCHOOL CONNECTIONS – Visit the National Museum of African Art without leaving your classroom!
CatlinMagnetOmahaJan2013aExperience an innovative way to visit the museum without leaving your classroom! Using videoconferencing technology, elementary through high school students can enjoy an interactive program designed to cover core curriculum requirements.

To learn more and schedule a tour, visit the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and click on Content Provider Programs. The National Museum of African Art is listed in the drop down menu. To schedule a videoconference, you must join CILC. Tour descriptions and pre- and post-lessons are available on the CILC website. For more information about the program, email Vanessa Jones.
Tips for a Successful Videoconference

  • Check with your school technology coordinator to ensure your school has compatible videoconferencing equipment.
  • At least four weeks before your preferred date, fill out the schedule form on-line with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. All request forms will be routed directly to Vanessa Jones, and she will contact you to confirm the time/date and set up a test call. You will be able to discuss customizing the content of the program to your classroom needs.
  • Exchange IP addresses and phone numbers for test call and day of program.
  • Complete a successful test call at the agreed time.
  • At least two weeks prior to your program date, identify a space where all your students will be able to sit comfortably within your camera’s view, see a projected PowerPoint, and hear the video-conference presenter.
  • Review pre-visit materials sent to you with your students.
  • Encourage students to write down questions for the presenter elicited by the pre-visit activities and/or classroom content. Student interaction always welcome!

Teacher Testimonial:

It always helps the students learn when they have a different voice teaching them. The interactivity of this program (African Cosmos: Stellar Arts) kept them totally attentive … The program corresponded perfectly with what our 6th grade is studying. I was so happy to find this program and the fact that it was free made it possible to happen. Thank you so much for such a wonderful, valuable program!

Pennwood Middle School, Pennsylvania

NMAfA announced as one of the CILC Pinnacle Awards Recipients

Pinnacle awardContent and Professional Development Providers across the United States and beyond earned a coveted Pinnacle Award for the 2014-2015 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). CILC is recognized nationally and internationally as the leader in content aggregation, consulting, and support services that assist organizations with the utilization of videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies.

The Pinnacle Award is given annually, by the Center CILC, to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and end users. Receiving the award indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.

“The Pinnacle Award is highly regarded by providers as it is an objective measure of their ability to meet the needs of students of all ages. CILC is gratified to see the growing ranks of Pinnacle awardees year after year,” said Jan Zanetis, CILC Managing Director.

“Content providers always welcome feedback on their programs. The CILC Pinnacle Award is a way for educators to let providers know that they’re doing a great job!” Darin Trobaugh, Alaska Sealife Center Education Specialist

The Pinnacle Award was first awarded in 2008 and has become a CILC tradition.