Laura Tomokiyo, Carnegie Mellon University.
Eileen Coughlin, Falk Laboratory School.
Jacque Goodburn, Burgettstown Area School District.
Using the GigaPan imaging and discussion platforms, two Pittsburgh-area schools have shared each others environmental learning experiences, virtually exploring a mine drainage remediation facility and sharing water analysis experiences. In addition to enhancing the existing environmental science curriculum with new spaces, the project saw students grow in initiative taking, collaboration, reflection, and communications skills. Educators found that the experience added to their repretoire of classroom approaches and that student enthusiasm and facility with the technology fostered a collaborative relationship between student and teacher. Key cross-curricular connections were made as students from both schools reflected on an issue close to home: drilling of Marcellus Shale.