The Durham Museum’s award winning distance learning program offers unique opportunities for students of all ages throughout the country. The classes below are highly engaging and interactive programs that teachers can take advantage of without leaving their classrooms. Taught by educators, these classes are aligned with national and state social studies standards and are filled with primary sources such as artifacts, videos, and photographs. Each session lasts one hour and includes pre-visit and post-visit activities to enhance your experience. The Durham Museum also has multi-site capabilities and can add your school to an already scheduled session.
All Aboard (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Trains are fascinating! Book your ticket for Union Station and head to the tracks for a virtual tour of the museum’s train cars, caboose, and steam engine. Learn about the kinds of cars on a train, the experiences children had while riding, and what the train signals and whistles mean. Our “O” scale model train adds to the railroading fun, allowing children to see how towns thrived by having a railroad depot! Finally, explore the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through museum artifacts. All aboard!
Art Deco in Architecture (5th-8th Grade)
Experience Omaha’s Union Station, a world-renowned example of Art Deco Architecture. Built in 1931, Union Station’s style represents the power, strength, and masculinity of the railroad industry it housed. This videoconference will allow viewers to explore the history of the building as well as the intricate details that make up this specific architectural style.
Building the Transcontinental Railroad (5th-8th Grade)
The Transcontinental Railroad was a six-year undertaking that ultimately opened up the vastly unsettled west to the rest of the country. Join us at The Durham Museum as we explore the building of this magnificent railroad from the legislation that allowed it to the final spike driven at Promontory Summit in Utah. Students will use original documents and photos to piece together the important, and sometimes controversial, details of this massive project.
Historic Schoolroom (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Step back to the 1890s and see how different it was to attend a one-room school! Explore daily life from this time period through the use of artifacts, stories, and real lessons students did in their schools. Who will be the spelling bee champion or have the best penmanship? Students also will compare their visit to what they experience in classrooms today.
Holidays around the World (Kindgergarten-5th Grade)
Experience holidays from around the world from right here in Omaha! This class will begin with a look at The Durham’s own 50-foot fully decorated tree. Students will learn how we are able to fit this beautiful sight into the museum each year. The class will then have an opportunity to learn about holidays and traditions from other countries and cultures using our Ethnic Tree Exhibit as well as holiday artifacts.
Nebraska History Tour (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Students will experience Nebraska history through a virtual tour highlighting the resources, people, and events that shaped Nebraska. Students will enjoy special activities that highlight Nebraska’s early explorers, the Plains Indians, westward expansion, changes in transportation, and Nebraska’s geography. Special map and data gathering exercises will be utilized with the museum’s exhibitions.
Neighborhood Store (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Bring your shopping list along as we take a trip back to the time of streetcars and neighborhood grocery stores. Visit the museum’s Buffett Grocery Store exhibit and learn how neighborhood grocery stores emphasized customer service as well as how grocery stores have changed since the early 1900s. Bring economics into your visit as we learn about needs and wants and how those two concepts have changed over time.
Pioneer Life (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Visit The Durham Museum’s log cabin, and learn about the daily life of a pioneer! This interactive videoconference will take visitors along the emigrant trails to new and exciting places where they will have to make decisions about what to eat, what type of house to build, and much more. Can you imagine living in a one-room cabin with your entire family? You will explore The Durham’s log cabin to see how the pioneers made do.
Plains Indian Life (Kindergarten-5th Grade)
Visit The Durham Museum’s earth lodge and tipi to explore the daily life of a member of a Plains Indian tribe! Your videoconference will take place right in the middle of our Plains Indian exhibition, and a Durham staff member will show your class real buffalo artifacts that explain the Plains Indian tribes’ way of life. Your classes will also experience Native American games, clothing, and tools.
Train Robbers of the Old West (4th-8th Grade)
With national expansion and the settlement of the West came something a little less desirable: outlaws. As soon as the tracks were laid, outlaws began turning their attention from robbing banks to robbing the trains that carried money, goods, and passengers with only the train’s crew as defense. Explore the myths and realities associated with these infamous crimes and characters.
Connect to The Durham Museum’s programming
During the school year, the Durham Museum will be scheduling innovative programs connecting local resources, visiting experts and other content providers. These additional programs are available to sites throughout the country.
The Pinnacle Award
The Durham Museum received a 2010-2011 CILC Pinnacle Award and the 2011-2012 Honorable Mention Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The award is presented annually to organizations providing exemplary standards-based interactive videoconferencing programs that are certified by the CILC.
To qualify for the award the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994, is a not-for-profit specializing in access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional
development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem based learning projects, school community partnerships and
effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs.
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