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The Virtual Science Posse

A virtual Science Posse visit with Big Piney Middle School

A virtual science fair consultation.

The Virtual Science Posse is made possible through the use of the educational conferencing software known as Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate Live! This software allows us to project a video image of the presenter as well as the material being covered directly into your classroom in real time. 

Elluminate Tutorial

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Jan Truchot,
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Help us expand the number of the Virtual Science Posse visits!

The Virtual Science Posse allows Posse Fellows to work with students and teachers who are outside of our travel radius because they don't have to leave Laramie!

Here are some of our ideas. We'd love to hear yours!

  • Demonstrations, Career Talks and Mini-lessons are possible and can be made very interactive with kits of materials we will ship to you to use during the lesson.
  • Individual or small group science fair project development sessions.

    Amy DiRienzo and Alicia Martin mentored the 48 fifth graders at Goins Elementary through the entire process of completing a science fair project. Pam Goins said of the experience, "We all learned much doing this - the initial video was actually awesome cause the technology was engaging! The personal one on ones were priceless for my students to get individual help and teaching - something I VERY rarely get to do! THEN all the follow up was incredible. Students were ever so much more engaged and independent having gotten direction and such great teaching from Amy and Alicia. They were so excited to get their turn to video. One of my least motivated students got started I am SURE - because he wanted to meet with these gals."
  • Pre-visit planning sessions with teachers when creating a specialized lesson.

  • Pre-visit sessions to provide background knowledge and prepare students for the actual visit.

  • Post-visit sessions to discuss results. (This would allow time for teachers and students to analyse data gathered during the Fellow's visit.)

How Does the Virtual Posse work?

Elluminate screenshot

Screen shot of a lesson presented by Posse Member Lisa Kunza in Laramie to Kim O'Connor's 8th graders in Big Piney.

Sessions will be created and conducted using University of Wyoming's license for Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate. Once the session is scheduled, an email provides a link to access the session.

To participate, teachers need:

•   A reliable Internet connection. (Ethernet is better than Wireless.)
•   A set of speakers. (Follow the steps below to configure your speakers before your first session.)
•   A webcam and microphone. (Follow the steps below to configure your webcam before your first session.)
•   An email address to receive the invitation to join the session.

To prepare for your first Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate Live! session:

  1. Go to the Support Portal.
  2. Follow the instructions in Step 1 and Step 2.
  3. Go to the Configuration Room in Step 2 to test your audio and video equipment. 

More info: Elluminate Live Participant Quick Reference Guide

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