Ustream In The Classroom- Live Video Allows Parents To See School Projects

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I remember in my high school Physics class we did a egg drop competition. The idea was to construct a device that would protect a egg and with stand a 2 story fall created out of normal everyday materials. The project was pass/fail. Broken egg equaled failure and a whole egg equaled passing.

For weeks I developed mathematical models and conducted hard core engineering analysis knowing my egg would land like a feather. The elaborate device I created was both beautiful and scientifically sound. On the big day, I dropped my creation only to watch my egg break and splatter into a million pieces.

That’s why when I watched 8th graders at Northbrook Junior High School test their contraptions in their annual egg drop, a flood of memories came back to me.

This event was especially intriguing as well because the parents of the students were able to watch this live from home and work. Earlier in the week, another school broadcasted their students science project presentations during school hours for their parents.

I absolutely love these type of uses of Ustream. Microbroadcasting for the masses to me is so exciting because of exactly events such as this. I’m glad these parents were able to witness their son and daughter’s egg heroics ……….or tragedies.

Here’s a Replay:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/dPNKx7wZjpz,7Mw8Qpwkba3x2z1KUZHp

I found this great blog post on using Ustream in the classroom as well:
http://ccapozzoli.wordpress.com/2007/11/09/ustreamtv-in-the-classroom/

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