Getting Astronomers Involved in the IYA
The University of Hawaii's Institution
for Astronomy and Interstellar Studios (the producers of 400
Years of the Telescope) are facilitating an exciting new educational
program called Astronomer
in the Classroom.
Using Abode Acrobat Connect™, a web conferencing service, Interstellar
Studios is hosting three 30-minute webcasts on school days in 2009 beginning
in April with astronomers from throughout the world. The webcasts are conducted
at the same time each day (starting at 1 pm Eastern), to accommodate time zone
differences and grade levels (3-5, 6-7, and 8-12). Educators can drop-in when
their schedules allow it.
A calendar of participating astronomers and presentations can be found at the
Astronomer in the Classroom website,
with brief descriptions of the lectures, allowing both the student and teacher
a chance to plan for webcasts in which they would like to participate.
The Abode Acrobat Connect™ web-based interface allows the astronomer to
be viewed and heard over the web, as well as run a PowerPoint® presentation
live. Students can interact with the speaker by typing questions to the conference
from their school computers. A moderator will be provided to help facilitate
an follow-up question and answer period.