Distance Learning

Bringing the Museum to you.

Take a virtual visit to the Museum through real-time, interactive video conferencing direct from Austin.

A Museum educator, primary sources, and interesting content is a winning instructional combination. All distance learning programs are designed with pre- and post-viewing activities, and provide a variety of teacher resources aligned to TEKS. 

2016-2017 Student Programs

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History

grades 4-7 | time: 45 minutes

Who was the 17th Century French explorer La Salle? How did the sinking of his ship, La Belle, change the history of Texas? What technological innovations were used to excavate and conserve this 300 year old ship and its artifacts? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a museum educator.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 1B, 2A-B, 6A, 8A, 9B, 10A-B, 21A-C, 22A, 23A-B
7th grade: 2B, 8A, 20A, 20C, 20E, 21A-C, 22A, 23A-B

Click here for registration and scheduling information.

 

Spotlight Session: Singin’ the Blues in Texas

grades: 2-8  |  time: 45 minutes

When you live in Texas, you might hear many different genres of music playing on the radio—including the blues! What is the blues, and how did this style come about? What instruments are used in the blues? How have Texan artists put a unique spin on the blues?

Spring 2017 is all about music at the Bullock Museum, as we host two special exhibitions that celebrate music. Join us for this Spotlight Session to learn about the history and continuing importance of the blues in Texas and American culture. This program is sure to leave you dancing!

Offered FREE for all schools on March 24, 2017 9:00am-9:45 am

3 Interactive sites will respond to questions from the presenter, as well as be able to ask questions to the presenter at the end of the program. All other sites will be non-interactive

To register, follow these links: to be an interactive site or to be a non-interactive site

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

grades: 4-7  |  time: 45 minutes

Led by a Museum educator, this free program takes students through a search for artifact evidence that helps them learn how early American Indians encountered the environment, other peoples, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 1a-b, 2a-b, 7b, 8a-c, 9a-b, 10a-b, 12a-c, 19a, 21a-d, 22a-b
7th grade: 2a-b, 9a-c, 19c, 21a-e, 22a

Click here for registration and scheduling information.

Gone to Texas: Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

grades: 4-12  |  time: 45 minutes 

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? This free program examines the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924 as well as the history behind the movement of people to Texas. Students hear stories from immigrants and examine artifacts they brought with them on their journeys. 

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 4a,c, 5, 7a, 8a-c, 10b, 12a-c, 19a, 21a-b, 22a-b
7th grade: 1b-c, 4c, 5a-b, 6c, 7, 10b, 11a-c, 19b, 21a-b

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Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

grades: 4-7  |  time: 45 minutes

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 2D-E, 3A-C,E, 14B, 15A, 16A, 21A,B,D, 22A,C
7th grade: 1A-C, 2F, 3A-E, 11A-B, 21A-B,D, 22A

Click here for registration and scheduling information.

Professional Development

Distance Learning at the Museum Demonstration

Discover how you and your students can experience the Story of Texas in your own classroom, wherever that might be. This program introduces Distance Learning at the Museum and demonstrates how to explore Texas history in exciting new ways through real-time, interactive video conferencing.

Museum 101: Teacher Orientation Workshop

Taking a field trip to the Museum for the first time? Need a refresher before your next visit? Led by a member of the Museum's Education Department, this program prepares you to guide your classes through a successful field trip. Explore the content and context of the Museum's exhibitions and films, learn strategies for teaching with primary sources, and discover great ways to integrate Museum-inspired activities into your classroom curriculum. 

Registration and Scheduling

Distance learning program reservations are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Search for programs on the calendar of programs.

Remember:

  • If you're signing up for a scheduled distance learning program, you'll need to complete the registration on the Connect2Texas website.
  • If you would like to request a program on a specific day and time, email education@thestoryoftexas.com or call (512) 936-4604 to talk to a Museum educator.

Cost and Program Capacity

FREE! For the 2016-17 school year, all distance learning programs for students are free. The average program time is 45-60 minutes.

We recommend that no more than 35 students view a program at one time. This maximizes the interactive opportunities on both sides of the camera. 

Postponement and Cancellation Policies

If wild Texas weather hits or something else unexpected happens, your program may be postponed. We'll do our best to provide you advance notice. We'll also be happy to work with you to reschedule the program. 

If you need to cancel, please provide one week's notice. 

Videotaping Policy

Videotaping of any Museum distance learning program is not permitted.

 

Technical Requirements

The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Connect2Texas is our videoconferencing bridge service and support partner that is run by Education Service Center Region 11

You must have a compatible videoconferencing system to participate. This can include desktop computers with internet access (preferably not wireless), eyeball camera, speaker and microphone. Our programs CANNOT be connected via Skype, Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime because these are "closed" networks. Connect2Texas can provide a desktop connection via Zoom.

For technical assistance or to ask questions about connectivity options, contact Pat Schmuck (817) 740-7616 pschmuck@esc11.net.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.