Friday, 4 October 2013

October 4th, 2013 - Technology that VROCs!

Hello everyone and congratulations on completing another week in the most important profession in the world!

Students often do not connect their in class learning with the day-to-day occurrences in the world.  They feel that the study topics and assignments are of no use in the ‘real world’.  Well, that is all about to change with the addition of VROC in your classroom!

VROC stands for ‘Virtual Researcher On Call’ ( and connects Canadian classrooms with present-day researchers and professionals in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  There are several ways which you can incorporate VROC into your classroom program such as Experts on Demand, Career Video Podcasts, and video podcasts on This Week in Science and Education. 

Career Video Podcasts include such great topics as Science Scoop’, ‘Tech Talk’, ‘Engineer This’ and ‘Why Math?’ These energetic and entertaining videos show experts in the various STEM fields discussing what they do and highlighting new careers in their area. 

This Week in Science and Education contains enjoyable videos featuring emerging technologies such as ultrasound in the treatment of cancer, Bucky Balls and environmentalism. 

The best feature of all (in my opinion) however is Experts on Demand.  This feature inspires young students’ interests by connecting current researchers with classrooms via video conference and mentorship, and allows them to interact in real time and participate in rich collaborative discussions.   

The best part is that all of these services are completely free to public and Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Canada! By simply visiting the website and signing up for an account, a VROC coordinator will be in touch with you to discuss how they can best support your classroom curriculum.

This is just another way that technology can enhance your teaching and bring down the walls of your classroom to introduce your students to the world around them.



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