We have developed versions of all of our school assemblies that we present using Skype, Google Hangout, or other video conferencing solutions. Is your class studying the Rainforest, Dogsledding, Exploration, Oceans, the Great Lakes, Habitats, South America, North America, or another topic that fits well with our live school assemblies? Sometimes the cost and distances involved in bringing us to your school is too much. Our virtual assemblies are fun, interactive, and tailored to the level and interests of your students. We can work with one class, or an auditorium full of students.
Below is a list of our virtual assemblies:
Our Greatest Lake
Amazon to the Arctic
North American Odyssey
How long does a video conference last?
Video conferences are generally 20 to 45 minutes. For K-1 lessons typically last 20 to 30 minutes. Lessons for older students typically last 30 to 45 minutes, but we can adjust our lessons to fit your schedule.
Who will my class be working with?
Dave and Amy Freeman have worked with hundreds of classrooms and explored many of the worlds wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Dave and Amy Adventurers of the Year in 2014 for their educational expeditions.
What is a video assembly?
The Freemans use photos and video clips from their expeditions as well as expedition equipment, artifacts, and props. The lessons are fun and interactive and there is also time for students to ask questions. The lessons offer a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and interact with explorers who have extensive first hand experience with the places and topics covered in each lesson.
What technology or equipment do I need to participate?
Most schools already have all the technology needed to participate in a successful video conference. We use Skype most of the time, but if you would prefer to use a different service, or if you have questions let us know. We encourage you to talk a technology specialist at your school, or contact us if you have questions.
Below are the basic things that you will need for a virtual assembly using Skype.
- Skype account: You will need to sign up for a Skype account, which is free and only takes a few minutes.
- High Speed Internet Connection: You can test your speed here. It works best if you have a download and upload speed of at least 500 kbps
- Web cam and microphone: You will need a web cam and microphone so that we can see you and you can ask questions and interact. A built-in camera and microphone will usually work just fine.
- Speakers: You will need speakers so that students and teachers can hear us. Standard computer speakers usually work fine. If you a large group of students participating in the Skype lesson in a gym or auditorium then you might need more powerful speakers so that everyone can hear.
- Smartboard or LCD projector: Displaying your computer screen in a large format so that everyone can clearly see the screen is very important.
How much does a virtual assembly cost?
We typically charge $79 for a virtual assembly. It usually works well to combine 2 or 3 classes together for a lesson. If you would like us to work with more than 2 or 3 classes we recommend breaking them into several groups. We charge $59 for each additional lesson when they are scheduled back to back, or with short breaks in between lessons.
How do I pay?
After your lesson we will send you an invoice. You can either pay using Paypal, or you can mail us a check.
If our lesson does not meet your expectations you will not be charged for your Skype lesson. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Just send us an email that briefly explains why you were not satisfied and you will not be charged.
What are other teachers saying?
My students really enjoyed that your program was interactive, and they LOVED the part where they laid on the floor to guess the length of the largest anaconda. Shooting the poison dart gun was a close second. This was by far the best Skype that we have had this year! My students were very engaged. Great job, Dave!
3rd Grade Teacher
Your enthusiasm and the knowledge was something the children picked up on, very infectious! The interactivity, asking and answering questions was a great way of developing the children’s knowledge and really encouraged engagement. Your Skype program was an excellent, practical and very real learning experience! Thanks!
Deputy Head Teacher
De Beauvoir and Queensbridge Primary Schools
Hackney, London, UK
I just wanted to let you know that the kids really loved your lesson today!! We measured and made an anaconda out of paper. They were surprised to see that is was a little more than 7 kindergarteners long!