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HistoryConnects FAQs

What is HistoryConnects?

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Historical Society utilizing Interactive Videoconferencing equipment to reach students across the state of Virginia and around the nation.

HistoryConnects programs:

  • are interactive,
  • are primary source based historical explorations, and
  • reinforce both national and state standards of learning.

How does this compare to traditional museum outreach programming?

The HistoryConnects program is based on the traditional museum outreach education model, so the two have a great deal in common. A HistoryConnects program begins with an educator from the VHS introducing the topic and institution and then leading an interactive historical discussion with your students. These programs are centered on in-depth investigation of primary sources and replica artifacts. The use of technology allows us to share high definition details of letters, maps, and images that were not previously possible with audiences that may never have the opportunity to visit the VHS in person.

What kind of equipment do I need?

HistoryConnects programs take advantage of the high-speed Internet already installed in schools and do not require any special equipment.

The minimum requirement to connect include:

  • an Internet connection,
  • a computer,
  • a webcamera,
  • and a microphone for your computer.

We will make use of the equipment you already have, from videoconferencing to smartphones or tablets.

How much do HistoryConnects programs cost?

The HistoryConnects programs are $100 (unless otherwise noted).

Virginia schools are offered programs at a 50% discount.

You will be invoiced for your program once it is completed. We understand that there are several external factors that can impact a program centered on technology. If a program connection is unable to be made due to factors that are beyond human control (i.e. snow days, power or network failures, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule your program at no additional charge. A limited number of free programs will be delivered each month through a partnership with Skype in the Classroom.

How do I schedule a HistoryConnects program?

Programs are available Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Lessons are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register for your program at www.cilc.org, providing all requested information. If you register through CILC, an e-mail and verification will be sent to you within two business days.

You may also register online at https://historyconnects.acuityscheduling.com/ or below

Once your program is confirmed, a Teacher Information Packet will be sent to help your class prepare for the program.

What if I need to cancel my program?

Groups canceling 48 hours in advance or because of school closings may reschedule programs at no additional cost. All rescheduling is subject to availability. For cancelations, please call 804.342.9689.

How do we make sure that we have a good connection?

Groups are responsible for dialing into the Virginia Historical Society and providing all connection information.Information on dialing in to the museum will be provided with verification of program booking.

The day of your conference, you may connect with us up to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Connecting later than 15 minutes after your start time will result in billing for a missed conference. There is no charge for test connections; however, they must be scheduled in advance. Once a program is booked, a test appointment will be scheduled. Unscheduled test connections interrupt live programming.

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