Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration Refines Mission to Focus on Narrowing Opportunity Gaps for Young Students and Educators

North Mankato, Minn. (Feb. 23, 2022) — The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), a nonprofit dedicated to breaking down educational barriers through virtual, interactive learning, today announced an updated mission that focuses on leveling the playing field for young students and educators.

As part of its refocused strategy, the company is launching a host of new programs and virtual field trips for students and educators, along with a new website that makes it easier for visitors to discover all that CILC has to offer.

“The pandemic and the many disparities it highlighted prompted us – like many organizations around the world – to take an inward look at our core values and home in on our ‘whys of service,’” said Glenn Morris, CILC’s executive director. “As a result, we realized it was time to update and refresh our brand and strategic plan to achieve our mission of connecting children and educators with inspiring and engaging virtual learning experiences that narrow opportunity gaps.”…Read More

Virtual, Interactive Expeditions for Black History Month Provide Students with a Diverse and Multi-Dimensional Look at African Americans Throughout History

North Mankato, Minn. (January 28, 2022) – The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, a veteran expert and thought leader in the virtual learning space, today launched a Black History Month package of fresh and engaging virtual and interactive real-world expeditions for students that cover significant historical, cultural and societal events.

CILC’s 10 virtual fieldtrips transcend other well-intentioned, but often one-dimensional and overly simplified narratives of African American historical figures by providing students with a detailed look at the encounters, achievements, and heroism of everyday African Americans throughout history. In addition to the Civil Rights Era, the fieldtrips cover everything from the American Revolution and its relationship to enslaved African Americans to the impacts of sharecropping and homesteading for Black farmers and western communities to the struggle for racial equality in the military during World War II. These “trips” also examine the meaning of race, the history of jazz, and the myths and misconceptions of Africa.

“These interactive, virtual learning programs break down the walls of the classroom and transport students back into history to witness the generations of African Americans who both struggled and triumphed throughout our country’s history, while also bringing to light current situations that many Black individuals still experience today,” said Glenn Morris, CILC’s executive director. …Read More

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week Nov. 8-12 with Live, Daily Free Programs for K-12

North Mankato, Minn. – Distance learning has long been a part of the education landscape. In the midst of the second pandemic-disrupted year the field has flexed, adapted and evolved to encompass a myriad of teaching methods to a wide-ranging student population. In May 2020 demand for online educational courses was up 250% from the previous year. Virtual learning has become a permanent fixture in modern academia.

This year, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is honoring National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) by offering 10 live, virtual lessons and field trips with topics ranging from scientific to historical to artistic. Below is a list of the two free classes offered each day during NDLW along with a link to registration.

Monday, Nov. 8:          American Indian Stories: The Three Sisters                                                   By Booth Western Art Museum, for Grades 1-3…Read More

A ‘Brilliant’ way to learn STEM

Every now and then, a new resource comes along that’s worth a second–or third, or fourth–look.

You might feel that way about Brilliant–a site that helps users learn not through lecture videos, but through hands-on, interactive learning.

Brilliant works by helping learners of all ages master content instead of simply memorizing. It also provides instant feedback so that learners can improve their knowledge through problem solving. Struggle is part of Brilliant’s instructional strategy, because the path to learning STEM isn’t necessarily 100 percent easy.…Read More

How one district’s focus on interactive learning is paying off

Educators know by now that engaging instruction is the best way to ensure students are involved in learning and absorbing new lessons and concepts. These days, the right edtech tools and interactive technologies can open up a wealth of engaging teaching and learning possibilities.

But using technology tools simply because they’re technology tools won’t cut it–and this is where strong teaching, combined with innovative technology, team up for a truly new teaching and learning experience.

In Pennsylvania’s Peters Township School District, educators are transforming teaching and learning with interactive and engaging technology. …Read More

How outdoor learning spaces lead to STEM engagement

A new sustainable outdoor learning space is giving students in California an engaging opportunity for STEM learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late April, Thousand Oaks High School in the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) and Schneider Electric, a global energy and sustainability company, unveiled a first-of-its-kind Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE)–a solar-powered, state-of-the-art interactive learning space for boosting STEM education and providing a safe outdoor classroom.

As school districts of all sizes across the country look for innovative ways to meet health advisories to safely open and remain open, implementing a SOLE can provide districts with a safe alternative to traditional classrooms while providing a bespoke, sustainable and dynamic learning experience for their students.…Read More

Interactive Field Trips Offered to Educators for Black History Month, President’s Day, Women’s History Month and Earth Day

In preparation for several upcoming significant historical, cultural and societal events, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has curated a list of live, interactive virtual field trips that educators can access to enrich discussions surrounding Black History Month, President’s Day, Women’s History Month and Earth Day. The diverse list of interactive learning experiences ranges from an immersive underground railroad experience to an exploration of women war reporters who have made indelible marks in the world of journalism. Several of the offerings are free to the public, while others have a fee associated.

Virtual expeditions have gained in popularity in recent years and even more so since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. What sets CILC and its content collaborators’ programs apart from traditional web-based experiences (prerecorded) is the live interactive aspect. Museum curators, historians, authors, researchers, and other expert instructors engage directly with students during the virtual field trip to create a richer learning environment. The selections below offer an engaging resource to educators who want to expand their curriculum in a unique and authentic manner.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 2021…Read More

MiEN Company Introduces New Furniture Product Offerings to Solve Learning Space Challenges

Educators are rethinking the layout of classrooms and other learning spaces in terms of optimizing use of those spaces for student wellbeing and study. MiEN Company, a global company serving the education industry with innovative furniture products and services that promote and support active and interactive learning environments, has introduced four new product offerings to help institutions take active learning spaces to a new level.

“These offerings are easily moved around, and many can be quickly stacked out of the way when not in use. This means users can configure them into arrangements that allow for social distancing as needed,” said Dr. Christina Counts, Vice President Strategy & Development for MiEN Company. “Of course, that’s not the only challenge that educators have to consider, and I can confidently say that these products can help learning environments adapt to changing pedagogical demands for years to come.”

The Always Ready Cafe & Hospitality (ARCH) Collection
The ARCH Collection of chairs, stools, tables and lateral files is designed for secondary, collegiate or corporate environments. The collection items are designed to be functional, practical to use, easy to move around and to stack. In addition, they are naturally durable so they can withstand high traffic use.…Read More