The distance learning program at Badlands reached an international audience for the first time. Third and fourth grade classes from Seoul, South Korea participated in a video conference with two park rangers from Badlands.
The students are learning to speak English and had just completed a unit on travel. Their American teacher, John Hughes, decided to augment the curriculum by adding lessons about the US National Parks. Students learned vocabulary words such as nature, park ranger, mountain, river, and wildlife. The culmination of their study was the video conference connection.
During the two connections on January 11, rangers Julie Johndreau and Cathy Bell presented programs which focused on the nature and wildlife that visitors see when traveling to the park. Next, the students practiced their English by asking several prepared questions. The students seemed most interested in visitor-wildlife interactions.
The distance learning program at Badlands reaches over one thousand students every year. Classrooms in seven states, and now South Korea, have participated in the program.