Skype, which is largely used for communication across the globe, is now being used widely used for education, virtual trips etc. for the sole intention of making education exciting and wholesome. These sessions take the students beyond the the classroom and spark the students' creativity and curiosity. They bring the world into their classrooms through Virtual Field Trips and talks by guest speakers.
On 27 August 2019, the students of class 5 were giddy with excitement. They were going to visit a dinosaur park in Solapur, Maharashtra. The session was curated by Mr. Ranjit Disale, Microsoft Innovative Educator from Pune.
Dinosaurs have always been a topic of great interest and curiosity for children. Here they got a chance to enthusiastically undertake a virtual tour to know more about them.
Models and pictures of different species of dinosaurs were shown in the park. Information on their anatomical structure, food habit and reasons for extinction was shared with the students. But the most interesting part of this trip was the question- answer session. Students were free to ask questions on dinosaurs which were happily answered by Mr Disale in detail.
Each of them waited eagerly their turn to ask questions! The children were curious to know about the difference in the anatomical structure of plant eating and meat eating dinosaurs, why the forelimbs of the T-rex was small compared to it's 6 feet body, what was the function of scales which some dinosaurs had on their backs, which was the heaviest dinosaur, what was the weight of the dinosaur brain, function of the tail of T-rex and many more. It was as if the Jurassic Park had opened for them!
This virtual trip was not only able to answer all the queries regarding dinosaurs but also taught that during the Mesozoic Era, life diversified rapidly and giant reptiles, dinosaurs and other monstrous beasts roamed the earth. The period, which spans from about 252 million years ago to about 66 million years ago, was also known as the age of reptiles or the age of dinosaurs.
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