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Distance Learning

Your premier source for live, interactive, engaging, and easily-accessible, distance learning experiences

Our diverse catalog of award-winning, standards-based, cross-curricula programming is a fun and innovative means of learning for K-12 students, educators, and lifelong learners of all ages.  Groups across the country can easily access our programming through video conferencing software from a tablet or PC or with standard H.323 video conferencing equipment. Contact us with any questions about our programming or connectivity options by emailing us at dl@creativelearningfactory.org or by calling our studio toll free at 1.800.640.7679. Experience a new level of learning and interactivity with the Creative Learning Factory at the Ohio History Connection!

Scheduling and Connectivity Information

Our programs are available on an on-demand basis. We use the CILC website for all program registrations.  In order to view detailed program listings or request any of our programs, you or whoever is responsible for coordinating your distance learning programs MUST create or have access to a CILC account. Your free CILC account can be created through this link.  We recommend submitting program requests at least 2 weeks in advance of the desired date of your program. Please allow up to 5 business days to have your request processed.

We use Zoom, a free, easy to use video conferencing solution for groups that do not have access to or have outdated video conferencing equipment. For H.323 video conferencing systems (Polycom, Tandberg, Cisco, LifeSize), groups should dial into us directly via IP connections at an ideal connection speed of at least 384 kbps. We require a test call be scheduled with us at least one week prior to the date of your program in order to verify that we can maintain an acceptable connection between our sites. Our staff is available to assist you with any connectivity issues or questions.

Current Program Catalog

Clicking on the program title will take you to the CILC listing for that program where you can schedule your program and view program details, pricing, and content standards information.  You will be required to log in to your CILC account to view this information.  Please contact our studio if you have any trouble accessing this information.

Can She Trust You? 
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Experience the moral struggles associated with slavery in the 1860s-era Ohio Village as your students interview individuals in an effort to help a runaway slave find the Underground Railroad conductor along her way to freedom. Students will listen for clues in conversations and ask questions of these residents to determine which individual is the Underground Railroad conductor.

So You Know the U.S. Government 
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Think your class understands the workings of the United States Government? We’ll test your students’ knowledge of the origins, structure, and responsibilities of our government. This highly interactive game show serves as an excellent means of introducing your students to the workings of government and also as a means of review for classes that have recently completed lessons in government. 

So You Know the Founding Documents 
(Grades 4 – adults) 

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on the study of our nation’s founding documents. These central ideas about law, government, and the rights of individuals have been maintained in the United States since the late 1700s and form the fabric of our democracy. Test your knowledge of the ideas and people that founded our government by scheduling So You Know the Founding Documents.

So You Know the Civil War 
(Grades 4 – adults) 

No other period in our nation's history has captured our interest more than the events of 1861 through 1865. Although this struggle between the North and South is distant in time, it is a period that is confusing and complex to understand. Your students will compete against one another as they answer questions about the people, places, and events of this War Between the States. Demonstrate your knowledge of the Civil War by scheduling So You Know the Civil War.

So You Know the Election
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Test your knowledge of the people, policies and events from the Presidential elections of the past and present by scheduling So You Know the Election. Your students will compete against each other as they answer questions about the election process, the history of past elections, voting requirements and responsibilities, candidates, and more.

So You Know Ohio 
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Teachers will split their class up into three teams for this highly interactive and fun game show format which serves as an excellent means of testing or introducing your students’ knowledge of the famous people, places, and events in Ohio history.  

Mound Building Cultures
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Explore the mound building cultures of ancient America in this program hosted by Dr. Bradley Lepper, Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio History Connection. Students will learn about the various types of mounds, how mounds were built, why mounds may have been built, what daily life might have been like as a member of these cultures, and how these cultures evolved as we visit various mound sites throughout the country.

Show Me, Tell Me About American Indian Culture 
(Grades 3 – 6) 

Explore the pre-contact culture of Eastern Woodland Indians as we examine a variety of artifacts and discover what a day in the life of these early peoples may have been like up until the point of European contact. The concept of trading, what goods were traded and how trade affected the Indian and European way of life, will also be examined. We will also discuss how cultures exchanged ideas and objects in the past and continue to do so in today’s society.

Exploring History: Glaciers, Grooves, Fens, & Forts
(Grades 3 – adults) 

In this natural history program, students will take a journey with Dr. Zooki, an eccentric scientist, as we examine the geological effects of the Ice Age on present day Ohio from thousands of years ago. Students will discover the cause-and-effect relationship of three natural landforms that resulted from the glaciers and the sequence of their creation. Students will also use their mapping and navigation skills to guide their trip through time.

The Wright Method: Scientific Inquiry and the Process of Invention
(Grades 4 – adults) 

Fly into invention with Orville and Wilbur Wright! The Wright Brothers conquered the skies with ingenuity, tenacity and devotion to the scientific process. They also documented every step of the way, creating the perfect opportunity to see the Scientific Method in action as they turn a single idea into one of mankind's greatest achievements.

In this program, students will be introduced to the principles of the Scientific Method. Then, by examining primary sources like the Wrights' own photographs, data and correspondence, they will follow along as the Wrights use that process to overcome the odds and invent the world's first airplane.

Ask the Archaeologist
(Grades 3 – adults) 

The staff and professionals of the Ohio History Connection are at your disposal in this interactive, question/answer style program. Spend time talking with a member of our Archaeology staff about the science of archaeology, recent discoveries, career opportunities, and a day in the life of an archaeologist.

Picture This: Interpreting the Past with Photographs
(Grades 3 – adults) 

As visual literacy becomes increasingly important to 21st century learners, the ability to analyze and interpret photographs is a fundamental skill.  In this program, students will learn how to analyze and interpret images by examining images from the Ohio History Connection’s collection and discover the importance of photographs as a means of recording history. 

Pieces of the Past: An Introduction to Primary Sources
(Grades 4 – 12) 

Students will learn the difference between primary and secondary sources and be able to distinguish between the two as they visit with curators in our archives, collections facility, and our sites.  Students will learn more about the variety of primary sources, including archival material (newspapers, photographs, scrapbooks), collections items (historic Civil War battle flags) and sites (prehistoric earthworks and artifacts).

Vision of Unity: The Story of Tecumseh
(Grades 7 – adults) 

Explore the events that occurred during the life of Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh, his attempts to assemble a confederation of tribes to resist white settlement and how these events contributed to the forced removal of American Indians from the Ohio River Valley. Students will examine and discuss the moral and social conflicts and cooperation that resulted from these events, the subsequent outcomes of removal and what ultimately happened to the tribes of the Ohio River Valley.

Back to the Fifties: Behind the American Dream
(Grades 7 – adults) 

The 1950s are often thought of as a decade of progress and prosperity for all Americans. In Back to the Fifties: Behind the American Dream, we’ll unveil and discuss the complex social issues everyday people faced in the 1950s and how these issues continue to affect our society today.

You Can Make History: What Shall I Do Today?
(Grades 1 – 3) 

In What Shall I Do Today, students will explore daily frontier life, gender roles, chores and responsibilities, along with leisure time activities.  In this highly interactive and engaging program, students are introduced to the concepts of history by Arbuckle, a 200-year-old turtle puppet.  By comparing and contrasting their lives today with that of early American settlers, students will build a foundation of understanding for history and how things change over time.

You Can Make History: Home Sweet Home
(Grades 1 – 3) 

In Home Sweet Home, students will learn about the development of a farmstead. We’ll also examine the building and interior of a settler's home to look at furnishings and daily living needs.  

You Can Make History: Trees, Trees, Trees
(Grades 1 – 3) 

In Trees, Trees, Trees, students will learn how early settlers used trees in their daily life, why they were so important, and the continued importance of trees in modern times. 

You Can Make History: What Shall I Wear Today?
(Grades 1 – 3) 

In What Shall I Wear Today, students will learn about clothes on the Ohio frontier.  Students will examine how children their own age dressed in the past, sources of material, and methods of production. 

The Story of the Carved Potato: The Origins of the Jack ‘O Lantern
(Grades 3 – adults) 

Have you ever wondered why we carve faces into pumpkins for Halloween? When Irish immigrants came to America, they brought their own beliefs and traditions, which over time became part of American traditions. In this program, you'll hear the story of Old Wicked John and how Jack-'O-Lanterns came to be a part of our Halloween celebrations.

The Story of the Strange Bird: The Origins of Thanksgiving
(Grades 3 – adults) 

Did you know that our national bird, the bald eagle, was not the first choice as a national symbol for one of our most well-known Founding Fathers? The bird that almost became our national symbol was only found in America at the time. We celebrate a special day with this bird every November. Participants in this program will learn about the origins of Thanksgiving, who was responsible for it becoming a national holiday, and the strange bird that almost became our national symbol.

The Story of the Triangular Tree: The Origins of Christmas Trees
(Grades 3 – adults) 

Many of our traditions in America originated in other countries and were brought by those who immigrated here. Can you imagine hanging your Christmas tree from the ceiling? Why do we even have Christmas trees in our homes? In this program, we’ll follow the story of the Triangular Tree from the forests of Germany to the modern homes of America. Participants discover that not all folks were happy to celebrate the holiday season using this tradition and the very first Christmas tree in America was not a tree at all!

The Heart of the Matter: The Origins of Valentine’s Day
(Grades 3 – adults) 

Participants in this program will learn about the origins of Valentine's Day, who St. Valentine was, symbols of Valentine's Day, the evolution of Valentine's Day cards over the years, and how candy became an important part of the Valentine's Day tradition.

The Wearing of the Green: The Origins of St. Patrick’s Day
(Grades 3 – adults) 

Celebrated by the Irish as a religious holiday for over a thousand years, the custom of St. Patrick's Day has spread throughout the world. Participants in this program will learn about the origins of St. Patrick's Day, who St. Patrick was, why it's celebrated as a holiday, and how it's celebrated throughout the world.