Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration offers virtual interactive field trips ranging from Celebrating Diwali to Careers in the NFL.

Originally published on eSchoolNews

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

                                         Digital Citizenship: Online Communities                                                    By Banyan Global Learning, for Grade K-4

Tuesday, Nov. 9:           Music, Melody & Me                                                                                     By Manhattan School of Music, for Grades 3-5

                                         Celebrating Diwali                                                                                           By Penn Museum, for all grades

Wed., Nov. 10:               Digital Citizenship: Technology Balance                                                     By Banyan Global Learning, for Grades 1-4

                                          Children’s Art in a World of Crisis: The Terezin Classroom                     By Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center, for Grades 5 and 6

Thursday, Nov. 11:        Careers in the NFL                                                                                               By Pro Football Hall of Fame, for Grades 4-12

                                         Did you Say Ducks? Chautauqua Wildlife Refuge

By Fins Magazine, for Grades K-6

Friday, Nov. 12:             Seeds on the Go                                                                                                By Royal Botanical Gardens, for Grades 3-6                      

                                           Matter Science Theater                                                                                   By Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, for Grades 1-5

CILC encourages educators from around the globe to  sign up.

Teachers, school administrators, parents and childcare professionals are encouraged to browse CILC’s complete library of programs or register for a free membership.

About National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is a free, virtual program hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The week-long conference is meant to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning; celebrate distance learning applications in K-12, telehealth, higher education, corporate and government/military; discuss current issues and emerging trends; highlight best practices; and recognize leaders in the field. NDLW is celebrated by affiliate organizations across the United States, including the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. For more information, please visit

About The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides equal access to educational and cultural opportunities for all communities by supporting K-5 educators with authentic, relevant, interactive learning experiences. Through virtual interactive program offerings, kids and educators have access to limitless learning opportunities, from math, science and tech to art, language and history from hundreds cultural organizations, heritage centers, and diverse content experts.