Teacher Melissa Johnson's class at Parkview Elementary School recently toured inventor Thomas Edison's lab with the help of Skype video technology.

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Johnson connected with online communities including Skype in the Classroom and Google hangouts for the classroom, then searched for virtual field trips and guest speakers. Her second graders are studying famous inventors and she found a virtual field trip to Edison's lab in New Jersey.

The students are also creating an insulator in their STEM unit so much of what the park ranger talked about was how to persevere and use the scientific method.

The ranger showed the class some of Edison's original prototypes and inventions and provided a full tour of the lab.