The next live cam I began to watch was one that tracked beluga whales along the Northwest Passage. Again, I became so consumed with watching their every move. Here I was watching a real, live version of an animal that I remember reading about very often as a kid. My latest live cam (ob)session involves four young panda bears from China called Zhi Chun, Qing Shan, Zhao Yang, and Ao Ao. The bears are constantly getting into something and they wrestle a lot like my dog and cat do!
What I've learned from all of these experiences on explore.org is that technology can connect you with more than just people - it can connect you with animals and ecosystems from anywhere and everywhere (and being the animal lover that I am, this really helps technology score big-time brownie points with me!) Even if I never make it to the arctic or to China, I can still see and experience what certain aspects (that I'm interested in) are like. I would definitely integrate a site like explore.org into my classroom because if I enjoy it this much, I can only imagine how much my students would love learning about and alongside animals from around the world.
Here's the link to see it for yourself: