Videoconference Registration and Requirements

Students can interact with educators at the Observatory.Students can interact with educators at the Observatory. This downloadable PDF includes important information, guidelines, and a time line for the teacher to prepare for the videoconference. It also includes behavior expectations for the students.

Request your program by downloading and completing the Videoconference Request Form (Excel file).  Frequently McDonald Observatory offers programs through Connect2Texas, so check their calendar, you might find a program that suits your instructional needs.

If you would like to request your own date and show title, you can do so by completing the Videoconference Request Form and returning it to McDonald Observatory.

Classroom Teacher as Co-Facilitator during Videoconference

Your support role in the classroom is to work with Marc Wetzel to co-facilitate the students learning, distribute student sheets and materials, and help students ask and answer their questions when prompted. Be sure to review the “Videoconference Guidelines” document.


Major support for this program comes from the Levy Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Orion Circle.

Required Technology

Participation in our videoconferencing programs requires either a hardware/codec system (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc.) or a device with an eyeball camera and compatible software (Zoom, ClearSea, Jabber, RealPresence, Vidyo, BlueJeans, Acano, etc.). We cannot connect via Skype or Google Hangouts. If you're uncertain whether you possess the required technology, please contact your campus/district IT personnel.  Schools located in Texas can contact their local Education Service Center for assistance or anyone can contact Lori Hamm-Neckar at (817)740-7516 or with connectivity questions. If you are registered for a McDonald Observatory videoconference through, then Connect2Texas will act as a central hub (bridge) for your connection to McDonald Observatory.