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Monthly Archives: July 2007

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We’re working this summer to bring back the videoconferences that have long been popular, but also to bring new programs to the New Links to New Learning  roster. Bill Dallas Lewis and I spoke yesterday, and he’s going to put together two new programs. Pat McKissack is going to have a blog to go along with her videoconferences, and Carolyn Lesser has added a new program- one that can be completely tailored to fit a teacher’s needs and time slots! AIMS is adding an one hour videoconference on dental health and we have new health and fitness programs from a St. Louis chiropractor. We are going to bring back the Mental Health series for educators, so if you have a topic you’d like to see covered (such as anorexia, reactive attachment disorder, etc.) let us know!

Thanks to teacher Jim Boyd for sharing this clip from Teacher Tube:

http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=40c570a322f1b0b65909

As a bit of a follow up, I found this article (“Young see ‘tech’ as organic part of life”) on MSNBC: “>http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19927330/

Remember when I wrote last spring that dinosaurs were all the rage in videoconferencing? My boss Ruth sent me a link from EduHound Weekly, and its focus was… dinosaurs. Included in their resources was a link for the American Museum of Natural History along with many other resources- great activities to do before or after your dino v/c!

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Our Princeton Review ACT class  back for the fall! It’s 20 hours of instruction over interactive videoconference and students learn concepts and skills to master the ACT. Three real ACT practice tests give students the opportunity to practice what they learn and track their improvement during the five week course. Registration deadline for the this class is Friday, August 31. Contact the VLC for more details on registration and fees!

Dates of the videoconference classes leading up to the October 27, 2007 ACT test date are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 24 thru October 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Students will participate in the class from their own schools, using distance learning technology, with a site facilitator on hand. In St. Louis, this class is very popular in the fall- right when seniors and their parents start to think about impending college admissions!

GNGOn Global Nomads Group’s website now they have a link  that will take you to their past broadcasts. If you weren’t able to participate in the videoconference, or you did and would like to see it again, check it out! Also on the website is a Media Library, where you can search by topic and location.

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We’re back! Last week, Martha and I attended MODLA at the Lake of the Ozarks. The conference had about 80 attendees, and I heard the figures 75% higher ed and 25% k-12 thrown around, but I don’t have any firm numbers. Attending the conference was nice for me, because I was able to put some faces to names and also touch base with those I talk on the phone with quite a bit but don’t see face to face often. On Thursday, I presented, with Martha’s help, on 123 VC! We had a very responsive group in our session, asking questions throughout and after we wrapped up. Most were actually higher ed, and were really interested in the collaboration aspect of 123 VC! They commented in higher ed they had difficulty with collaborating- often the videoconferences are lectures only. We stressed the key to collaboration is communication! Before, during and after the project- it is very important!Martha and I also attended a handful of sessions- one on Moodle, another I sat in on was about various forms of communicating over distance- Yack Pack, Skype, etc. There are so many different methods out there to communicate… and collaborate.

At the end of this week I will be attending and presenting at Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA) Annual Meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks. The theme this year is “Doing It Right: Best Practices in Distance Learning.” I will be talking about our participation in 123 VC! last year. RoundTrips, one of the content providers we work closely with here in the Virtual Learning Center, will also be presenting. Other topics include plagarism, high definition videoconferencing, and podcasting. Next week when I get back I’ll fill you in on the sessions I attended.

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