Monthly Archives: April 2011
Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works will be June 20, 21 & 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts. This three-day tele class is $369 for a CSD member and $459 for a non-member. (If you choose, you can get two graduate credits through Lindenwood University with this course). This class is based on the material in Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. Participants will use this book and get hands-on experience with technology integration.
This class maybe for you, if:
• You are looking for research-based instructional strategies to improve student learning;
• You would like to learn how to use technology with these instructional strategies.
During this workshop, you will 1) learn about Marzano’s nine research-based instructional strategies for enhancing student achievement, 2) discuss ways in which to use technology with these strategies, and 3) begin planning technology-infused lessons or units that use effective instructional practices.
Purchase of the book Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works is recommended, but not required. Book cost: $27.98; let us know if you wish to add this option to your registration.
Yesterday before James Otis Thach came to CSD for his videoconferences, I went to Fox High School in Arnold to watch Tatiana Kennedy’s Russian I class Skype with Ermine Gymnasium in Novosibirsk, Russia. (Gymnasium = School). The Virtual Learning Center advised Ms. Kennedy on best practices for making such a connection. The Skype call took place from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. (central daylight time). The students in Novosibirsk- which is in Siberia- reported it was actually close to eight o’clock in the evening for them!
The American class at Fox High School had ten students, and the Russian class had about a dozen students- all girls- participate. Two teachers sat in on the Russian side- one was the English language teacher, along with Irina Lepihova. Irina was part of the group that visited Cooperating School Districts’ last fall. At Fox, I was in attendance, as was the principal, Dr. Kevin Rossiter, who introduced himself and spoke to the students for a few minutes. One of the district’s network technicians was also on hand, as he set up the equipment for the class. A big thank you to him!
The students at Fox were learning Russian, and the students at Ermine spoke English very well. Conversation flowed well. The biggest hurdle seemed to be that neither site’s mics could pick up everything all the students said- especially those furthest away- so there was some repetition (but is that so bad, considering the kids were practicing their foreign language skills)?
Topics discussed included celebrities, movies, climate, and families. The Russian students sang all of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain- more verses than I recognized! It was a pretty amazing connection. The students had exchanged email addresses and were going to continue with their communication. I hope to see more Skype or H323 videoconferences come out of this partnership.
So, have you seen the rumblings of using the SIP standard instead of H.323 in schools?
I ran into this during Read Around the Planet.
Some schools with TANDBERG installations on the east coast gave out their address to dial as an email address! This caused some confusion and trouble for Read Around the Planet this year. They didn’t seem to know that most schools with H.323 couldn’t dial it or didn’t know how to.
I don’t really understand all the technology – but I see the effect on educators trying to connect “advanced videoconferencing” with other schools who have “advanced videoconferencing” (i.e. Polycom, Lifesize, Cisco-TANDBERG, etc.).
These are the questions that are raised in my brain. What about for you?
- How does an old Viewstation connect to SIP?
- What has to be in place for H.323 to connect to SIP?
- Why is it that the school with the new TANDBERG HD installation couldn’t dial an IP address with the dial protocol on auto? They had to select H.323. That’s not very educator/user friendly. Most educators don’t know the difference between H.323 and SIP. I barely understand it!
- Why is it that this school with new TANDBERG HD equipment couldn’t call older Polycom systems during Read Around the Planet? I think it might have been Viewstations they were trying to dial. Shouldn’t H.323 be able to call any H.323?
- If a content provider buys a new system that uses SIP – who will advise them on how to connect to schools that can only dial out?
- Is Cisco-TANDBERG really pushing SIP now?
I am trying to understand the ramifications of this for programs such as Read Around the Planet, collaborations between schools through CAPspace, connections between schools and content providers around the world, etc.
What do you think? Any ideas? Please comment!