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Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

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Next New Links Workshop is June 4

New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype   
Monday, June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. During this full-day workshop, we’ll compare & contrast different methods of delivery. And you never know who… or where… we’ll connect! This professional development session costs $149 for CSD members; $189 for non-members. (New Links members, ask how you can take this workshop for free!) Graduate credit is available for those who opt to participate. Register for any tele workshop here.

Overview of E-rate to Purchase VC Equipment Webinar

LifeSize at Work - Connecting Students to Experts

The LifeSize Grant Services Team will offer an information webinar next week which will provide an overview of the USAC Federal E-rate Program and how available funding can be used to purchase LifeSize Video Conferencing Equipment. Interested? Register for the webinar at one of the links below. Please email grants@lifesize.com for additional information. There will be two sessions:

ISTE’s Playground

Today is the last day of ISTE’s conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s a snapshot of the SIGVC (Special Interest Group – Videoconferencing) Pirate-themed Playground- all sorts of vc tools were on display, including, but not limited to: LifeSize, Polycom, Tandberg (Cisco). Content providers from all over where connected for demos, like this  one from the Royal Botanical Garden in Canada!

SIP & H.323 – How Does it Work?

What’s Up with SIP?
by Janine Lim | April 18, 2011 | Categories: Techie Stuff | URL: http://wp.me/pmtK-13a

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!