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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.

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.

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!

2011 Teacher’s Favorite Awards from Berrien RESA

In the spring of 2011, Berrien RESA hosted Teacher’s Favorite Awards to select the Best Content Providers for the 2010-2011 school year.

Berrien RESA has been listing content providers’ programs since 2000. As the most comprehensive database of videoconference content providers, it has been used nationally since 2002 and sponsored by Polycom since 2003. The Teachers’ Favorite Awards program started in 2006 and runs annually in May.

To see the complete list of winning content providers, click on the ribbon. Below are some of the St. Louis area’s favorite videoconference content providers who made the list!

Best Space Science Museums & Organizations includes NASA Digital Learning Network; Best Science Museums and Organizations includes LearnNCO; Best Art Museums & Organizations includes Center for Puppetry Arts; and Best War Museums & Organizations  includes The National WWII Museum.

The winners were decided by educators who took part in voting this spring; this year there were 445 votes from 29 U.S. states, plus the United Kingdom and Australia. Highest voting states were New York, Ohio, and Texas.

(remember that they sponsor the Berrien RESA-Polycom VC Content Providers Database) randomly awarded prizes to the people who participated in survey and provided their contact information. I think you may recognize one of the names on this list….!

  • Amanda Lewis, Abbotsleigh Junior School, Wahroonga, NSW, Australia
  • Elisabeth Miller, North Royalton Middle School, North Royalton, OH
  • Judy Kuhns, Spring-Ford Area School District, Royersford, PA
  • Stephanie Madlinger, Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Patsi Magara, CABOCES , Portville Elementary School, Portville, NY
  • Wendy Watson, Stewart County Middle School, Dover, TN

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!