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New Links News

Coming soon– look for a blog post about our newly restructured New Links subscription! We’ve consulted with members on how to improve our nationally-recognized distance learning program for our schools, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. Here’s a little tease… instead of pricing based on the number of videoconference systems a district/school uses, the annual subscription will be selected from one of four available tiers. Intrigued? Learn more by checking back here next week.

Ruth Litman-Block Retires

At the end of June, Ruth Litman-Block retired as Director of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts. Ruth started working  at Cooperating School Districts in 1998 as the manager of a grant CSD received from Southwestern Bell to integrate two-way interactive videoconferencing into schools in the St. Louis metro area.  To accomplish this purpose, she developed New Links to New Learning, our videoconferencing program.  Videoconferences she helped develop include the distance learning programs of Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS), our three-part author series, dual credit high school classes over videoconference in collaboration with St. Louis Community College, and the ACT prep class over videoconference we offer annually.

Since 1998, New Links has connected thousands of St. Louis area students to videoconferences with authors, experts and content providers from around the world. In 2009, New Links to New Learning was honored as a Laureate by The Computerworld Honors Program after being nominated by Polycom, Inc. The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society.

In 2001, Ruth became the Director of the VLC. During her tenure as Director, Ruth obtained almost a million dollars in equipment donations and grants for CSD. As part of her own professional development, she became a SMART certified trainer, eMINTS  PD4ETS trainer, and an Intel trainer. In addition, Ruth holds Master degrees in English and Adult Education. Ruth feels that preparing teachers to move  students to higher achievement levels by integrating rich technology lessons into their classroom practices is vital for success in our schools. She will continue to work with the VLC part-time for the 2010-2011 school year, so she she will be around CSD.

Congrats to Ruth Litman-Block for a job well done in her 12 years in the Virtual Learning Center!


New Links to New Learning: Computerworld Honors Program Laureate and 21st Century Achievement Award Finalist

honorsNew Links to New Learning, the Distance Learning program of Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center, has been named a 2009 Laureate of The Computerworld Honors Program.

The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society. Over 150 worldwide companies & organizations were honored as Laureates in Washington, D.C., on June 1.

At the awards ceremony, New Links to New Learning was named one of five finalists for the 21st Century Achievement Award in the Media, Arts & Entertainment category. There were only 50 Finalists for 2009, five in each of 10 categories of nomination. “We are delighted for this honor,” says Ruth Litman-Block, Director of CSD’s Virtual Learning Center. “We enjoy helping students achieve and learn through technology and the dedicated  of our team at CSD.”

As part of its Laureate status, the New Links to New Learning Case Study will be included in the National Archives for researchers and other individuals to access. The program was nominated for the award by Polycom., Inc.

Established in 1998, New Links to New Learning is one of the oldest distance learning programs in the country. Over interactive videoconference, VLC has connected thousands of students to videoconferences around the world to enrich curriculum and create global citizenship.

The Computerworld Honors Program, established in 1988, brings together the principals of the world’s foremost information technology companies to recognize and document the achievements of the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world, whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change.

New Links to New Learning: 2009 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate

computerworld awardAccording to its website, “established in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program brings together the principals of the world’s foremost information technology companies to recognize and document the achievements of the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world, whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change.”

And we have just received word that the Virtual Learning Center‘s Case Study for “New Links to New Learning” (our videoconference program) has been received and approved as a “Laureate” for 2009 by Computerworld Honors Program, (which is governed by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation). Polycom nominated New Links to New Learning to Computerworld for consideration.

The Computerworld Honors Program, believes in Honoring Those Who Use Information Technology to Benefit Society. Their website states “once documentation has been reviewed and accepted, the nominees become Program Laureates, and their Case Studies become part of the Program’s Global Archives. The information becomes available to researchers, students and scholars through www.cwhonors.org, and through digital records housed in national archives in over 100 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world.”

The Laureate Medal Ceremony and the Gala Awards take place on June 1, 2009. The venue is the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

What a great way to celebrate 10 years of New Links to New Learning videoconferencing at Cooperating School Districts!