In 2004, the culmination of research and planning by Alabama Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Distance Learning was the launch of the Alabama ACCESS Distance Learning Initiative. This initiative had one central vision: "to provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning opportunities." During this session, Melinda and Earlene will share some of the critical elements that have made the ACCESS program a success, and also discuss the paradigm shift this program has fostered within Alabama's public education system.
- Presented by Dr. Melinda Maddox, Director, Technology Initiatives, and Earlene Patton, ACCESS Program Administrator
ASHS is an innovative forward-looking school and holds the accolade of being the first New Zealand high school running entirely on open source software. Join us for this introduction to a Web 2.0 tool that is bringing educators around the world together to experience the power of Wikis in education, and to explore the power of community to create and share open educational resources. Teachers from the US and abroad will share their experience with the tools. - Featuring WikiEducator Mark Osborn, Deputy Principal at Albany Senior High School (ASHS), just north of Auckland, New Zealand; hosted by Ruth Rominger, NROC's Director of Learning Design.
This webinar takes a look at the educational potential of the avatar-filled virtual world of Second Life. Learn from experienced practitioners as they share examples of using the 3D environment to bring new dimensions to instruction, as well as efforts to develop "in-world" professional development resources to support teachers.
- Presented by Debi Crabtree from Hamilton County Virtual School and Cheryl Comstock from CCCOnline and the Colorado Community College System
This webinar features two pioneering initiatives that bring affordable, accessible and adaptable textbook alternatives to the classroom. Learn more about the efforts in California and Florida to develop, publicize and distribute these resources nationwide.
- Presented by Susie Henderson, Florida Distance Learning Consortium, Director of the Orange Grove Repository and Jacky Hood, Director of College Open Textbooks
With mounting pressures on school districts to ramp up technology while tackling diminishing budgets and staffing resources, the San Diego County Office of Education decided on an innovative route to offer Instructional Technology Services. SDCOE teamed with software partners to build their own private cloud computing platform through which they offer a myriad of IT services to their districts, including secure access to files, applications, teaching tools, project sites and more. The Internet provides the gateway to SDCOE 's own "Cloud Connect" offering users a single site, a single log-in and access to everything they need as a student, teacher, or administrator. Take a tour of the site with one of its architects and learn how Cloud technology could benefit your district, agency, or institution.
Presented by Greg Ottinger, Technical Integration Architect