Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Attending the Ohio E-Tech Conference? Check out these IDVL programs!

Monday, February 13, 2006 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM) Session 1

Growing Videoconferencing Beyond Grants Interested in increasing your teacher's interest and use of videoconferencing? Join us as we share a proven and successful model for professional development. The Lorain County Distance Learning Consortium actively has over 150 teachers using IVDL & conducted approximately one thousand videoconferences during the 2004/2005 school year.
Presenter: Miller, Dave Lorain County DLCLocation: E150

Monday, February 13, 2006 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) Session 2

Expanding the Walls of the Classroom through a Portable Satellite Dish Through the use of portable videoconferencing technology, students can break down the walls of their classroom by bringing rich, real world experiences to their education. Learn how this technology can be used to enhance your teaching as well.
Presenter: Vincent, Jim SPARRCLocation: E150

Monday, February 13, 2006 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) Session 3

Researchers Wanted: Distance Learning at the Alaska SeaLife Center Why are Steller sea lions declining? Researchers at the Alaska SeaLife Center need your help to find out. Using hands-on, research-based, multimedia interactive videoconferencing, students will visit and work in Alaska to help solve some of our most pressing environmental and scientific problems. We will have animal "guests" and mimic real scientific work being done at the SeaLife Center.
Presenter: Simon, Rachel Alaska SeaLife CenterLocation: E150

Monday, February 13, 2006 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) Session 4

Medical Investigations: Connecting Health and Science to Promote Wellness Using gross facts, fun games and intriguing demonstrations, HealthSpace Cleveland IVDL programs engage students in thoughtful discussions and activities that encourage them to make informed decisions that prevent disease, promote wellness and foster academic success. Learn about standards-based programs from HealthSpace that tie in with school curriculum and give your students knowledge for life.
Presenter: Bills, Thomas HealthSpace ClevelandLocation: E150

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM) Session 1

Student Created Standards-Based Math Lessons The best way to learn a subject is to teach it. Following this adage, middle school students have been creating standards-based math lessons to teach to their peers. This session will focus on content delivery via direct teaching and video distance learning. Learn how to develop this type of lesson in your own setting. Students will connect via IVDL to showcase their created lessons and materials.
Presenter: Garton, Steve Trumbull County ESCLocation: E150

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) Session 2

COSI Columbus--In Depth: Autopsy See a real autopsy! Conference attendees will join a COSI multipoint videoconference with student participants. Join students for a truly memorable learning experience asking questions and interacting with a forensic pathologist while watching a taped autopsy. Onsite COSI team members will answer questions about the program, kit materials and program registration. WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT
Presenter: Wheatley, Gail COSI ColumbusLocation: E150

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) Session 3

High School Trigonometry via Distance Learning...It Really Can Work! LIVE IVDL class session from Bluffton, Ohio! See how one teacher's desire to re-energize a trigonometry lesson, developed into a yearly IVDL session for a high school trigonometry class. This session is an example of using IVDL to import a guest instructor who presents a role-playing excersise that requires students to apply trigonometry formulas to reach a critical decision.
Presenter: Baker, Melvin Bluffton MSLocation: E150

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) Session 4

Out of this World without Leaving Class Learn how the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) simulation Moon, Mars, and Beyond turn students into active problem-solvers. Elementary students assume the roles of scientists within three specialist teams: Transmission Team, Navigation Team or Cargo Team. The students are assigned to one of five outer planet teams during the distance-learning videoconference.
Presenter: Shia, Jackie Challenger Learning CenterLocation: E150

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM) Session 1

Middle School Math Magic Discover the ways content providers of University Circle Interactive, Cleveland (UCIC) embed mathematical challenges in their videoconferencing. Math challenges through distance learning programs can be captivating and fun for students. Math standards are aligned to in many UCIC programs--from measuring and drawing portraits to understanding how automobiles work to calculating your caloric intake.
Presenter: Kreisman, Sandy UCIC Location: E150

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) Session 2

Hola, Amigos: A Primary Language and Culture Exchange With Mexico This session will demonstrate the integration of technology with foreign language, English language arts and social studies through an interactive culture and language exchange. A kindergarten class in East Liverpool will connect to their friends at Instituto Thomas Jefferson to share their pilot model lessons and demonstrate the effectiveness of videoconferencing for student learning.
Presenter: Straub, Carol Ed.S Columbiana County ESCLocation: E150

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM) Session 3

Chapters: A Collaborative Online and Videoconference Writing Project Chapters is a collaborative web-based and videoconference writing activity. Come see three second grade classes present via videoconference a chapter book that they collaboratively wrote online using the Chapters website. Participants will be entertained by this learning activity and will be given guidelines on how to implement a Chapters project or join the existing project.
Presenter: Mohr, Kathy NOECALocation: E150

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Session 4

Sliding Across the Curriculum: Electronically Bringing Baseball Education to Students Experience how technology can be a vital part of your curriculum using the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's standards based videoconference programs.
Presenter: Faria, Samantha Baseball Hall of FameLocation: E150

Graphing student projects

Students from Avon East Elementary School and Harris Elementary school in Amherst learn more about graphs and comparing data through videoconferencing. As part of their collaborative lessons the classes shared bar graphs on the document camera and discussed the differences in their data. The project allowed students to share their work and to demonstrate their knowledge of graphs.

This lesson was part of a year round collaboration as new teachers in the Lorain County Distance Learning Consortium. The partnership names Explores are 2nd grade students from Avon East and 4th grade students at Harris Elementary School. The teachers will be meeting again on Thursday to plan collaborative lessons for the next two months.

Way to go Explorers!

Monday, February 06, 2006

LCDLC Updates 2/6/06

Don’t miss out on the updates we’ve got for your schools this week!

** Don’t have time to read all the updates? Watch our video clip to catch the highlights!




Just a reminder to all of the teachers enrolled in the New Teacher group. Thursday January 9th at 8am at the Northern Ohio SERRC Center in Vermilion we will be meeting with an exciting agenda.

If you have not had a chance to send in your RSVP, please send an email to Liesa Wetzig at LWetzi@Leeca.org .


Live from the French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield, Ohio

The Lorain County Metro Parks is offering distance learning lessons to schools from the French Creek Nature Center. The programs are scheduled on demand and are aligned to Ohio’s Content Standards. The programs are FREE to Lorain County Schools and are only $40.00 to schools outside of the LCDLC consortium.

Have and idea or curriculum need? Lessons can be created with the Naturalist Staff at French Creek. To schedule a program or to learn more about the Lorain County Metro Parks programming call the French Creek Nature Center at 440.949.5200 or email Gary Gerrone at ggerrone@loraincountymetroparks.com

Ohio’s Wildlife

Have you ever thought about how many animals live in Ohio’s woods and fields? Many can be found in our own backyards or while walking through the parks. Birds and mammals are usually covered as well as amphibians and reptiles. Pelts, pictures and live animals are used.

Birds of Ohio

What makes a bird a bird?
Which one is fastest, smallest, or largest? Find out which birds live in Ohio and special adaptations.

Whatever the Weather

Weather forecasters use amazing and powerful tools to predict the weather. Weather comes down to the interaction of sun, water, and air. Find out how to observe and measure our weather, and how to make a forecast that is likely to come true!

Cold and Slimy?

Reptiles and Amphibians are not usually our favorite animals, but find out how cool they really are! Live animals, props and video clips are used.

Catch Me if You Can!

Animals can’t just go to the store for food. Find out how they hunt – and how those that are hunted protect themselves as we explore the predator/prey relationships of animals. Live animals and video clips will be used. Also students will test their skills.

Is This My Home?

Animals live in many different places. Find out what makes a suitable habitat for animals. Basic needs must be met. Explore what they are and how much of each are needed.

Birdfeeding 101

Attracting birds to our backyards is easy and fun. Find out what kinds of birds will come and what their favorite food is!


For the latest news on distance learning from the Cleveland Museum of Art see the attached newsletter.


The LCDLC and the University of Akron are looking for HS Government/Economics classes interested in participating in a budget simulation project using real data from the Federal Government. The event would be a 1 time 2 hour videoconference with multiple schools servicing as budget comities. The goal is to do what our Legislatures can not do, Balance the Federal Budget.

To see a video clip of this event see the following link. http://video.uakron.edu:81/ramgen/hard_choices/hard_choices_overview.rm**You must have Real Media Player to view this video**

Interested Schools can contact Dave Miller Dave.Miller@leeca.org or Paul Hieronymus Phiero@leeca.org.


Back by popular demand! - Islam and the US: a clash of cultures?
In this PULSE videoconferencing series, students explore the basic principles guiding Islam and debate whether the fastest growing religion in the world collides with American values.

Ahmed Younis, the Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is back by popular demand to provide participants a unique insight into his religion!

When: February 15th and 16th

More info: http://www.gng.org/programs/p_islam.html


The LCDLC, SPARKS ESC and WNEO PBS 45/49 have teamed up to provide teachers with materials and professional development sessions on curriculum units FREE of CHARGE.

February 22nd at 3:30 through videoconferencing WNEO PBS 45/49 will be presenting the curriculum unit and simulations on the AMA-Zone! The Rain Forest Project. Each teacher participating in the in-service will receive a hard copy of the teacher guide, a CD Rom of materials, and a DVD to be used with the simulations. There is no cost for the materials or to be part of the in-service. **Teachers must participate in the in-service to receive the materials**

To see more about this program and the online resources go to http://www.pbs4549.org/AMAZONE.HTM

Teachers can signup for this event by email to Paul Hieronymus Phiero@leeca.org



Just wanted to share a new educational video conference opportunity available through the Muskingum Valley ESC. Testing month is rapidly approaching, so why not schedule something that’s fun yet educational for your elementary classroom. Dates and times are currently booking for the following distance learning session. If you have a class interested, please call or email me to schedule your site.

Title: The Luck of the Irish!

Cost: $50.00 per site


This highly interactive session will take a look at the country and customs of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day will be discussed, however, many other educational skills will be used throughout this distance learning session. Don’t miss this fun social studies/literature lesson!

Here is a brief outline of this program:

Ireland, where is it? (maps and student discussion).
Who was St. Patrick?
4. History of St. Patrick, and Ireland facts discussed
What Luck! (students will brainstorm things that are considered lucky)
Story time
Author Discussion: Tomie DePaola
Counting Coins Activity
Scrambled Words Game
Acrostic Poem Time
12. “Green Foods” Puzzle
13. Wrap up! An Irish Slideshow

The Luck of the Irish!

Leslie Charles
Distance Learning Manager
Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center205 North 7th Street
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
740.452.4518 ext 133


The Dulcimer and Appalachian Music Video conferencing opportunity:

Space is available for THE DULCIMER AND APPALACHIAN MUSIC videoconference from Vanderbilt Virtual School on Thursday February 9 at 9:00 and 10:00. Register at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/virtualschool/registration.htm

The dulcimer is an American folk instrument and is an early example of rich cultural diversity. It's basically a Scots-Irish adaptation of a Pennsylvania Swiss-German instrument that became part of southern Appalachian culture. Sometimes the Appalachian dulcimer is called a hog fiddle or a Tennessee Music Box.

This videoconference will feature traditional and original mountain ballad singing accompanied by two dulcimers that have been featured in many musical styles ranging from classical to country, jazz, folk, Celtic and rock. Come and listen to the dulcimer in the hands of two master players and experience the rich, complex and versatile music of Appalachia.

Patsy Partin, M.Ed Vanderbilt University Virtual School 2007 Terrace Place Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 322-6384


Hello everyone,

Attached is a flyer on a professional development workshop pertaining to Guided Reading. Mr. Jeff Williams of Solon School District will be the presenter and this videoconference presentation is being coordinated by the Lake County Educational Service Center.

If interested in being a remote site for this February 23rd presentation please contact my assistant, Colleen Tannish at lc_tannish@lgca.org and she will arrange the scheduling. The cost for this workshop will be $75.00 per remote site and it will be available through an ATM protocol connection.

Michael Bloom, Director, Instructional Technology Lake County Educational Service Center
30 South Park Place Suite 320
Painesville, Ohio 44077
(440) 350-2563 ext 723 - Office 440-350-2566 - FAX
(216) 403-4019 - Cellular 722-0102 - ATM Number

See attached flyer

10) E-Tech Conference Event: “What’s New in Videoconferencing in Ohio Schools”

Mark your e-Tech Conference calendar for: "What's New in Videoconferencing in Ohio Schools"

When: February 14 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in Room E161 of the Columbus Convention Center

Leaders in Ohio’s videoconferencing field will conduct a panel discussion, which will be followed by targeted breakout discussions.

The panel will cover the following topics:

Aligned Resources. The Data-Driven Decisions for Academic Achievement (D3A2) project is a long-term initiative focused on developing the capacity of educators to have systemic access to data and aligned resources to improve instruction and student achievement. The implications for video distance learning content providers and teacher access to content provider programs will be discussed.

Integrating Other Technologies into Video Conferences. Distance learning programs have been used to enhance instruction to bring real life research, resources and expertise into the traditional classroom.Distance learning enthusiasts are now incorporating the use of a widevariety of technologies to enhance videoconferencing opportunities. Likewise, videoconferences should support the use of other technologies in the classroom. A variety of technologies such as blogs, forums, chats, e-mail, e-learning, Smartboards, video streaming, web sites, and Moodle can enhance the effectiveness of video conferences in our schools as well.

Migration from ATM to IP. Hear from several people about the transition from Ohio’s current videoconferencing protocol (ATM) to the new standard (IP). What tasks must take place to implement quality of service (QOS) at the state level, the ITC sites, districts, and local buildings so that IP video consistently looks and sounds good? When will OIT support IP videoconference bridging? Join our panel discussion where we’ll detail the current plans and timeline!

The Teachers’ Perspective on Videoconferencing. Teachers and coordinators will discuss the various ways that teachers can use videoconferencing to enhance their curriculum. The focus of the discussion will be on content providers, team-teaching, and collaborative projects.

All of this information in one hour! Please join us on Tuesday at the e-Tech Conference for an engaging and interactive discussion on Interactive Video Distance Learning.

Bob Stricker
150 E. Sixth Street
Franklin, OH 45005
Phone: 937.746.6333
or 800.964.8211