Friday, March 24, 2006

Hola East Liverpool, Ohio

Mrs. Ventresco a Spanish teacher at Avon High School uses videoconferencing to help kindergarten students from North Elementary School in East Liverpool learn Spanish in an effort to improve language development. Avon is working with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and are looking to add a school in Mexico later in the year to enhance the program.

Avon High School and North Elementary School connect once a week to learn new words in Spanish and to share the activities they have completed with the previous words. Avon High School students take turns coming in during their lunch periods to work with the students.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

IVC helps make Science Night a huge success

If videoconferencing is going to be a part of your science curriculum then it has to be part of special events. Avon Heritage Science Night is a major event for Avon Heritage North and South. For two years the science committee has made videoconferencing one of the showcase events at science night and this years crowd was the largest yet.

Leslie McNutt a naturalist from the Lorain County Metro Parks gave snippets of her cold and slimy and the catch me if you can lessons to students and parents from the French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield, Ohio. Using live animals, nests and feathers the students were treated to a great demonstration.

For the distance learning program this was a great opportunity to promote our usage and to answer questions from the parents. This spring our district is going to the voters for money which is always a never racking time. Discussions and handouts promoted distance learning as a cost saving item for the school system and emphasized the grants that were used for the purchase of the systems.

While we hate to play the role of Oliver Twist asking “for more please”, programs like the science fair and our participation provides parents and community members with an opportunity to see how wisely their money is being spent.

Some of my favorite parent comments….

So that is what my son has been talking about these last couple of weeks!

I wish we had that when I was in school!

When can I do a videoconference?

Monday, March 20, 2006

LCDLC Updates 3/20/06

LCDLC Updates:


Checkout the highlights on our video at


Hi All,Please find attached two flyers. One on Best Practice Sessions and one on Career Sessions. Please forward this to your teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors.Thanks,--

LuAnne Jackson
Technology Director
Tuscarawas-Carroll-Harrison Educational Service Center
834 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Phone: 330-308-9939 ext. 250
Fax: 330-308-0964


Please forward this email and attachment to Family and Consumer Science Teachers in your districts. They need to review the two Family Consumer Science meetings in the attachment. If you are able to come, visit the state website to register. We look forward to hosting you.Carol (Bodeen) ThomasApollo Career CenterThanx....LS


HealthSpace Cleveland would like to invite your school to receive a free distance learning program that focuses on girls’ health and adolescence. HealthSpace Cleveland is celebrating 70 years of providing knowledge for life through health education, hands-on exhibits, outreach and distance learning programs. The first health museum in North America, HealthSpace Cleveland exists to promote health and wellness within the schools and communities we serve through education and creative partnerships.The free Girls 2 Women distance learning program is for girls only, grades 6-9 and taught by women who are certified health educators from HealthSpace Cleveland. Girls 2 Women provides a comfortable and supportive environment for talking about issues related to girls’ health and adolescence. During this program, we will discuss factors that influence good health, including: nutrition, physical activity, hygiene, female anatomy, pap smears, breast health, menstruation, appropriate use of feminine hygiene products and toxic shock syndrome. This program meets National Health Education Standards and is made possible by Tampax Health Education Division.The Girls 2 Women program is 40 to 50 minutes and can be scheduled per your convenience and class schedule. Your school must have access to distance learning or videoconference connectivity. The program is an interactive videoconference presentation with discussion and demonstrations using images, props and models. Time is allotted to answer questions from your students.Your free Girls 2 Women distance learning program must be registered at least two weeks in advance. This is a limited time offer. For more information on the Girls 2 Women free distance learning program and for instructions on scheduling your program visit and click on the "For More Information" link. From there, you can access the Tampax website as well as registration information for the course. For more information, please contact HealthSpace Cleveland’s Girls 2 Women DL Program Coordinator, Charita Boseman at 216-231-6905 or



In case you have not seen this. It is a contest for teachers to enter to win a free document camera. I thought you might want to send it out to your teachers.



Colleagues, Please help us circulate the announcement below in your areas.General registration for the upcoming Megaconference Jr. 2006 event has now opened. Please go to: and click on the "Register" link. Read the explanation and review the schedule and presentations prior to completing the registration. You now have the ability to interact live with one of the presentations. You will be asked to make your selection towards the end of the registration form. When you have completed all fields click the "Submit" button. You should receive an email confirmation.The interactive registrations with presenters are on a first come first serve basis. Once we have five for each presentation, interactive registration will be closed. General registration will continue through April 28, 2006. You will receive an email from the technical testing team to do an initial test of your videoconferencing system. Once your endpoint has been verified you will see your name/site added to the list of 2006 participants. Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested either as a participant or a presenter site, anywhere in the world.Can't wait to see everyone on May 18th!- Megaconference Jr. Strategic Planning Committee--Jennifer Oxenford Associate Director, MAGPI jmacdoug@magpi.netphone: 215.898.0341cell: 267.322.0036fax: 215.898.9348www.magpi.net215-74MAGPI (215-746-2474)


March 2006
Spring Programs

Dear Educators,
This special edition of Voice of IDeaS is devoted to one of our partner content provider's international program series, and a follow-up opportunity to our popular Iditarod distance learning program. Read below for more information about the programs that interest you.
Hurry! The registration deadlines are approaching quickly for some of the programs and interactive slots are limited.
The Iditarod

Back by POPULAR Demand
The week of February 21st, Lynda Plettner, our favorite grandmother musher, delivered seven distance learning programs to schools across the country. The evaluations were fabulous, but unfortunately we had to turn away interested schools due to limited space. Lynda has graciously agreed to do additional programs after the Iditarod concludes.
Our hope is to to offer two different programs. The first is meant to be a follow-up for those schools who already connected with Lynda and share what they have learned from their own research following this year's race. The second program will be a combination of Iditarod background, supplies, dogs, etc., and the 2006 Iditarod race. The second offering is really meant for a first time Iditarod distance learning program school.
While we are finalizing program logistics, we are trying to gauge school interest. These programs are appropriate for grades 4-6 and will be offered the second week in April. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please email Linda Lentz at Future correspondence regarding this program will be sent directly to those who are interested.
Click here to get the latest information on the 2006 Iditarod.
Global Nomads Group

Mozambique Alive!
Students in the US and Mozambique will travel on an educational journey, teaching and learning together. A series of classroom-to-classroom and remote broadcast conferences (with experts speaking from remote locations) will provide a collaborative global education experience. Culture and Beauty: we will explore Mozambique through local food, music, dancing, world cultural sites and wildlife. History: we will look at Mozambique since their independence, addressing issues such as the civil war and the Ex-Child Soldier.
Program Listing:
We are as one (breaking the ice) Provides students the opportunity to share their community and cultures with their international peers through song, dance or by showing objects of cultural significance. (Followed by a question and answer period.)
What are our similarities, what are our differences? The second videoconference will be a continuation of the first session dedicated to learning about each other's cultures. (Followed by a question and answer period.)
Community Development in Maputo. GNG will broadcast remotely from Maputo, where youth growing up in a local garbage dump have been rescued through a program called FUTESCOLA. Participants will meet Armando Inroga, the founder of FUTESCOLA; Tracy Perreault from another non-profit, Right to Play; and will also hear from the youth that were rescued.
An 18th Century Cathedral, a Pot and a Pan. The fourth videoconference is devoted to learning about the town of Inhambane, the capital of Inhambane province. We will gain insight into the culture by looking at local household goods, visiting a busy market place and exploring a beautiful 18th century cathedral that still stands.
Independence and Civil War. Students in the US will present the US civil war and independence, and Mozambican students will talk about Mozambican independence from the Portuguese and the civil war that ensued up to the early 1990s.
Gender Issues I. In the spirit of International Women's Day (March 8), we will produce a remote broadcast from a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to improve life for Mozambican women. Students will learn about the different challenges women are facing in this country, and the initiatives that exist to help them.
Gender Issues II. We will facilitate a discussion between Mozambican and American participants around the topic of gender issues with an expert from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund .
A Wild Elephant? No, Many Wild Elephants. A look at Mozambican beauty through the country’s wildlife.
What have we Learned? Solutions and Collaboration. Summary of all the broadcasts. How can students sustain their friendship? Methods will be discussed on how to collaborate on a project addressing one of the issues students were exposed to.
Program time and costs are provided on the GNG website, along with other pertinent information. These programs are appropriate for a high school age audience. Some sessions have interactive slots available, however register as soon as possible if you are interested, as these slots will fill very quickly. Registration deadline is a week before the program date.
If you have any questions about any of the programs, contact David Macquart with Global Nomads Group at 212-529-0377 or
Click here to learn more and register for programs.

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Good News!
"Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promise Land" Distance Learning Program is Now Available!

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is proud to present its newest distance learning program utilizing two-way videoconferencing that allows students to ‘travel back in time’.

The distance learning program engages students in an interactive discussion with an instructor who portrays a ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad.
Our trained instructor guides your students through an interactive discussion illustrating the divide in the country over the issue of slavery, as well as the function of the Underground Railroad.

The program, as well as the pre and post lesson material utilizes maps, photographs, paintings, real-life accounts and historic documents.Students will discover the answers to the following questions- “Where was the ‘Promise Land’?”, “What challenges and risks did runaway slaves and their helpers face?”, “What forms of communication and codes were used on the Underground Railroad?”

Equipment Requirements: IP or ISDN connection (minimum 128K connection speed)
Program Specifications: Grade Level: 3rd-7th grades Format: videoconference Duration: 45 minutes Fee: $150. (remote locations dial-in)
Support Kit for Teachers includes:
· Tips on preparing for a videoconference
· Background information about the Underground Railroad and slavery.
· Learning objectives
· Pre and post conference activities

If you have any questions feel free to contact me!
Courtnay E. Hull
Director of Education
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization
111 Main Street Stony
Brook, NY 11790
(631) 751-2244


Friends and Colleagues,

Before Spring Break gets here, remember to schedule your videoconferences for April and May. Cincinnati Museum Center is a multidisciplinary museum of both human and natural history, and the final months of its inaugural year of videoconferencing is filling up quickly. Programs range from dinosaurs to immigration and from ecology to the Civil War, so there is a topic for everyone. Each program can be modified, within reason, to fit into your existing curriculum and course of study. We're also one of the more affordable non-governmental content providers at only $90 per 45-minute session (professional development sessions offered at no charge).

What others are saying about us:

* "This program dovetailed nicely with our curriculum." -- Wisconsin Science Teacher
* "The format the presenter used keep the children engaged at all times." -- New Jersey Social Studies Teacher
* "The artifacts that the students were able to view really helped to solidify concepts in the minds of the students." -- New York Social Studies Teacher
* "It was so informative, interactive, and it met the goals of our curriculum and inquiry unit while introducing the students to new technology." -- UK School Technology Coordinator
* "The students were engaged throughout the program. It also made a connection to our state which was important for the students." -- Texas Science Teacher
* "It was wonderful to have a guide who spent so much time discussing our visions for this process as well as our desired really enhanced our experience to have personal, one on one communication with our guide." -- Edmonton, Alberta Social Studies Teacher

I hope that you'll explore our options as you put the final touches on a successful school year. Visit the program website at or call the CMC Reservations Line toll-free to schedule now at 1-800-733-2077 x7021. A list of programs and descriptions is available below.


Walk in My Shoes: Paleontologist
Grades K-4
How does a paleontologist do her job? What tools are required to examine rocks that are millions of years old? What do fossils tell us about life 65 million years ago? This session examines these questions and more, allowing students to see into the life of a scientist.

Ice Age Geology
Grades 4-8
Glaciers scrape and scour the land beneath them, leaving the Earth forever changed after they recede. Participants examine the rocks and geologic formations left behind by the giant sheets of ice and snow that covered much of North America 13,000 to 17,000 years ago.

Three Centuries of Ecology
Grades 6-12
The relationship between humans and the environment is a delicate one that requires constant observation and measurement. This program explores how the human view of the environment has changed over the past 300 years, and how technology is helping us to better understand the world around us.


Life on the Ohio River: Before European Contact Grades 2-6 For more than 12,000 years before the first Europeans arrived in the Ohio River Valley, various Native American cultures made this area their home. Session participants explore the tools and skills required to survive in this environment, and look at how scientists are learning more about these ancient cultures through ongoing research.

Civil War: The Borderlands
Grades 3-8
Through photographs, prints, maps, music and other period materials, participants study territorial expansion, compromises, historical figures, economics, causes, course and effects of the Civil War. This program is based on an exhibit designed by Cincinnati Museum Center called Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit, currently touring the United States.

Bring Me Your Tired, Your Poor...
Grades 6-12
America is a land of immigrants of various nationalities, cultures and religions. This session explores immigration, both voluntary and involuntary, and its impact on the American identity. Discussions include "native" movements and federal immigration policy, and can be adapted based on the focus of participating students.
y curriculum with pre- and post-session activities available on-line. All programs are delivered live by Museum educators.


Introduction to Videoconferencing
Join Cincinnati Museum Center educators and developers in a discussion of videoconferencing with your in-service and pre-service teachers. Based on ongoing research and models of best practice, these sessions provide insight into choosing the right program for your classroom and how videoconferencing can be integrated into an existing curriculum.

How to Eat an Elephant
This half-hour session explores how to create a meaningful experience for teachers and students when visiting any museum. Non-formal learning environments-including museums, zoos and science centers-are an invaluable resource for extending classroom instructions. Participants will learn strategies for inquiry-based instruction and how to conduct a site assessment before taking students "into the field."

Jason A. Dennison
Manager, Educational Initiatives
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45238 USA
Voice: +1 (513) 763-2315
Mobile: +1 (513) 377-1585
IP Video:


Dear Collaboration Collage,

Please review the following request for partners regarding a debate on the Death Penalty. If interested, please contact Kristy Cashioli at

Thank you,

Chris Monroe
Oakcrest High School Distance Learning Coordinator

-----Original Message-----
From: "Kristin Cashioli" <>
Sent: 2/28/2006 3:10:00 PM
Subject: Death Penalty Debate

Could you put out feelers to find us a high school that would be willing to debate the death penalty? I was hoping to do it sometime during the week after the HSPA. I would like to debate using the following proposition and format:

Resolved, that the use of capital punishment should be abolished in all states.

Opening Statement (4 minutes)
Rebuttal (4 minutes)
Question & Answer Period (6 minutes) Closing Statement (4 minutes) Our class would be willing to argue for or against the proposition.


Kristin Cashioli
Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District


The Roper Mountain Science Center Distance Learning program is seeking videoconferencing sites for the following two courses offered for the

Introduction to Educational Robotics June 19-22, 2006
9:00-1:00 EST
This course introduces the principles of robotics as a subject matter and as a tool to be used in many educational environments. Teachers build two types of robots from kits-a robotic arm and a small programmable robot-- and experience first-hand how these educational "assistants" can impact learning. Teachers will use the robots to problem solve challenges for math, science, and language arts. Kits are provided with course. Costs per teacher: $199. No graduate credit offered.

Lego Inventor Support Series July 10-13, 2006 9:00-1:00
Have you purchased a MIndstorms Team Challenge or Robo Tech kit and want a refresher course on how to use it? Teachers provide their own previously purchased kit and laptop with RoboLab software installed. (It is possible for teams of 2-3 to share a kit and a laptop. Kits may also be borrowed from Lego for use only during this course.) Costs: $199 per teacher. No graduate credit offered.

If you have at least eight teachers interested, have access to videoconferencing equipment (IP or ISDN), and want to be a site for either or both of these courses, call or email Shirley Smith at
864-355-8923 or at You may also call or email if you have any questions about participating. For more information about Roper Mountain Science Center, a facility of Greenville County Schools, or the distance learning program, go to

DL Liasions and Tech Coordinators:
Please distribute the attached information your teachers. Slots are still available for our Careers in Fashion Design and Careers with the IRS programs.
Thank you.
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John R. Ramicone Director of Distance Learning Services-WVIZ/NOTA 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 phone: 216-916-6360 fax: 216-916-6361 email:

The attached flier outlines a fantastic 3-day, 1-credit course on classroom management. The instructor is nationally known educator Dr. Bob Fathman. The class meets just three days, April 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 -7:45 p.m.
If you are interested in registering please contact Ohio State Admissions at (740)-725-6337 or e-mail -- Ellen Sheaffer Graphic Illustrator The Ohio State University at Marion 1465 Mt. Vernon Ave. Marion Ohio 43302 (740) 725-6216