Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Career Connection program use IVC to enhance vocational curriculum

The students from Career Connections, Avon’s alternative school and the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School in Piqua Ohio discussed the career of pipe fitting with two certified HVAC sheet metal and pipe fitting supervisors from a local company. The students listen to a short presentation about the career and its benefits then had an opportunity to ask questions.

Through a partnership with WVIZ Idea Stream Channel 25 the Avon Local Schools has access to several career programs with a variety of vocational trades. While a videoconference to pipe fitters in Cleveland is not as glamorous as a virtual surgery or a connection to a foreign county. The program is a great enhancement to our alternative schools career programming.

LCDLC Program Opportunities

LCDLC Updates for April 10, 2006


View the video update highlights at http://lcdlc.lorainesc.k12.oh.us/streaming.htm


The FREE Math and Science Gumbo Professional Development Opportunity has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 3:30-4:30pm over your schools videoconferencing system.

Weights, measures, cooking times and temps, physical and chemical changes … you name it and the Kitchen Mathematician will beat, mix, blanche, toast, boil and fricassee food to explore the math and science that goes into cooking.

Math and Science Gumbo takes the unique approach of using food and cooking to teach many principles of math and science. The series focuses on math concepts like unit pricing, fractions, estimation, units of measurement, area and so on. On the science side, the series looks at the concepts of physical and chemical change, preservation, refrigeration, enzymes, microorganisms and gas laws. Math and Science Gumbo is tied to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.

WNEO will provide each teacher with a curriculum packet containing a teacher’s guide, worksheets and a video. There are over 20 lesson plans and activities designed for grades 3-6, but can easily be adapted to other grades and curricula.

Teachers can view the online materials at http://www.pbs4549.org/gumbo/index.htm

To sign up for this program contact Paul Hieronymus. Phiero@Leeca.org

Please list the connecting site and the amount of teachers attending.

Kits have been distributed to the schools previously scheduled. Additional teachers and sites will receive materials before or shortly after the videoconference.




We're piloting a new program this year with our local Korea and Vietnam War Veterans. It's called Lest We Forget, and is based on a series of videos we made of our local veterans. Students watch the video, read articles and bios, participate in lessons on that particular war, and then prepare quality questions for the veterans.

I have a few spots left in the interviews with our veterans. You can read about the project online and also register online as well. We'd love to have you join us!

Korea: April 26: 3 sessions with 3 slots each: 9:30-10:30; 10:45-11:45; and 1:00-2:00 EST
Vietnam: May 23: 3 sessions with 3 slots each: 9:30-10:30; 10:45-11:45; and 1:00-2:00 EST


Janine Lim
Instructional Technology Consultant
Berrien County ISD
711 St. Joseph Ave.
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Ph: (269) 471-7725x101
Fax: (269) 471-1221
Web: http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl
Blog: http://bcisdvcs.wordpress.com/


Dear Partners in Education!

We want to let you know about a very exciting educational opportunity taking place on April 14, 2006 at 1:30pm-2:15pm Central and 2:30pm-3:15pm Central, and April 17, 2006 at 11:10am-11:55am Central and 12:10pm-12:55pm Central! Join us for videoconferences in which NASA Astronauts becoming Aquanauts onboard the Aquarius Underwater Habitat! Your students will be able to ask questions to the Aquanauts "live" during the program!

NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) is looking forward to it's 9th mission to the Aquarius habitat. This mission will be a collective effort between NASA and The Canadian Space Agency. The primary goal of this mission is focusing on long-distance health care such as telemonitoring and telerobotic surgery. This technology could be the key to maintaining the wellness of future spacefarers and responding to medical emergencies on the International Space Station, the moon or Mars!

If you're looking for a way to capture your students' attention while teaching them science and technology concepts in the context of real research, then this is the project you've been searching for!

The crew will use the undersea habitat as practice for long-duration space habitation, living in a volume similar to the habitation module of the International Space Station off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

General Aquarius Information

The NEEMO missions are a cooperative project of NASA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Undersea Research Center (NURC) and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). They use Aquarius, the only undersea research laboratory in the world, which is owned by NOAA and managed by UNCW. The 14-meter-long (45 feet) by 4-meter-diameter (13 feet) underwater home and laboratory operates 4.5 kilometers (3 miles) off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Similar in size to the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module, it is situated next to deep coral reefs and provides life support systems that allow scientists to live and work in reasonably comfortable quarters. The facility is supported by a 10-meter life support buoy on the surface which provides power, life support and communication requirements. There is also a shore-based "mission control" which supports all Aquarius missions with 24-hour mission monitoring. This mission also will be supported by JSC's Exploration Planning and Operations Center (ExPOC) control room, simulating the interactions between astronauts and control rooms on spaceflights. http://www.uncw.edu/aquarius/

To participate, your school must have videoconferencing capabilities. For more information on technical requirements: http://nasadln.nmsu.edu/dln/content/techinfo/

If you would like to be placed on the " we're interested" list, contact NASA's Digital Learning Network @ 281-244-7325, or e-mail jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov. Please respond immediately if you'd like to participate in this exciting event! When replying, the subject line must be: NEEMO 9

Please reply with the following information:
Your name:
Your email:
Your telephone number:
Your school's name:
Your school's state:
Student grade levels:
Regional Service Center your school is part of, if applicable:

Thank you, NASA Digital Learning Network
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 281-244-7325


Have you taken RFID home with you? RFID chips, tiny tracking devices the size of a speck of dust, can be used to secretly identify you and the things you're carrying.
Data can be read right through clothes, wallet, backpack, and purse.

What will the future look like when every belonging is marked with a unique number identifiable with the swipe of a scanner; when the refrigerator or medicine cabinet keeps track of its contents; when the location of a car or a cell phone is always pinpoint-able; and even when signal-emitting microchips storing personal information might be implanted beneath the skin or embedded in inner organs?

Will personal privacy be discarded as every move is "tracked" into a database? What are the implications (pro and con) of RFID?

Join Vanderbilt Virtual School in this lively videoconference discussion on
THURSDAY, MAY 4 at 9:00 and 10:00 (CST).

Register at www.vanderbilt.edu/virtualschool/registration.htm

**Note the times are in Central Time Zone, Please add an hour to each start time**



COSI Columbus - Electronic Education Broadcast E-mail April 2006

You have indicated an interest in receiving information about distance education from COSI Columbus. If you know of others who would like to receive these updates or if you do not want them in the future, please respond to this email and let us know.

For further information on any of the events listed below or to schedule an event please see our web site at:
or call 1-888-819-2674.

Program Dates for Next School Year
Many of you are already asking when certain programs will be available next year. We are beginning to build our calendar and will be checking with various surgeons, hospitals, pathologists and other personnel to confirm the dates. Generally, we can't get confirmation of everything until late April. Once the dates are confirmed, you'll get them first through this email. Then we will post them on our web site and finally, we will open reservations for the '06-'07 school year on July 3 at 8:00 AM.

If you would like to request a topic for our Experts program, we can find someone and get them scheduled for next school year.

In Depth: Autopsy - Sold Out for both videoconference and live audiences.

Surgical Suite
Surgical Suite: Open Heart is sold out for the 2005-2006 school year, but Surgical Suite: Total Knee Replacement still has openings. We are also accepting schools on our waiting lists for dates that are already sold out. We are also still accepting reservations for those audiences that would like to come to COSI to see Surgical Suite: Total Knee Replacement. We have the following videoconference openings remaining for this school year:

Knee Surgery -
April 19, 2006 at 11:00 AM ET
May 10, 2006 at 8:45 AM ET
May 31, 2006 at 11:00 AM ET

Expert Special Events
COSI has a series of programs that connect Experts in science and technology with middle and high school students for a 15-20 minute presentation followed by a learner-led question and answer session. For further information on these events, please see our web site:
Event titles are listed below.


Nanotechnology, Plastics, and Your Future Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

Crash Scene Reconstruction
Monday, May 8, 2006, at 11:30 AM ET

Full listing of events for STUDENTS:

Forensics - Arson Investigation
Monday, April 10, 2006, at 11:30 AM ET

The Effects of ATP and Lactic Acid on Muscles and Exercise Monday, April 10, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Let's Get Physical*and Chemical for ELEMENTARY Students Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at 10:30 AM ET

Mapping the Brain
Thursday, April 20, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

Gene Therapy for Diseases of the Nervous System Thursday, April 20, 2006, at 10:30 AM ET

Forensics: Latent Prints
Friday, April 21, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

Genetics and Personalized Medicine - Current Options and a Vision of the Future - SOLD OUT Friday, April 21, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Forensic Dentistry
Monday, April 24, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

Nanotechnology, Plastics, and Your Future Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

The Battle of Intellect: Humans vs. Machines Friday, April 28, 2006, at 10:30 AM ET

Genetically Profiling Cancer
Friday, April 28, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Black Holes
Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Forensic Entomology
Thursday, May 4, 2006, at 10:30 AM ET

Obesity in America: Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Thursday, May 4, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Crash Scene Reconstruction
Monday, May 8, 2006, at 11:30 AM ET

Exploring Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents
Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

The Potential of Genetics and DNA, or Don't Not Analyze It!
Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 12:00 PM ET

Engineering: Bridges and More
Monday, May 15, 2006, at 12:30 PM ET

Chemical Engineering - What is it?
Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 11:00 AM ET

Conservation Biology of Ohio Amphibians
Thursday, May 18, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

Astrophysics: There's More Out There than Meets the Eye Thursday, May 18, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Exploring the Ocean with Robotic Submarines Monday, May 22, 2006, at 11:30 AM ET

Forensic Toxicology
Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at 1:00 PM ET

Forensic Handwriting Identification
Thursday, May 25, 2006, at 9:00 AM ET

To register for one of the above events, go to our online reservation system at https://education.cosi.org/eers/. Log into the system and click on the date of the program to register for the show. Or call 1-888-819-2674.

If you have a topic you'd like to see, please email us at electroniceducation@mail.cosi.org.

Gadget Works: Simple Machines for Grades 2-6 COSI is available for Gadget Works programs on (possible start times are indicated):

Monday, April 24 at 11:00AM ET
Tuesday, April 25 between 10:15AM and 11:00AM ET Friday, April 28 between 8:30AM and 9:00AM ET Monday, May 1 between 8:30AM and 9:00AM ET and between 11:45AM and 1:00PM ET Wednesday, May 3 between 8:30AM and 11:15AM ET Thursday, May 4 between 8:30AM and 9:00AM ET Monday, May 8 between 8:30AM and 9:00AM ET Tuesday, May 16 between 8:30AM and 9:30AM ET Monday, May 22 between 8:30AM and 9:00AM ET or between 12:45PM and 1:00PM ET Thursday, May 25 between 10:15AM and 11:15AM ET Friday, May 26 between 10:15AM and 11:00AM ET Tuesday, May 30 between 10:15AM and 11:00AM ET Wednesday, May 31 after 1:15PM ET Thursday, June 1 before 1:00PM ET Friday, June 2 at any time

To make a reservation for a Gadget Works show, select your desired day from the calendar on our reservation system and select "Request show not scheduled" at the bottom of the pop-up window. You may then request your Gadget Works show at your desired time and proceed to register your school for that show.

Further Information, Registration and Questions???
For further information on any of the programs listed above please see our web site:

To register for programs please visit our online reservation system at https://education.cosi.org/eers/ or call: 1-888-819-2674.

Questions: e-mail: electroniceducation@mail.cosi.org

We look forward to connecting with you in the future!

Gail Wheatley
Director of Electronic Education

Electronic Education
COSI Columbus reservations: 1-888-819-COSI ext.0 or on web site web site: www.cosi.org
e-mail: electroniceducation@mail.cosi.org



To help teachers with limited to non existent budgets for videoconferencing I created a list of content providers that do not charge for their programs.

See the attached document for a list of FREE content providers.

Please note that every content provider is different and the cost of their programs does not always indicate the quality of their programming.

** Attached Document**

Searchable Content Provider Databases

LCDLC(NOECA) http://lcdlc.lorainesc.k12.oh.us/contentproviders.htm
NOECA Intercom http://intercom.noeca.esu.k12.oh.us/intercom/tcn.htm
SchoolVoice http://www.schoolvoice.org/default.htm
CILC http://www.cilc.org/default.aspx
BCISD http://dl.remc11.k12.mi.us/programs01/FMPro?-db=programs01&-lay=Browse%20Programs&-format=search.htm&-view
Noodle Trip http://www.noodletrip.com/

Paul Hieronymus
Educational Consultant
Lorain County Distance Learning Consortium