Monday, July 28, 2008

So long Avon, Hello ESC of Lorain County

It seems to have been a million years since I have had a chance to update my blog, but now is as good of time as any...

First off.. I need to chance the tittle. Earlier this year I had to make the most difficult professional descision since I graduated from college when I was offered a full time position at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. I have been splitting time with the Lorain County Distance Learning Consortium (LCDLC) and the Avon Schools for four great years. To leave the Avon Schools was not an easy descision. With the Avon Schools being an active member of my consortium and new programs starting at the ESC it just makes sense :)

Speaking of new programs at our ESC! This year we expanded our servics from IVC support to technology PD for classroom teachers. (We have been soing it for years, but now its official). We created a new consortium and services titled the Northern Ohio Research & Training Technology Hub NORT2H. The LCDLC will actually become a line item of the consortium providing our member schools more services and bang for their $$. Our first project was Video On Demand (VOD). We brought together Tech Coordinators /Teachers/ Librarians/ Administrators to the ESC to provide them with a presentation/evaluation of the three VOD products. Dave Miller and I presented the three systems equally and had them vote on their favorite. Once the voting was done we came up with a plan to purchase the server they wanted at a way the was most cost effective for the districts. We now have our Safari Montage Server up and runnning and look forward to working with our teachers integrate IVC and VOD to enahace student learning.

I start full time with the ESC this August. Look for updates on our new consortium and projects as they take place. I can't wait for the new year to begin!