Posts tagged distance learning

Connecting Students and Lowering Costs With VTC

A story in the October issue of THE Journal focused on education in rural schools, with a look at schools on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Kodiak Island is approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, separated from the mainland by the Shelikof Strait. Seven out of the 15 schools are accessible only by air or boat. Each school has two teachers. During my tenure with SMART, I recall one of our education consultants, Jaimie Ashton,  telling the story about flying in a two-seater airplane to get to one of these schools for a professional development session, and having to sleep in the school’s locker facility!

No matter where they are, all children in the United States should have equal access to a quality education, and the Kodiak Island district is using distance learning technology through video conferencing (VTC) to reach that goal.  According to the October 2011 issue of THE Journal, “The use of distance learning technology has turned around once-struggling schools by not only enabling students to learn from better-qualified instructors, but also by expanding the breadth of content that can be offered.” Students are able to take Pre-Calculus,  participate in science labs in grades 3 through 8, Advanced Comp, Literature and Music.

AVI-SPL has the solutions to support distance learning through VTC for not only rural districts, but all districts that need to provide specialized classes to meet federal requirements. For example most, schools cannot afford to employ a highly qualified teacher for a limited number of students who need to take AP Calculus, Mandarin languages, or other specialized courses.  However, VTC can bring together several students throughout the district (or region, nation or world!) with one teacher!

Enhance your classroom education with distance learning technology implemented and supported by AVI-SPL. Speak to one of our experts at 1-800-282-6733 or send an email to sales@avispl.com, and we’ll show you how we can improve your learning environment.

The Power of Video-Based Communications

Distance LearningE-learning tools that facilitate synchronous and asynchronous access to information have opened the classroom to a world of dynamic instruction and learning. In “The Power of Video-Based Communications,” you’ll discover that blended learning – combining face-to-face instruction with on-demand access to information – has been shown to exceed the results of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. The success of blended learning approaches provide a compelling reason for schools to equip their classrooms with the latest video-based technologies. Click here to download this tech briefing paper. »

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AVI-SPL designs, installs and supports dynamic classroom environments that support video-based technologies like distance learning. Give us a call at 800-282-6733 or fill out our brief needs analysis form and one of our experts will quickly be in touch.

FAU Goes Green: Transforming Higher Ed Presentation Technology with LEED

Based in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Engineering & Computer Science is committed to sustainability. The college’s 97,000 square foot structure, opened in 2010, infuses the university’s “green” principles, and leads the way as the first academic building in the State of Florida designed and built to LEED Platinum standards.

“In working with AVI-SPL, we initially chose the building’s technology because we were striving for the USGBC LEED platinum level certification,” says Brenda Coto, managing director of technology and innovation, FAU. “What we ultimately found is that we were able to change the way that professors teach, as well as change the way students are learning.” Technology integrated by AVI-SPL includes Tandberg video conferencing, Crestron DigitalMedia, the SMART Sympodium, Mitsubishi LaserVue’s for energy savings and more.

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Learn How Cisco’s TelePresence Was Used in This K-12 School District to Reduce Costs & Engage Students

Curious to know how TelePresence can make a positive impact in your school? Join us on Wednesday, September 29, as AVI-SPL and Cisco hosts an informative seminar on these topics – one that’s geared specifically towards the special needs of K-12 educators like you.  Don’t miss out, as the seminar starts at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Located in rural Southeast Oklahoma, the Howe Public Schools District serves approximately 480 pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Challenged by federal mandates to offer more content, Howe lacked the financial resources to hire the number of teachers needed to comply. Today, Howe is partnering with four different schools to deliver courses, adding video to online classrooms, podcasting class sessions and improving professional development for faculty.

Join Dr. Lance Ford and Superintendent Scott Parks to learn how they are using Cisco TelePresence to:

  • Maximize faculty resources through distance learning
  • Provide access to experts and content not available otherwise
  • Unite multi-cultural student groups for collaboration and learning
  • Expand professional development programs
  • Provide on-demand access to content and lectures anytime, anywhere
  • Reduce costs and improve efficiencies for administration tasks

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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University of Georgia Uses Telepresence to Reach More Students and Retain Faculty – Learn How.

Join Cisco and AVI-SPL on Tuesday, September 28 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT for an informative webinar.

Learn first-hand how Telepresence brings students and faculty together, while at the same time retaining faculty, increasing elective offerings and reaching more students.

Sit in on a conversation with Sarah Wardlaw Jones, program coordinator for the Millikan Educational Resources Center at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy. Her school’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program has faculty and students located across the state. With interactive video communication, faculty and students are seeing better use of their time and more in-depth and active learning, as well as significant cost reductions.

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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Host

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco’s Collaboration team. He is focused on helping students attain their maximum potential through various technical tools.

Speaker

Sarah Wardlaw Jones is the IT Manager for the Millikan Educational Resources group at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the management of the College’s instructional technology and classroom support program.

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