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1 2002 SURA/ViDE Digital Video Workshop Alabama, April 2002 Videoconferencing as an Enabling Tool for Project Activities: A Case Study of "Imagining the Future" Project

2 Agenda 1.Project introduction 2.Prior lessons 3.What we did 4.To summarize

3 1.1 Goal -to enable an active role of K-12 in exploring and designing future learning spaces empowered by advanced digital technologies and networking -to identify critical conditions, especially technological environments and strategic relationships, needed to nurture such processes

4 1.2 Key ingredients -take what kids are really, really good at: envisioning new possibilities and exploring new learning channels -take what we are good at: understanding educational parameters and technological needs to facilitate that process

5 1.3 Key formula -kids in the center or the process – they are the owners of all phases of that process -teachers with a role of facilitators not instructors -create safe heaven for teachers – provide them time and space to learn along with students, not to be expected to be technology experts -technology – a tool, not the goal !!!

6 1.4 Student task -imagine and partly prototype learning system or application that is using advanced digital technologies including rich media, large public data resources, broadband or wireless networking -work in small teams (2-6 students)

7 1.5 The categories -… -Classroom of the Future -Virtual Laboratory / Museum / Botanical Garden -Interactive Exhibits -Helping Hand: Advanced Technologies Helping Students With Disabilities -Math and Art -Reading Lesson -Atom-ic Tour -GlobeQuest -Endangered Species: Learn How to Make a Difference

8 2. Prior lessons 1.SURA / ViDE workshop, March 2001, Atlanta, GE 2.Playing with VRVS 3.Megaconference 2001 4.Virtual Internet2 Member Meeting – VIMM 2001

9 2.1 SURA / ViDE 2001 1.Start 30-15 min before start both video / audio and text chat so that you have plenty of time to troubleshoot have time for informal chat among people before the formal session begins 2.Everyone has to learn basic grammar of vidoeconferencing how to bypass firewall – big issue in schools! learn to mute / unmute mike look at the camera not the screen / display …and have lots of patience for connection problems!

10 2.1 SURA / ViDE 2001 – part 2 1.If possible, have face to face meetings before starting a series of videoconferencing sessions managed to go to TX, NJ, MI and VA but unfortunately not HI 2.Importance of get-together events organized 3 expert presentations – great help and multipoint connection provided by Ohio State University and Dr. Bob Dixons team will have virtual pizza party at the end

11 2.2 VRVS system Virtual Room Videoconferencing system, Caltech, CA 1.Importance of having chat as a background channel always use chat as a background channel you can troubleshoot there … and manage multi-site discussion 2.Connecting people with different equipment some will have only audio

12 2.3 Megaconference 2001 1.Start 30-15 min before 2.Reserve time to introduce everyone and SHOW all participants to the people who will give presentation compensate for the lack of face-to-face collaboration features - your presenter will appreciate having good idea of who (s)he is talking to 3.Beware of displays of casual behavior you might be on the air and you will not know it!

13 2.3 Virtual Internet2 MM 2001 1.Big event is very formal affair – how do you introduce audience to your speakers? Introduce very limited number of H.323 clients and call them up at the beginning? monitor how many sites are connected at the time and provide dynamic information to the speaker? 2.Tech. staff run separate chat session to troubleshoot

14 3.1 What we did 1.3 big sessions – multipoint connections to MCU at the OSU expert presenters: Dr. Andrew Glassner, Jaron Lanier, Dr. Carrie Heeter students were running the shop – they were in charge of cameras and chat sessions! 2.A range of small sessions point-to-point connections: school-to-school, us-to-schools, us-to-students teams, us-to- teachers

15 3.2 What we plan to do 1.Have virtual pizza party in June (real pizza included!) another multipoint connection celebrate end of the project year show all teams projects 2.Two representative teams will go to Exploring the Future of Learning – a ThinkQuest Live Event others will join virtually

16 3.3 What we did not have time to do Organize video-quiz: N web sites as basic resource, 2.ask each student team to define questions they will ask other teams (answers should be provided in those N web sites !), 3.make point-to-point connection between two teams: they have to see and hear each other, 4.teams ask each other questions and judge each others responses, 5.quarterfinals -> semifinals -> big finale + celebration with everyone in multipoint feast

17 4. To summarize 1.Make sure you are ready to record the session (analog/digital)! 2.Connect 30-15 min before 3.Run chat as a background channel 4.Introduce the audience play clip1 5.Manage Q&A queue in chat 6.Have time to say goodbye play clip2

18 4.1 Nice surprises 1.Students and teachers from Hawaii organized two overnight marathons (14 and 21 hours long!) 2.Students in charge of cameras and chat sessions 3.Schools participate in each others events

19 Q & A

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