The Utah Education Network's interactive video conferencing system handles up to 180 fully interactive classes per day. It is expected that usage of this technology in will more than double within just a few years. This interactive system was pioneered 31 years ago using analog microwave transmission of standard television signals. Today such conferencing is fully digital and flows across UEN's 10-gigabit backbone. More ...more »
1. The broadband should be accessible to the assistive tech used by the International Alliance of Audio Information Services (IAAIS.org), the means of access for those who are blind or print-impaired.
2. All video content should be audio described for those who are blind, comparable to captioning for those who are deaf.
There is a whole generation of digital natives going through graduate schools of education. Don't waste time trying to teach old dogs. Develop relationships with every good grad school in the country. Promote funding for thesis and dissertation research and application. There has been a revolution in what we know about how we know and how we accommodate and assimilate new information. Incorporate it with new technologies. ...more »
We're falling behind, in part, because we don't know what's going on in the rest of the world. We're hindered by having only two international borders and less experience with other ways of thinking. We don't have an existential clue about how our educational system differs from, and lags behind, other nations. Real, person to person, experiences challenge our beliefs/hypotheses, make us ask questions, and cause us to ...more »
Professional development opportunities for teachers should include some real-time experience for dialog (even F2F, if possible, or at least webcam so voices are not disembodied). They also need to include the convenience and personal flexibility of self-selection and asynchronous scheduling. TeachersFirst.com, a free, ad-free service of the non-profit The Source for Learning (www.sourceforlearning.org) has been conducting ...more »
There is lots of excitement for the promise of broadband. But this initiative will not move forward until key barriers are addressed. The first barrier is the overwhelming emphasis on standardized test scores - which stifles educational innovation. Massive amounts have been and could be written on this. The second major barrier should be more easily addressed. This is the concern about the management of the use of technologies ...more »
By far the best use of broadband for education is to support teachers who innovate. Most can't - thus the innovation barrier surrounding schools and keeping innovative technology out, including enlightened use of broadband. Experiments in converting teachers into innovators have been extremely successful. One such program has thousands of teachers in it and they are clamoring for more technology so they can try their ...more »
I am commenting by giving a typical unit I would do research on using the internet as a teacher. Unit on a Shakespeare play by a 6th and 7th grade teacher. 1. I would use the internet as a research tool, i.e. researching Shakespeare through sites like the Folger’s Library 2. I would order books of the text on-line and be able to not only compare prices but research which book is best for my age group. 3. I would find ...more »
It seems to me that the OLPC project is a proper exemplar for broadband access in the U.S. In the OLPC model, the students' laptops create an ad hoc network that extends the school's LMS and allows children to communicate with teachers and other students outside the classroom. Extended teacher contact is one of the hallmarks of an excellent education as is access to resources in the home. While the 'hardware digital ...more »
Moodle is the best platform for teaching and learning via broadband. It is effective as an online only tool and also as an organizer for face to face bricks and mortar classrooms. It incorporates blogs, wikis and most every kind of media, and it has security features for p-12 applications.
• What kinds of research and development are needed to make broadband use effective for learning? I would contend that we’re asking the wrong question. Rather it should be, “What kinds of research and development are needed to make emerging technology applications effective for learning?” Then, it follows that if broadband is needed to deliver the applications, then broadband should be provided. We (the U.S.) should ...more »
I work at Global Kids, a 20 year old youth development nonprofit that has helped tens of thousands of at-risk youth in New York City succeed scholastically, go on to college and become active civic leaders. From our perspective, all of America's young people -- whether poor or rich, Black or White, in urban centers or remote rural communities -- deserve a chance to meaningfully participate in our increasingly digital ...more »