Wed. Jan 11, 2006 via Elluminate 3-3:40 pm
Present: Greg Dutton, Ted Berry, Anna Bryant, Brian Cleary, Carolyn Coe, Karen Laws, Pam Lloyd, Lee Henrikson
Technology strengths and challenges in your district/organization:
Ted: Strengths: videoconferencing, more and more web-based tools, use technology a great deal; challenges: NCLB and the requirement to have highly qualified teachers in small schools
Brian: KOC, KIBSD: Strengths: saturated with technology and lots of people well-versed in technology; there’s the never-ending challenge of supporting teachers in use of technology
Carolyn: Experience through the years with evolving distance Ed technologies; audio conferencing is getting expensive and sometimes tedious. Likes blended approach; just one thing is never quite enough. Has high hopes for Elluminate since type of computer and speed of connection matter less.
Karen: Works with teacher interns; hopes to be able to support interns in rural sites.
Pam: Strengths: started technology teacher leader program at ASD; 100 teachers at 25-30 schools. Working with a Fairbanks in Intel Teach to the Future grant. Uses Blackboard and Elluminate in district for training. Looking at 2 on line curriculums. Biggest challenge: more and more applications and greater reliance on technology; haven’t kept up with staffing needs.
Possible ways grant can help:
Glean ideas, learn more about technology, support taking leadership in technology, strength of a distributed network, sharing, networking on issues and problems as well as exploring funding opportunities GCI can provide technology viewpoint and infrastructure; has additional resources, and can integrate into real world environment.
-Learn more about Elluminate/ use this session as a learning tool (e.g. Sessions on white board, break out rooms)
-Talk about developing an inventory of technology resources in AEIN partner districts
-Get to know each other better
Lee will again invite the other 6 partner districts to participate.