Archive for October, 2011

The Death of Distance?

What is ‘Distance Learning’? Ask the question of technologists, teachers, and students and it is very likely that the responses will vary greatly. The definition adopted by Encyclopedia Britannica is: “institution-based formal education where the…

HELP us HELP you.

As more and more people are opting for some means of connecting from remote sites for workshops and other events, we need to move beyond our typical idea of being between four walls. Whether it is the presentation site or the remote site, we all have s…

H.239 Statewide Tests

Recently, in a state wide meeting there was a discussion about the future of video conference equipment. An issue that we are facing is the legacy equipment which prevents us from incorporating some features that provide a better video conference exper…

When will video conferences be accepted?

With great fanfare, many people connect via Skype to each other and then to other family members across the US. People with new webcams reach out and “touch someone” as often as they can. I’ve seen the same curve of use in classrooms,…

Ready for summer?

It’s official: The countdown to summer vacation has begun! Before visions of waves on the beach and the smell of suntan lotion completely permeates your days, schedule your video conference units for use throughout the dog days of summer. E-Missions …

Alphabet Soup of Meetings

With all the different methods to attend or connect to a meeting remotely, what’s with all these terms for the types of meetings? Meeting labels tend to get used interchangeably, causing confusion from the requester as well as the distance learning s…

Upcoming events for starting school

Do you hear that? Very faintly, if you listen really closely, you can hear the sounds of students filling the hallways. The first day of school is less than a month away; summer is almost gone! While we will all certainly be happy to see the temperatur…

Back to School with Videoconferencing through ESC Region XIII

With the start of a new school year upon us, it’s worthwhile to take some time to go over a few items that will make things run more smoothly with video conferencing through ESC Region XIII. As you know the summer months are a time for network reconf…

Programs for all…

The countdown is officially ticking down. Students will fill the halls for the first day of the 2011 – 2012 school year. Excitement is in the air as a new school year begins! The school year isn’t the only thing new. The Texas Education Telecommuni…

The Death of Distance?

What is ‘Distance Learning’? Ask the question of technologists, teachers, and students and it is very likely that the responses will vary greatly. The definition adopted by Encyclopedia Britannica is: “institution-based formal education where the…