The Distance Learning Workgroup develops strategies toincrease the use of distance learning and virtual learning options to support student learning.
The new Distance Learning Initiative is a strategy designed to jump start distance learning in Ingham County. The initiative includes financial assistance for the purchase of DL equipment, workshops specifically directed towards teachers who mentor students enrolled in online classes and facilitating shared classes among and between districts. Distance learning can support instructional outcomes and this presentation outlines the initiative. The Shared Classes Guidelines were developed by Workgroup members and can be used as districts move forward with shared classes.
A Distance Learning Equipment Demonstration Day was held on April 15. 40 educators evaluated systems from LifeSize , Polyycom and Tandberg . The evaluation summary will be used by the Workgroup to make a system recommendation.
Based on the Demo Day evaluation results, the Workgroup selected high definition Polycom equipment. The next step will be determining which vendor, AT&T or ICI, should be recommended as the product provider. Once that is determined Distance Learning Initiative participants will be provided purchase options. Options will be (1) codec(s) only (2) turnkey system with TV or (3) turnkey system with video projector.
The Initiative will provide the 9 participating districts with approximately $8,500 towards the purchase of the options above. Participating districts include: Danville, East Lansing, Haslett, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston.
- East Lansing, Christian Palasty
- Haslett, Jeff Cassin
- Holt, Pat McNeill
- Ingham ISD, Daryl Tilley
- Lansing, Camille Jones, Julie Lemond
- Stockbridge, Debi Overbey
- Okemos, Kelly Carrier
- Waverly, Eldon McGraw
- Webberville, Brian Friddle, Richard Smith
- Williamston, Mark Chaplow
- To Be Determined
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