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What is it?

Videoconferencing is....

The purpose of this space is to share the experiences and resources I've gained through the MAGPI Fellows Program to increase videoconferencing opportunities and collaborative projects

"The goal of the three-year MAGPI FELLOWS PROGRAM is to provide a series of experiences to foster the construction of learning communities, project development, awareness and understanding of advanced network applications among K12, higher education and museum/library/informal education educators and support their active participation in the regional, national and international advanced networking communities."
  • The infrastructure is there...What's needed is input for educational programs, content, and applications to use it.
  • What types of projects are out there?
  • Where do we find these programs and opportunities?
  • How do we design and implement successful collaborative projects?


Types of Projects:

Connect to Educational Programs:

MAGPI Programs: http://www.magpi.net/programs/
Internet2 K20 Community (MUSE): http://k20.internet2.edu
Center for Interactive Learning and Communication: http://www.cilc.org/
TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education): http://www.twice.cc/projects.html
JANET Collaborate: http://www.janetcollaborate.ac.uk/
NASA Digital Learning Network: http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/catalog/
Berrian RESA Database: http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl/fieldtrips.htm
Global School Network: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/GSH/pr/index.cfm
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network): http://www.iearn.org/
AT&T Knowledge Learning Network: http://www.kn.att.com/wired/vidconf/vidconf.html

Designing Successful Collaborative Projects:

(Adapted from the MAGPI Fellows Fall Training by Heather Weisse Walsh, November 2008)
 MAGPI Fellows Fall Training.pdf
"Begin with the end in mind..." Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe)
  • Develop the CONCEPT

    • What I am trying to accomplish?
    • When does this project need to take place (specific dates/times)?
    • How does this project fit into my objectives and standards?
    • What are my concrete objectives?
  • Determine what TECHNOLOGY you will use

    • Polycom VCU, Skype/iChat, e-mail, discussion boards, wiki
    • How will students interact?
    • How should I structure the physical space?
  • Craft the PROGRAM PITCH

    • Be as detailed as possible
    • Share your vision, goals, and expectations
    • Include the who, what, where, when, why, and how so that potential collaborators know what to expect
  • Find a good COLLABORATOR

    • Teachers/Classes
    • Experts
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Local and big businesses
  • Work out the DETAILS (Sweat the small stuff)

    • Talk about the needs of all team members
    • Be flexible but have a firm plan
    • Make an agenda for your event(s)
    • Clarify participant responsibilities
    • Have a communication plan (before, during, and after the event)
    • Make sure someone acts as moderator for your event
    • Have a technical plan & be sure to test equipment ahead of time
    • Plan your evaluation/assessment of the project
  • Reflect on the EXPERIENCE

Other Resources:

Videoconference Tech Checklist.doc
Murder Mystery Forensics Project

WHAT NOT TO DO....from the University of Washington

The Videoconference Zone