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  • Description:
    The k20 initiative connects over 50,000 schools, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, and other cultural organizations across the US and thousands of institutions around the world via Internet2.

    Challenges:
    Connectivity (on-site & far-site)
    Cost of connectivity (can be negotiated by the non-profit)
    Limited number of far-sites (nationally & internationally)
    Ancillary website may be necessary

    Benefits:
    Broadcast quality
    Allows for real-time interactive dialogue


  • Description:
    Polycom and Tandberg video conferencing systems allow groups to meet naturally over distance, enabling more productive meetings and real-time dialogue. Polycom or Tandberg video conferencing systems are necessary to participate in an I2 video conference. Polycom offers a grant assistance program to help defray the cost of their systems.

    Challenges:
    Cost for your institution and the far-sites.
    Limited number of far-sites (more so if using I2 than commodity internet).

    Benefits:
    Can be set up in any classroom or conference room
    Can be purchased with money from grants.


  • Description:
    MAGPI and other regional high-speed networks and aggregation points provide access to Internet2 in a cost-effective manner and promote applications for their region's research and education communities.

    Challenges:
    Engagement of your regional high-speed network and aggregation point in education outside of their institution.
    Mandatory I2 testing (scheduling)
    Technical requirements.
    In order to broadcast your video conference via commodity internet you will need technical assistance.

    Benefits:
    Recruitment
    Technical services and assistance
  • Description:
    Adobe Connect’s video conferencing software also allow groups to meet over distance, enabling more productive meetings and real-time dialogue. Far-sites do not need Adobe Connect software to participate.

    Challenges:
    Quality of the video feed from far-sites (packet loss).

    Benefits:
    Easy to use and operate
    All schools or organizations need is an internet connection.
    Can be used for other purposes that require video conferencing.


  • Description:
    iLinc’s video conferencing software also allow groups to meet over distance, enabling more productive meetings and real-time dialogue. Far-sites do not need iLinc software to participate.

    Challenges:
    Quality of the video feed from far-sites (packet loss).

    Benefits:
    Easy to use and operate
    All schools or organizations need is an internet connection.
    Can be used for other purposes that require video conferencing.

  • Description:
    PWP is a film and video production company that I work with to produce, record, broadcast and edit video conferences.

    Challenges:
    Cost ($5k to $7k)
    The production company must understand your technical situation and requirements.

    Benefits:
    Writing grants
    Creating curriculum
    No extra staff or funding from your institution may be necessary
  • Objectives:
    Develop a community of educators that are connected to each other and the museum’s resources.
  • Screen shot in case internet is down or slow.
    Log In site, keeps their information and any student information secure – not open to the public.
    Announcements page:
    Post monthly announcements which also e-mails all users. Keeps the site vital and reminds teachers that we’re here. Also an outlet for any new resources, connects teachers to our exhibits.
  • Discussion Board:
    Divided into three sections. Teachers can see each other’s feedback, respond to each other. At least one staff person from the museum is dedicated to responding to ALL posts within 24 hours. Create resources, direct them to outside resources or resources that have already been created.
    Area for teachers to post and share their student’s work in an “online gallery” forum. Safe/secure place, plus give other teachers ideas for projects to do with their students.
  • DoDEA Documents: an archive of all resources created by museum staff and contributed by teachers
    Turn over of staff, still record of what was created – lesson plans, PowerPoints, student work, websites, videos, etc.

    Difficulties/Challenges:
    Learning Curve (on-site training)
    Keeping community engaged (monthly e-mails/on-site training)
    Museum Identity: Distinguishing one museum from the whole Smithsonian Institution (i.e. we don’t have Wright bro. plane or Dorothy’s red shoes) It’s Blackboard’s site with our content rather than a museum created web site.

    Looking Forward:
    Currently also offer videoconferencing to enhance lessons and further integrate staff into class (teacher partner)
    Goal is a fully integrated program where they videoconference at the beginning of the lesson (overview), middle of lesson (research), and end of lesson (art critique)
    Take it further integrated into the classroom – allow students to post/research projects with our expertise & resources

    Practical Applications:
    Keep a group connected and to have a documentation of what’s created.
    Also applicable with blog sites or class web sites.
    Place to capture user generated content alongside “expert” created content.


  • Transcript

    • 1. TECHNOLOGY BASED PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE YOUR MUSEUM C H R I S L A W R E N C E : W e b i n a r s J A S O N A L L E N : M u l t i p o i n t C o n f e r e n c e s S A L L Y O T I S : C o m m u n i t y B u l l e t i n B o a r d s H a n d o u t s A v a i l a b l e a t : h t t p : / / g r o u p s . y a h o o . c o m / g r o u p / M u s e u m V i d e o c o n f e r e n c i n g / Revolutionizing Museums MAAM Annual Meeting 2010
    • 2. Webinars Chris Lawrence Senior Manager of Digital Learning New York Hall of Science
    • 3. Multipoint Conferences Jason Allen Web Conference Developer ABCDedu
    • 4. Community Bulletin Boards Sally Otis Videoconference Coordinator Smithsonian American Art Museum
    • 5. O b j e c t i v e : C o n n e c t a c o m m u n i t y o f t e a c h e r s f r o m a r o u n d t h e w o r l d t o e a c h o t h e r a n d t o r e s o u r c e s f r o m t h e S m i t h s o n i a n A m e r i c a n A r t M u s e u m . Blackboard.com