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    • The Implementation of Marratech Video Conferencing Software at USD 200 Greeley County Schools Rebecca Herl IT 899 Master’s Project Instructional Design & Technology May 2006
    • Background Information on USD #200
      • GCS is a preK-12 building with an enrollment of 280.
      • USD #200 is located 15 miles from the Colorado boarder on highway 96.
      • Educational Co-op is 120 miles.
      • Closest four-year university 169 miles.
      Greeley County Schools Tribune, Kansas
    • WHAT IS MARRATECH?
      • Marratech is video conferencing software http://www.marratech.com
      • According to Wikipedia.com videoconferencing is “A set of interactive telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously.”
    • THE DISTRICT’S PROBLEM
      • Can video conferencing tools such as Marratech help Greeley County Schools successfully connect to the rest of the world?
      • Will staff be receptive to this method of learning?
      “ As with opportunities for interactive online discussion, audio conferencing, group interaction through email, virtual learning circles and mentoring, videoconferencing is another means by which teachers can utilize the variety of information communication technologies to provide visually richer support for isolated students,” (Smyth, 2005).
    • INSTRUCTION DESIGN MODEL
      • ADDIE-Analyse, Design, Development, Implement, & Evaluate.
      • Many core elements of ADDIE are used in other design processes.
      • ADDIE is simple to use and easy to understand.
      (McGiff, 2000)
    • THE PROCESS
      • Needs Assessment conducted with superintendent.
      • Survey given to staff about video conferencing to try to establish baseline data.
      • - What experiences do they already have?
      • - Would they be open to using Marratech for professional development?
      • - Who would be willing to give it a try in their classrooms?
      • - Would anyone be willing to have classroom observations conducted with video conferencing tools?
    • PRE-SURVEY RESULTS
      • Sent to staff via e-mail. 13 responded.
      • Nine people had used some type of video
      • conferencing before. Eight felt their
      • experience was positive.
      • Nine replied that they would be interested in using video conferencing to connect to other education sites in order to receive professional development.
      • Six faculty members did not want staff to evaluate them by means of video conferencing .
    • HARDWARE
      • Purchased three Logitech’s QuickCam Zoom i-camera’s.
      • Software was downloaded from http://www.marratech.com
      • Smith (2003), recommended 384 kilobits of bandwidth for a one-to-one connection. Greeley County Schools has 1.5 megabytes (mb) per second for uploading and downloading.
      • The high school technology teacher and I participated in a meeting as distance learners using Marratech.
    • TRAINING
      • Teacher in-service planned.
      • Learning objectives established.
      • 1) Teachers will receive a background information
      • 2) Teachers will learn how to download Marratech.
      • 3) Teachers will explore the different areas of the conference room.
      • 4) Teachers will receive resources.
      • 5) Teachers will be provided the opportunity for feedback.
    • POST SURVEY GIVEN
      • Staff logged into http://surveymonkey.com after the in-service.
      • Twelve responded
      • Six teachers had used some type of videoconferencing before. Four felt their previous experience was positive.
      • Nine replied that they would be interested in using videoconferencing to connect to other education sites in order to receive professional development.
      • Eight faculty members considered using videoconferencing tools in their classrooms.
      • Nine faculty members did not want staff to evaluate them by means of video conferencing .
    • PROS AND CONS
      • Reduction in cost (meals, lodging, gas)
      • Administration could increase the number of classroom observations.
      • After Professional Development resources could be available to clarify questions.
      • Connect to students around the world.
      • Technical problems may lead to missed information.
      • Teachers have to feel comfortable enough to use the technology.
      • Some people feel we lose the human connection.
      • Still a new technology.
    • Conclusion
      • Teachers willing to take a look at using Marratech to attend conferences.
      • Willingness to look at Marratech as a teaching strategy.
      • Strong feelings that administration should not conduct classroom observation through the use of video conferencing.