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).