Strategies for Success: Teaching on the ICN Cherie Post Dargan, Hawkeye Community College (319) 296-2320, ext. 1701 Office...
Overview <ul><li>What is the ICN? </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction: my experience </li></ul><ul><li>Part One -- Using the Eq...
What is the ICN? <ul><li>Iowa Communications Network </li></ul><ul><li>Two way audio/two way video </li></ul><ul><li>Began...
How does the ICN benefit Iowans?  <ul><li>Providing equal access to education is the ICN’s primary purpose.  </li></ul><ul...
Breakdown of ICN Rooms <ul><li>K-12 Schools  411 National Guard  54 Community Colleges  109 State Agencies  49 Regent Univ...
Other uses of the ICN <ul><li>-  Federal postal service training - Parole board hearings - Swearing in a new lawyer statio...
My experience <ul><li>Began teaching writing courses over the ICN Fall 1994 at Hawkeye Community College (added Intro to L...
Here I am in the ICN Room at HCC
Professional benefits <ul><li>HCC experience as an adjunct led to being hired full time in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>ICN gave...
Professional benefits, cont. <ul><li>It gave me my first experience using the Internet as a resource in the classroom </li...
Part One   Using the Equipment
Three rules for using the equipment <ul><li>Rule one:  Use the technology–don’t let it intimidate you! </li></ul><ul><li>R...
The equipment includes <ul><li>The Teaching Station </li></ul><ul><li>--the touch screen monitor </li></ul><ul><li>--the t...
Equipment, cont. <ul><li>Ceiling mounted LCD projector and big screen (in newer rooms) </li></ul><ul><li>Two big televisio...
ICN Room, Tama Hall, HCC
The portable cart system <ul><li>The portable cart is another alternative; HCC uses this cart to make it possible to offer...
The ICN portable cart
Now let’s take a closer look at a typical ICN room
Three cameras <ul><li>The person at the teaching station controls the cameras with the touch screen monitor </li></ul><ul>...
The teacher camera
The student camera <ul><li>Most let you “zoom in” on students  </li></ul><ul><li>Once a student in a remote site presses d...
The student camera
The overhead camera <ul><li>Overhead —ideal for displaying a variety of materials--pictures or visuals in books and magazi...
The touch screen monitor <ul><li>The touch screen monitor:  use either your finger or the mouse to select which camera vie...
The second television at the back <ul><li>The other TV at the back of the room shows you a remote site at all times </li><...
The VCR <ul><li>The VCR —most classrooms have two </li></ul><ul><li>One for playing only and one for recording only.  </li...
Using the ICN room as a &quot;production studio&quot; of sorts <ul><li>Tape yourself for a teaching sample for your portfo...
Using the ICN room when not transmitting to another site <ul><li>Show a movie. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students do presenta...
Using the computer <ul><li>Post the agenda  </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>Present PowerPoint presentation...
Using the fax machine <ul><li>Be careful: you can use up a great deal of time doing this </li></ul><ul><li>It is better to...
Using the phone <ul><li>Phone is generally located on the side of the TV cart to the right of the teaching station.  </li>...
Part Two Preparing to present over the ICN
Preparing to present over the ICN <ul><li>It’s a good idea to “check out” the room beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>How do you...
http:// www.icn.state.ia.us/index.html The ICN website
Look up the classroom on the map
http://www3.iptv.org/iowa_database/aeamap_action.cfm?AEA=6 Find the list of classrooms
http://www3.iptv.org/iowa_database/classroom_detail.cfm?nodeID=434 Here then is the link to the description of one room
Virtual tour of the ICN itself
Preparing materials <ul><li>Do not use overheads ; they are too shiny and will not show up well.  </li></ul><ul><li>Always...
Real world materials <ul><li>Display a book or document underneath the overhead camera and zoom in on it.  </li></ul><ul><...
Practice in the room <ul><li>Take some time to go in and “play” in the ICN room </li></ul><ul><li>Put something under the ...
Part Three Strategies for  collaboration  and interaction
Attitude is Key <ul><li>I believe the attitude of the moderator is KEY </li></ul><ul><li>Many participants may be shy abou...
Use the Technology itself <ul><li>I have small groups of students come up to the teaching station </li></ul><ul><li>I teac...
Other ideas <ul><li>I have done writing conferences, one on one over the ICN </li></ul><ul><li>Students at the remote site...
Include all participants <ul><li>Acknowledge the students at remote sites; show their sites on the program television when...
ICN and hybrid courses <ul><li>I have taught several courses for BVU where I was the only one at the origination site and ...
ICN and Innovation <ul><li>My friend Lois Yocum, former teacher at Anson Middle School, and I won a Star Schools Award for...
Conclusion <ul><li>We’ve only scratched the surface </li></ul><ul><li>The ICN is a powerful tool and the ICN rooms are gre...
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  • (For example, using power point, brainstorming or outlining on the computer, doing small group work across sites)
  • Computer equipment varies. Some rooms had the original Power PC, with very old operating system and software. Many presenters bring own laptops.
  • If you don&apos;t, this creates a cold or indifferent atmosphere and reinforces the idea of &amp;quot;distance&amp;quot; learning.
  • I have often created a document during the class session, printed it off, and then faxed it to the sites. (Often this came out of a brainstorming session, or in an attempt to answer questions from students).
  • ; however, if someone has a confidential matter to discuss, you can do so without broadcasting the conversation to everyone.
  • I have been known to stop in the middle of a lesson when I see people squinting and resize the type on the spot.
  • Strategies for Success: Teaching on the ICN

    1. 1. Strategies for Success: Teaching on the ICN Cherie Post Dargan, Hawkeye Community College (319) 296-2320, ext. 1701 Office location -- Library Room 209 [email_address]
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is the ICN? </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction: my experience </li></ul><ul><li>Part One -- Using the Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Part Two -- Preparing to Present in the ICN Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Part Three -- Strategies for Collaboration and interaction </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is the ICN? <ul><li>Iowa Communications Network </li></ul><ul><li>Two way audio/two way video </li></ul><ul><li>Began in 1990, with one fiber optic classroom per county (99), an endpoint at each of the three state universities, one at IPTV, and one on the state capitol for a total of 104 </li></ul>
    4. 4. How does the ICN benefit Iowans? <ul><li>Providing equal access to education is the ICN’s primary purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>The ICN’s most prominent users are K-12 schools, higher education and the Area Education Agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>The ICN also plays an integral part in state and federal government agencies, the National Guard, hospitals and libraries Source: ICN website </li></ul>
    5. 5. Breakdown of ICN Rooms <ul><li>K-12 Schools 411 National Guard 54 Community Colleges 109 State Agencies 49 Regent Universities 39 Federal Agencies 16 Colleges/Universities 16 Hospitals 12 AEA's 17 Public Libraries 51 Total 774 Source: ICN website </li></ul>
    6. 6. Other uses of the ICN <ul><li>- Federal postal service training - Parole board hearings - Swearing in a new lawyer stationed in Iraq - “Virtual field trips” for over 78,000 K-12 students - Providing training to FirstHome lenders - Prepping over 800 medical practitioners on new Medicaid drug lists - Carrying distance learning classes through Iowa Learning Online </li></ul>
    7. 7. My experience <ul><li>Began teaching writing courses over the ICN Fall 1994 at Hawkeye Community College (added Intro to Literature) </li></ul><ul><li>Taught a series of ICN/Web courses for the Marshalltown BVU Center, as well as for Mason City, Red Oak and Creston Centers </li></ul>
    8. 8. Here I am in the ICN Room at HCC
    9. 9. Professional benefits <ul><li>HCC experience as an adjunct led to being hired full time in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>ICN gave me an opportunity to integrate technology into the writing classroom & transformed my teaching style </li></ul>
    10. 10. Professional benefits, cont. <ul><li>It gave me my first experience using the Internet as a resource in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>I began using list servs, email and discussion boards with ICN classes </li></ul><ul><li>All of these things gave me more confidence to teach in a computer classroom; the early design of those labs looked like ICN classrooms </li></ul>
    11. 11. Part One Using the Equipment
    12. 12. Three rules for using the equipment <ul><li>Rule one: Use the technology–don’t let it intimidate you! </li></ul><ul><li>Rule two: Get others actively involved using the technology too! </li></ul><ul><li>Rule three: It’s okay to experiment! </li></ul>
    13. 13. The equipment includes <ul><li>The Teaching Station </li></ul><ul><li>--the touch screen monitor </li></ul><ul><li>--the three cameras (teacher, student, and overhead) </li></ul><ul><li>--the teacher's computer monitor </li></ul><ul><li>--the teaching station computer --VCRs (sometimes two: one to record and one to play) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Equipment, cont. <ul><li>Ceiling mounted LCD projector and big screen (in newer rooms) </li></ul><ul><li>Two big televisions (standard) </li></ul><ul><li>Fax Machine </li></ul><ul><li>Modern rooms have DVD players </li></ul><ul><li>“ Trouble phone” (links to other ICN rooms and the technicians at Camp Dodge) </li></ul>
    15. 15. ICN Room, Tama Hall, HCC
    16. 16. The portable cart system <ul><li>The portable cart is another alternative; HCC uses this cart to make it possible to offer more than one ICN session at the college </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently used as a receive site vs. origination site </li></ul><ul><li>My husband has a cart system at his two public libraries </li></ul>
    17. 17. The ICN portable cart
    18. 18. Now let’s take a closer look at a typical ICN room
    19. 19. Three cameras <ul><li>The person at the teaching station controls the cameras with the touch screen monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Change camera views as needed </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher camera —don’t be shy. </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom in enough to let the audience see your face! </li></ul>
    20. 20. The teacher camera
    21. 21. The student camera <ul><li>Most let you “zoom in” on students </li></ul><ul><li>Once a student in a remote site presses down on the microphone, that site appears in your monitor--if you want the whole class to see the student, you must select &quot;remote&quot; on the touch screen. </li></ul><ul><li>However, in the classroom, you need to select &quot;student&quot; when a student wants to say something. </li></ul>
    22. 22. The student camera
    23. 23. The overhead camera <ul><li>Overhead —ideal for displaying a variety of materials--pictures or visuals in books and magazines, photographs, cartoons, or even objects. </li></ul><ul><li>It replaces the overhead transparency projector. </li></ul>
    24. 24. The touch screen monitor <ul><li>The touch screen monitor: use either your finger or the mouse to select which camera view or site will be displayed. </li></ul><ul><li>You see what your class sees on the small monitor located in the middle of the teaching station—as well as on the big TV at the back of the classroom (marked “program”). </li></ul>
    25. 25. The second television at the back <ul><li>The other TV at the back of the room shows you a remote site at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Check on sites by selecting that site’s icon on the touch screen </li></ul><ul><li>If you want everyone to see that site, select the remote icon </li></ul>
    26. 26. The VCR <ul><li>The VCR —most classrooms have two </li></ul><ul><li>One for playing only and one for recording only. </li></ul><ul><li>These are easy to use and can add to your presentation. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Using the ICN room as a &quot;production studio&quot; of sorts <ul><li>Tape yourself for a teaching sample for your portfolio. </li></ul><ul><li>Tape a presentation and use it to &quot;sub&quot; for yourself when you need to miss a class. </li></ul><ul><li>Tape a special guest. </li></ul><ul><li>Tape individual or group student presentations and play back to critique. </li></ul><ul><li>Tape mock job interviews, speeches, or other oral assignments. </li></ul>
    28. 28. Using the ICN room when not transmitting to another site <ul><li>Show a movie. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students do presentations, mock interviews, or small group activity </li></ul><ul><li>Use the overhead camera to demonstrate how to assemble something or how to do something </li></ul><ul><li>Use the teaching station's computer to show a PowerPoint to your class </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a guest speaker with a great place to speak & use multimedia </li></ul>
    29. 29. Using the computer <ul><li>Post the agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>Present PowerPoint presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Post announcements, reminders, and deadlines . </li></ul><ul><li>This is the single greatest tool, in my opinion. </li></ul><ul><li>If your computer has an Internet hook-up, you have even more tools to use. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Using the fax machine <ul><li>Be careful: you can use up a great deal of time doing this </li></ul><ul><li>It is better to email handouts, agendas and other materials ahead of time as much as possible . </li></ul><ul><li>Your students from the remote sites can also submit in-class work by fax </li></ul>
    31. 31. Using the phone <ul><li>Phone is generally located on the side of the TV cart to the right of the teaching station. </li></ul><ul><li>Only connected to other remote sites </li></ul><ul><li>There is also a booklet with phone numbers for sites; keep this handy. </li></ul><ul><li>Make yourself a simple sign with the list of your sites, students, and their fax numbers. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Part Two Preparing to present over the ICN
    33. 33. Preparing to present over the ICN <ul><li>It’s a good idea to “check out” the room beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>How do you do this? </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the ICN website and find the clickable map; select your area, and then find the specific classroom </li></ul>
    34. 34. http:// www.icn.state.ia.us/index.html The ICN website
    35. 35. Look up the classroom on the map
    36. 36. http://www3.iptv.org/iowa_database/aeamap_action.cfm?AEA=6 Find the list of classrooms
    37. 37. http://www3.iptv.org/iowa_database/classroom_detail.cfm?nodeID=434 Here then is the link to the description of one room
    38. 38. Virtual tour of the ICN itself
    39. 39. Preparing materials <ul><li>Do not use overheads ; they are too shiny and will not show up well. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use materials with large enough font , and avoid scripts. </li></ul>
    40. 40. Real world materials <ul><li>Display a book or document underneath the overhead camera and zoom in on it. </li></ul><ul><li>Use “real world” materials, such as newspaper stories, cartoons, photos, and editorials from the daily newspaper. </li></ul>
    41. 41. Practice in the room <ul><li>Take some time to go in and “play” in the ICN room </li></ul><ul><li>Put something under the overhead camera and then sit towards the back of the room and see if you have to strain to see it. </li></ul><ul><li>Do this with any Powerpoint presentations as well; something that looks fine from 18 inches may be too small to read from the back of the room. </li></ul><ul><li>Some colors and visuals do not look as effective from a distance. </li></ul>
    42. 42. Part Three Strategies for collaboration and interaction
    43. 43. Attitude is Key <ul><li>I believe the attitude of the moderator is KEY </li></ul><ul><li>Many participants may be shy about using the technology; you need to show them that it is a tool, not a barrier </li></ul><ul><li>Humor helps, as does flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Once the newness of the technology wears off, almost anyone can be successful in the ICN classroom. </li></ul>
    44. 44. Use the Technology itself <ul><li>I have small groups of students come up to the teaching station </li></ul><ul><li>I teach them how to use the controls to work with a remote site—those students also come up to the teaching station </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of possibilities for small group work, with each group reporting back to the whole class at the end </li></ul>
    45. 45. Other ideas <ul><li>I have done writing conferences, one on one over the ICN </li></ul><ul><li>Students at the remote site come up and sit at their teaching stations </li></ul><ul><li>They show me their work one of several ways: laying it down on the document camera, or sending it beforehand via email or fax </li></ul>
    46. 46. Include all participants <ul><li>Acknowledge the students at remote sites; show their sites on the program television when someone speaks </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for students across sites to interact </li></ul><ul><li>Your goal as teacher or presenter is to make them feel like one group, so that they work together </li></ul>
    47. 47. ICN and hybrid courses <ul><li>I have taught several courses for BVU where I was the only one at the origination site and my students were in various sites elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated the web for communication with a list serve and a website for materials </li></ul><ul><li>This situation can sometimes be a challenge; they may not realize that I can see what they are doing for the most part! </li></ul>
    48. 48. ICN and Innovation <ul><li>My friend Lois Yocum, former teacher at Anson Middle School, and I won a Star Schools Award for partnering our students using the ICN </li></ul><ul><li>Paired students, wrote papers and gave feedback using email & ICN sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Two classes met at HCC for a pizza party: great experience, with unexpected benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>Many low income, high risk middle school students saw campus & programs </li></ul>
    49. 49. Conclusion <ul><li>We’ve only scratched the surface </li></ul><ul><li>The ICN is a powerful tool and the ICN rooms are great for multimedia presentations </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to see it easier for groups in the community to use the ICN for board meetings, seminars, and training </li></ul>

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