Attending October 1st Conference:
Ron Abdouch Neal Grandgenett
Steve Bross Donalyn Heise Sheila Brown Janet Macklem
Tom Brown Cheri McIntyre Sue Burch Dennis McIntyre
Carl Clark Bill Menousek
Erik Clark Brian Page
Colette de Frey Margaret Proskevoc
Barb Dinslage Sue Reiber
Wanda Duff Dan Schmit
Linda Engel Becky Sharpe
At today's conference were 4 students from the district from Swanson Elementary, and Westside Middle School. We were very happy & pleased that they could join us and we really value there input.
Donalyn Heise, opened the conference and gave an overview of what was discussed at the preview meeting on September 24, then gave an overview of the days agenda.
Small groups brainstormed to create a title and to decide on a mission statement.
Title: COMMUNITY DISCOVERED ConferNet 99
* An interactive structured meeting
* Not limited to geographic boundaries
* Focused on a prescribed theme, purpose, and outcome
* Bring Students, Ideas, and Resources together
* Use innovative technologies
* Promote interaction, reflection, creativity, and evaluation
The large group broke into committees to determine specific issues, tasks, timeline & resources needed to accomplish the tasks. The committees were as follows:
Sheila Brown Dennis Hansen
Carl Clark Jane Lavino
Barb Dinslage Cindy McWhirter
Wanda Duff Margaret Proskovec
Colette de Frey Becky Sharpe
Ron Abdouch Liz Hoffman
Sheila Brown Robin Kammandel
Ron Abdouch Pontier Sackrey
Cheri McIntrye Judy Samson
Assessment / Evaluation:
Neal Grandgenett & Janet Macklem
Sue Burch Cheri McIntyre
Erik Clark Dennis McIntyre
Linda Engel Bill Menousek
Scott Isaacson Brian Page
Paul Lindgren Sue Reiber
The Millennial & Publicity have agreed that at this time they are somewhat limited as to what they can do, since all of the respective members have signed onto other committees to help them until they are able to get up and running.
The Technical Committee reported the following may be available for ConferNet:
- Web X - conferencing Desktop Conference
Text Based Web Site pages
(server software) Chat Room
- Zebu (collaborative) (I seek U) ICQ
(net 4.0, 32) IRC
- List servs CU see me - QT 3.0
- real video (streaming) Video phone(cricket powerbook)
- AVID (pcmcia)
- Teachers 1 visit video phone
- Quick time (version? 3.0) VIDEO TAPES
- ETV Quick time VR-QT 2.0=QT3.0
- DISTANCE LEARNING LABS (web), CmDs
- CD ROM
- Telephone conference Cox Cable
- Radio Cable TV
- Data base mgmt. - email, web cam
- asynchronous system requirements
- synchronous bandwith, ram, rom, speed broc
- text based only operating system
- video interactive passive
- free vs commercial linear vs non linear
- cheap vs expensive desktop vs special education
- practical vs problematic access
- platform dependency?
- high tech vs low tech
The Technical Committee brain stormed the commonalities of all sites
WHAT DO ALL SITES HAVE (CD)
1) ALL HAVE AT LEAST 56K ACCESS [CONNECTIONS]
2) ALL HAVE POWERMACS
(what does this eliminate from the beginning?) Live/Video
(classroom Teachers),mhz, CD, Speakers, 16MB RAM, 500 AB HD,
(AV??) LocalTalk, OS 7.5
[Something done difference places, difference ways]
3) All Units have: Netscape 2.0, Quick time 2.0, email, Teach text
Compatible WP (versions?), Home page 2.0
Network Software Scanner Graphics Pkgs compatibilities Plug ins
Long term issues
PERIPHERALS THAT ALL WILL HAVE; From at least within Bldg.
- Scanner access - Quick cams
- Digital camera access
- Printer Access - cam corder -
- Laser (?) Shared
- Server [for storage]
- CAV Raising numbers, access issues, Telephone lines, removable
ALTERNATE TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE TO ALL:
- VIDEO TAPE - VCR's
- Telephone access
Support CD with applications etc - Burned
Other Important issues:
1. Enough Bandwith
2. Museum situations for compatibility
3. What kind of Support will be required & available
4. What other Technologies may be best use?
5. What Knowledge - ala Training will be required?
6. How will Graphics compatibilites be dealt with?
7. What Storage capacities will be required?
8. What are the Additional Components that will be needed for each
WE KNOW WE CAN DO:
- Static WEB pages
- Interactive Questionnaire
- email/List serve/ Forum
- Non-live Video (limited real video stream)
- Video tape
- CD Rom
WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO
- NETV, FX they are willing to change schedule - produce
- Telephone if can get access to line & speaker phone
- ZEBU if we have software & training (**)
- Live internet AUDIO if we have RIGHT COMPONENTS
Talking to Students, Formative evaluation important
Feedback from students included:
Keep it Simple
"YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PUT THE MISSION STATEMENT ON THE FIRST PAGE ARE YOU?"
IS THIS REALLY FOR STUDENTS?
What activities, Prospects, assignments, etc., will Students enjoy doing about the posters?
Write a creative story about the poster.
Draw their own poster & explain the reason behind it.
Create a product, make a poster, act out a commercial, act out what happening in the poster.
1 - Study the time period
2 - Contrast reasons for different posters
3 - Write an editorial about a poster
4 - Do a survey on whether people agree or disagree with posters
5 - Why do you like or dislike poster
6 - What details do you find interesting in any posters?
Students made suggestions for Web layout & conference activities
(1) First task is to design a DRAFT SET OF EVALUATION QUESTIONS...
we will ask for group feedback and input..as project progresses.
conference structure >< questions]. WORTH IT?
(2) We will want to ensure that the evaluation process takes FULL ADVANTAGE
OF THE WEB and other technologies...i.e. possibilities
(a) Web feedback or survey?
(b) Online Focus groups?
(c) Electronic evaluation portfolio?
(d) Tool for higher older questions
(3) We will probably want the evaluation to DOVETAIL AS SEEMLESSLY AS
POSSIBLE with the content and other aspects of the project...
(4) WAS THE CONFERENCE WORTH IT? KEY QUESTION
Create participation plan, create online submission
Create cover letter
Create Guideline sheet
Send to committee for approval & comments
Develop Poster trunks
Present workshops to each district
Create flyer & duplicate
Develop VC Web page
Content committee report:
The content committee focused on student centered electronic environment. The decision was made to have teachers facilitate a class discussion to have students create a proposal for conference involvement presentation. The RFP, or proposal form was named "Participation Plan"
Donalyn will create the participation form, and a list of guidelines to assist teachers in formulating this phase for presentation. Janet will work on creating a cover letter.
The deadline for submission is Dec. 16, 1998.
Donalyn, will design workshops to be presented at each site that will:
1 - Introduce teachers to posters - slide shows
2 - Have Teachers share this concept & explore how posters can
enhance that concept
3 - Introduce ConferNet 99
4 - Walk Teachers through the participation plan
Teachers can participate at various levels, from lurking to Students research & presentations, Teachers may just want to submit the poster exhibit or have students participate in online chats, panel discussions or ask a docent.
Donalyn, will design a flyer to promote the Virtual Conference and include Student artwork.
Donalyn, will also design & maintain a ConferNet 99 web site
return to the Community Discovered's Virtual Conference web site.