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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

Marla Fries

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

Discovering Community Perspectives Through Posters

 

Mission Statement:

The Virtual Conference will be an electronic forum for learners to explore how works of art reflect and celebrate human experience.

 

ConferNet Is:

* An interactive structured meeting

* Not limited to geographic boundaries

* Focused on a prescribed theme, purpose, and outcome

 

ConferNet Will:

* 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:

 

Content:

Sheila Brown Dennis Hansen

Carl Clark Jane Lavino

Barb Dinslage Cindy McWhirter

Wanda Duff Margaret Proskovec

Colette de Frey Becky Sharpe

 

 

Millennial:

Ron Abdouch Liz Hoffman

Sheila Brown Robin Kammandel

Carl Clark

 

Publicity:

Ron Abdouch Pontier Sackrey

Cheri McIntrye Judy Samson

 

Assessment / Evaluation:

Neal Grandgenett & Janet Macklem

 

Technical:

Sue Burch Cheri McIntyre

Erik Clark Dennis McIntyre

Linda Engel Bill Menousek

Scott Isaacson Brian Page

Paul Lindgren Sue Reiber

David Stratton

 

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:

 

TOOL

 

- 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

- Students

- Quick time (version? 3.0) VIDEO TAPES

- ETV Quick time VR-QT 2.0=QT3.0

- SATELLITE

- ACTV=server;video,chat,html

- DISTANCE LEARNING LABS (web), CmDs

(wireless)

- CD ROM

- Telephone conference Cox Cable

- Radio Cable TV

- Data base mgmt. - email, web cam

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GROUPINGS

 

- asynchronous system requirements

- synchronous bandwith, ram, rom, speed broc

- text based only operating system

- video interactive passive

- audio

- text

- 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

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PERIPHERALS THAT ALL WILL HAVE; From at least within Bldg.

 

- Scanner access - Quick cams

- Digital camera access

- Printer Access - cam corder -

- Laser (?) Shared

- VCR

- Server [for storage]

- CAV Raising numbers, access issues, Telephone lines, removable

storage, Support

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ALTERNATE TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE TO ALL:

 

- NETV

- VIDEO TAPE - VCR's

- Telephone access

Support CD with applications etc - Burned

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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

activity?

 

WE KNOW WE CAN DO:

 

- Static WEB pages

- Interactive Questionnaire

- email/List serve/ Forum

- Chat

- Non-live Video (limited real video stream)

- Video tape

- CD Rom

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WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO

 

IF

 

- 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

 

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EVALUATION POINTS

 

Talking to Students, Formative evaluation important

Feedback from students included:

Keep it Simple

Use Graphics

"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

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Donalyn's Tasks:

Create participation plan, create online submission

Create cover letter

Create Guideline sheet

Send to committee for approval & comments

Develop11/3/98 workshops

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.