The Eye of the Storm

I feel like I’m in the eye of a storm. Today, March 8, is the day between the Read Around the Planet and the RAP World Language Connections. And for once in this year, I have NO videoconferences scheduled. Silence in my office. I can’t believe it! So I’m catching up and part of that is cleaning up my clippings of things to blog about. So here are some odds and ends.

Muskingum Valley ESC
In February, one of our schools tried a program from Muskingum Valley ESC. I didn’t get to see it because I was running a MysteryQuest. However, here’s the evaluation comments from the teacher:

The presenter was excellent, she used lots of different mediums, and she was wonderful with our students (positive, calling them by name, etc.). We have an anti-bullying program in our weekly LifeSkills Classes so I would recommend this to schools without a program in place; perhaps for 3rd grade level (we had 4th). The presentation was long…75 minutes, but our kids enjoyed being taught by a long distance teacher.

They have several interesting programs for all the grade levels. Check them out!

VC Used in Congressional Hearings
In a quiet moment of catching up on reading a while ago, I found this article from Eutopia intriguing because of the picture! The caption reads:

Alvin Toffler appears on a television monitor as he testifies before a Congressional Economic Committee in June on Capitol Hill. This is the first time that interactive video and teleconferencing technology has been used during congressional hearings.

Nice to know Congress is using VC to get work done too!

Albany Institute of Art
This little snippet is pretty cool. The Albany Institute of Art put together a little promo video about their programs. Check it out!

Cool Stuff Paul is Doing
Are you reading Paul Hieronymous’ blog? Here are some project ideas I saved for future reference:

Thanks, Paul, for documenting all these good ideas!

About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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