Memphis City Schools Unveils First Distance Learning Lab
Many Other Labs Planned as District Acts on Its Digital Ambitions
On March 29, 2012, Memphis City Schools (MCS) opened its first distance learning lab at Kingsbury High School, the first of many that are planned for the district. Thanks to the district’s investment in videoconferencing technology, students will now have the opportunity to explore the world on virtual field trips, earn dual-enrollment credits, and take AP classes and foreign language courses, while teachers can use the labs for professional development. As MCS Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations told students at the lab’s unveiling, the lab erases distance. “You can bridge the gap. You can learn from the best, wherever you are. Sitting right here in your classroom at Kingsbury High.”
The Idaho Education Network, powered by ENA, is expanding the possibilities in ID classrooms
In 2009 work began on the Idaho Education Network (IEN), a statewide, high-speed K-12 network designed, implemented and managed by ENA. Today, all 194 high schools in the state are connected to the IEN, giving even the most remote students and teachers instant access to the world and dramatically expanding what’s possible in Idaho’s classrooms. See what’s happening over the IEN in this video developed with the help of Idaho Public Television.
See ENA Live in action!
In the video below, three ENA colleagues and Jessica Thomas, the data and instructional technology coach at Monroe County Public Schools, TN, discuss the operational and instructional versatility of ENA Live. Just a few months into deployment of their new solution, Monroe County is already using ENA Live to more cost-effectively and conveniently conduct staff meetings, service special education students, extend the reach of their health specialists throughout the geography, take virtual field trips and increase the efficiency of the maintenance department, with near-term plans to utilize the solution for remediation, internal and external communication and dual-credit courses. The district’s goal, says Thomas, is to become more “efficient and effective” with ENA’s versatile, inexpensive, cloud-based VTC solution. The session was recorded on September 22, 2011, for a presentation at the ISBA/IAPSS (Indiana School Boards Association/Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents) Fall Conference in Indianapolis.
Joan Gray, Director of Technology
Bedford County Schools, TN
Randy Damewood, Technology Coordinator
Coffee County Schools, TN
Beverly Martin, Library Director
Johnson County Public Library System, IN
Jeff Sigworth, Technology Coordinator
Greencastle Schools, IN
Karen Kippenbrock, Technology Coordinator
Southeast Dubois County Schools, IN
George Tachtiris, Director of Technology and Media
Crown Point Schools, IN