Tuesday, April 28, 2009 About Network Nebraska
The second USDLA session I attended was full of information on Network Nebraska. Network Nebraska was actually recently featured in Distance Learning … A Magazine for Leaders and the article is reprinted, with persmission, on the Network Nebraska website. The website also has very complete list of information on how the project was implemented.
For me, as a K-12 videoconferencing coordinator, listening to the fourth, and final presenter speak was the most interesting. Dr. Dan Hoesing is superintendent of four Nebraska school districts and is a big proponent of distance learning. Hoesing is all about personal communication: he emphasized more than once that students learn as a group, yet interact as individuals. A perfect combination of the two a desirable place for kids to learn. He also feels that education is about developing relationships and that high tech and high touch are important to keeping kids engaged. Hoesing enthusiasm for education- and distance learning- was very exciting. Network Nebraska anticipates have mobile vc carts in every high school in the state by next school year! (They use Polycom and TANDBERG).
Other speakers on Network Nebraska (setting all this up took lots of time, energy and people!) included:
- Tom Rolfes, Education I.T. Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer and Nebraska Information Technology Commision
- Gordon Roethemeyer, Executive Director, Nebraska Distance Education Council
- Ted Nafzger, Sales Manager, Renovo Software, Inc.