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Wednesday, August 04, 2010


REL-Midwest: Online Learning Opportunities For Rural Schools

A reminder that Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) - Midwest pre-conference event focused on Online Learning Opportunities for Rural Schools is being held today and I will be blogging about all of the sessions (except my own, which I hope to record and podcast later). Again, I'll disclose here that I am one of the keynote speakers at this REL-Midwest event. The sessions they have organized include:
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

8:30−9:15 a.m. Registration

9:15–9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • Matt Dawson, Ph.D., Director, REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates
9:30–11:00 a.m. Framing the Conversation: Enhancing the Educational Outcomes of Rural Children Through Distance Learning and Technology
  • Moderator: Doris Terry Williams, Ph.D., Director of Capacity Building for the Rural School and Community Trust
  • Presenter: Matt Irvin, Ph.D., National Research Center on Rural Education Support
  • Commentators:
    • Nancy Burns, Superintendent, West Salem School District
    • Dawn Nordine, Director, Wisconsin Virtual School and CESA 9 Instructional Technology
    • Annette Walaszek, Teacher, Wisconsin Virtual School
11:00–11:30 a.m. Collaborative Discussion With Panel

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00–2:00 p.m. The Virtual Algebra Study: Impact of Offering an Online Algebra I Course to Eighth Graders With No Local Access
  • Keynote Presenter: Peggy Clements, Ph.D., REL Northeast and Islands at Education Development Center
2:00–2:45 p.m. Rural K–12 Students’ Learning in Virtual School Environments
  • Keynote Presenter: Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology, Wayne State University
2:45–3:00 p.m. Break

3:00–3:45 p.m. Reflections and Connections

3:45–4:15 p.m. Sharing Connections and Concluding Remarks
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Matt Irvin, National Research Center on Rural Education Support
    • Dr. Peggy Clements, REL Northeast and Islands
    • Dr. Michael Barbour, Wayne State University
4:15 p.m. Adjournment
This entry has been cross-posted at REL-Midwest: Online Learning Opportunities For Rural Schools on Virtual School Meanderings.

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