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ITC videoconferencing offers solution for schools

(May 13, 2004)--In the wake of cuts in school funding, videoconferencing is an innovative and economical solution for educators across the nation. Just ask Ed Johnson, videoconferencing coordinator at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures.

"We have seen an interest in videoconferencing at all levels from pre-kindergarteners to Ph.D. students to ESL classes to professional training," said Johnson. "We have so many resources at the institute that can be easily put into a customized program."

Johnson has coordinated distance learning programs for the past year. He says the dramatic increase in demand for distance learning is due not only to school locations, but also to schools diversifying their curriculum and lack of financial resources for field trips.

Each of the 45-50 minute sessions emphasizes an assortment of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) elements. Students and teachers actively participate with artifacts, and multimedia resources in a variety of program topics such as aviation, archaeology, holidays and ethnic groups. Custom programs are also available.

For more information, contact Ed Johnson at 210-458-2223 or visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site.

--Tina Luther



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