Inspired Classroom Distance Education Course for Schools 

The Inspired Classroom Distance Education Course  (ICDEC) package provides educational institutions with the necessary training for the successful implementation and adoption of interactive distance learning in the classroom and in the school system. It is ideal for all school wishing to implement Interactive Distance Learning and meets all criteria for USDA RUS grant funding. The area that most impacts the success of interactive distance learning is an organization’s willingness and commitment to train those who will use the technology for teaching and the staff for system wide use on an on-going basis.  Providing initial and follow-up training for personnel is imperative, but many organizations tend to under-invest in this area despite the fact that the adoption of this technology relies on staff members’ skill and interest.

The Inspired Classroom Distance Education Course (ICDEC) enables schools and universities to optimize the use of video communication technology in the classroom and within their system. Designed by teachers, for teachers, the ICDEC package provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary for successfully implementing a distance learning program and planning the use of expensive video conferencing equipment. Expert trainers work with your school personnel to ensure the training meets your specific needs.

  • Cost-effective program for training a large number of educators at both local and dispersed location levels
  • Maximizes adoption and ease-of-use by providing core training on video communication solutions.
  • Provides framework, guidelines and hands-on activities for developing distance learning progrmas adn classroom applications.
  • Tips for planning interactive distance learning content and delivery to acheive the greatest impact.
  • An individulalized program, designed for the participants based on their needs, levels of expereince, goals and avilaibility.
  • Quarterly live interadtive video updates to answer questions, share ideas and plant seeds. 

Segment 1 — 3 hours:  Distance Learning and Your Students

One more thing—why would I want to do this?

 Rigorous and relevant instruction can only come with connection to the real world.  Interactive distance learning warps time and space to bring experts into the classroom and develops your students’ voices as a part of the community. In this first session, participants will explore a how students explore content and then create and collaborate with others. Topics include: • Interactive virtual field trips from content providers • Teacher to teacher and student to student collaborations • Student created content


Segment 2 — 3 hours:  Distance Learning and Your Curriculum

How does this cover the standards and learning outcomes? 

Integrating sources of content can be used in the environment to deliver a rich media experience for remote students. Participants will discuss using distance learning as part of their whole technology integration plan.  Educators discuss the best practice of a distance education environment. They will learn how to replace verbal instruction with visual instruction, manage the classroom setting with the technology and how to set up the content staging area.

Because video interviewing and meeting is a large part of a student’s world after graduation, student etiquette and best practices will be covered. Participants will also work in small groups to formulate ideas for classroom videoconferencing projects, including student practice sessions and present the ideas to the entire group.


Segment 3 — 3 hours:  Distance Learning and Your School

In this segment, participants explore ways that interactive video conferencing can be used to support connections with specialists, parents, and the community.  Examples of uses will be given and scenarios presented for problem solving plans to be developed.  Expert connections will be made to demonstrate how technology can be used as an extra staff member in your school. This last session wraps up with a discussion of “next steps” for the participants and a plan for going forward.


Live Quarterly Updates

The most effective training includes support and follow-up.  Quarterly updates keep ideas flowing, gives a forum for staff support and connection to distance learning and technology experts.  Schools and universities have packed agendas of important initiatives. Using a brief quarterly update format insures that the investment made in technology will be effective.  Archived updates are available for review.