On Friday, January 10, 2002, Pittsylvania
County Schools broke new ground by connecting two social studies
classrooms. Students who were 32 miles apart were able to see, hear
and talk with one another over our secure network.
Pictured (L to R): Mr.
Brandon Scruggs onsite at Dan River High and Mr. Patrick
Touart stationed at Tunstall High.
What does secure mean?
It simply means that no one outside of Pittsylvania County Schools
could access the session.
Why would I want to do
this? Imagine the possibilities of sharing the resources of
a colleague with a joint lesson plan. Imagine the benefits of your
students interacting with their peers in another school.
Who can participate?
This trial run was our first
attempt. We were pleased by the success and we'd like to hold another
session. For now, we are limited, however,
to connections from our main regional nodes. This means that for the time being we can only set up conferences
between the four high schools and the Career & Technical Center.*
Let us hear from you. If you'd have a project idea, please submit them to
us. Thanks for making PCS classrooms come alive!
Pictured (L to
R): Ms. Katie Petrick's class at DRHS
participated in a video conference hosted by
Mr. Ed Motley's (see inset) class at THS.
The two classes enjoyed a presentation by
acclaimed author, John Gilstrap (pictured in
Pictured: Mrs. Carrie Touart and
Rebecca Helton, MS, CCC-SLP of James Madison University. Helton is
a clinical supervisor for the speech and language clinic at JMU.