About proyer

Currently the Director of the LCTN, a 19 district cooperative bringing ITV and Broadband Internet to schools in West Central Minnesota. We connect each school to our Gig WAN. We share Internet services betwen all 19 distticts, getting very cost effecient access for all schools. In addition we have a videoconferencing MCU in order to connect each schools codec as well as to resources outside our network. We also have cooperative servers that run video streaming applications to email filtering all as part of our cooperative assessment.

IP VCR

Its hard to believe the LCTN has only had the IP VCR for a year. The tool that allows us to record a videoconference has been used daily since we installed it. Most people now ask if the conference is going to be recorded as they have a conflict with the current date and time of the original conference or they want others to watch the conference.

We used it daily for our Chinese classes allowing students who missed the class or those who wanted to see the lecture again, a chance to view the course from their home computer.

Whats really hard is to tell someone we can not record an event, like the total Knee replacement surgeries due to limitaions placed on us by the provider.

The IP VCR seemlessly integrates into our videoconferencing MCU. The MCU can connect up to 20 videoconferencing sites and allows us to set up the IP VCR to record as soon as the connection is made to all sites.

Thanks Blandin on providing us with the grant funds to be able to purchase this wonderful piece of equipment!

Pete R

LCTN

light speed communityThe Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.

News from Hutchinson and Little Crow Telemedia Network

Here is a link to our Veterans Day presentation where we brought in a chaplain who was serving in Iraq and presented to the student body in Glencoe. KARE-11 did a nice job on covering the story.

We also recorded the event so others could watch who could not make it to the presentation. The link was made through our video gateway on Internet 2, which is a broadband channel set up for these kinds of broadband applications. We linked with a group out of Washington, DC to help us find a video endpoint in Iraq.

We also connected two separate times to area high schools who were able to watch and interact with a surgical team as they performed a live total knee replacement. ACGC schools in Grove City, MN and YME schools in Granite Falls, MN each had high School Science classes be part of a live surgery. The students were sent curriculum kits before the surgery so they understood the procedure and why they needed to do the surgery but also the procedures involved in replacing a knee. The students were able to interact with the entire surgical team which was based in Ohio. During pre event questions about one half of the students were looking into the medical field. After the surgery over 70% of the students were now interested in going into the medical field. We only had one student leave during the surgery as it was pretty graphic and even though it was connected at 384 kbs the picture quality was fairly good.

We did get some press, but I am unable to find the article.

We also just completed our second year of Chinese language. The teacher is from the Metro area and we connect via videoconferencing. This is not unusual as about 8 years ago we received Japanese from Brooklyn Center and Russian from St. Cloud State. This is just a continuation of what we are able to do as a technology cooperative and an emphasis on Distance Learning. Since the Little Crow Telemedia Network (LCTN) and the Minnesota River Valley Education District (MRVED) share a gig WAN we are able to cooperatively share some servers and services. We bring Atomic Learning into the districts which is tutorial systems of quicktime movies instructing students and staff in how to use a variety of software. The step by step procedures allow students and staff the ability to watch the quicktime movie and then go and do the same steps on their software. They can also pause and replay the quicktime movies as they learn how to use their software.

In addition to the videoconferencing applications, the LCTN-MRVED WAN hosts a video streaming server which allows students and staff to watch and download educational videos which have been digitize and broken up into components which are also tied to grad standards. In the past we used United Streaming, but now we are switching to Learn360 which will give us better quality to the desktop.

The LCTN also hosts a Moodle server which allows us to host Online classes as well as provide a support for traditional classroom instruction. Moodle allows students to get resources from instructors 24×7 as well as allowing for discussion groups and live documents, wikis.

light speed communityThe Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.

IP VCR url

For anyone who would like to view some of the meetings we have recorded on our IP VCR please go to the following url:

http://156.98.62.56

Click on the pull down menu and select the speed, I would suggest 128kbps in either quicktime or WMV.

have fun,

Pete

light speed communityThe Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.

Little Crow Telemedia Network Update

The IP VCR has been used many times since we installed it.

We recorded our Veterans Day connection to Iraq to “bring home” by video a local pastor.

We have used to record training sessions for Erate, Online Testing and Financial training.

It has become an expected thing for us to record videoconferencing session for anybody to watch later, what a great great tool!

light speed communityThe Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.