Iowa Distance Education Alliance:
Iowa’s Star Schools Project
Year 10 -- October
1, 2002 to September 30, 2003
This project demonstrates and supports the use of
a statewide telecommunications network for K-12 education. Iowa’s network, called the Iowa
Communications Network (ICN), provides full-motion, two-way interactive
video, data (Internet) and long distance voice services. Of the ICN’s current
746 video classrooms, 395 are at K-12 schools, 16 are at regional K-12
service agencies and 153 are at higher education institutions. Project
goals include: supporting access to ICN telecommunications resources at
the PK-8 grade levels and providing access to distance learning resources
through ICN video classroom and Internet-based courses. Anticipated project
outcomes: PK-8 schools will have additional resources to expand and continue
access to ICN video and data services and an Iowa Virtual High School will be established to provide
expanded educational curriculum offerings for Iowa high school students.
Contact: Dr. Pamela Pfitzenmaier
Phone: (515) 725-9720
Fax: (515) 725-9838
Iowa Public Television
6450 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131-6450
Goal #1: Iowa elementary and middle school
educators and students will be supported in distance learning technologies
by access to Iowa Communications Network (ICN) video and data
Activity 1.1 Provide resources to public
elementary and middle schools to increase telecommunications access for
Internet and desktop videoconferencing services through the ICN.
Goal #2: Iowa educators and students will
have access to distance learning resources through ICN video classroom
and Internet-based courses.
Activity 2.1 Coordinate the development
and implementation of the Iowa Virtual High School.
Goal #3: Project management and evaluation
will document the impact of, and provide direction to, activities of the
Activity 3.1 Project management staff
will provide coordination and facilitation for all grant
Activity 3.2 The
evaluation team will collect, analyze and report data to support all aspects
of the evaluation plan.