California Educational Data Processing Association
DataBus - Vol. 38, No. 2
Training: Academy to offer expanded offerings for technologists.
Virginia Steiner, WestEd
Last year, WestEd began the Internet Technical Academy (ITA) Project in order to research and facilitate Internet integration in the California education system. After surveying schools for their current needs in the area of Internet training, ITA conducted a three-day summer institute focusing on networking and troubleshooting fundamentals. This year, ITA plans on expanding its offerings by providing regional workshops and satellite teleconferences focused on topics such as technology planning and Internet integration in the classroom.
Following last year's success in training over 130 school-site network support staff in Internet network design and support issues, ITA once again conducted a survey to identify this year's top technology training needs. The following ITA offerings are in response to the needs and concerns voiced from the field:
In addition to offering the new workshops and satellite series, ITA will continue to produce the ITA Newsletter. The newsletter will provide supporting "how to" documentation for the Advanced Internet Applications Workshops. If you are not subscribed to the ITA Newsletter listserv and would like to receive the upcoming "how to" issues, send an email message to: . In the body of the message, write:
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ITA is currently investigating the use of these advanced Internet applications in education-related projects. If you are using such applications in ways listed above, or know of someone who is, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Virginia Steiner, ITA Workshop Director, by 405.
For more information on any or all of these events, or if you have relevant experiences that you would like to share, please contact Mark Aronica, ITA Project Director, at , or at (415) 565-3056.
WestEd is a non-profit research, development, and service agency dedicated to improving education and other opportunities for children, youth, and adults. Drawing on the best from research and practice, we work with practitioners and policymakers to address critical issues in education and other related areas.
The agency was created in 1995 to unite and enhance the capacity of Far West Laboratory and Southwest Regional Laboratory, two of the nation's original education laboratories created by Congress in 1966. In addition to our work across the nation, WestEd serves as the regional education laboratory for Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. Our headquarters are in San Francisco, with additional offices in Arizona; Massachusetts; Washington, DC; and elsewhere in California.
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