Dr. Lane key speaker at KPMG Peat Marwick
Dr. Carla Lane, Executive Director of TEC,
was invited by the internationally renowned business consulting
firm, KPMG Peat Marwick, to be a key presenter at their three-day
"21st Century Summit Conference" in Boca Raton, Florida.
Considered an expert in the area of educational technologies
and learning styles, Dr. Lane addressed 200 top industry leaders
and their alliance partners on the topic of distributed learning
and how the use of learning styles and multiple intelligences
increases the impact of learning in mediated courses.
TEC Personal Learning Model BETA Nears
Providing course material in a student's
preferred learning style offers quicker, better learning with
a higher retention rate. The question becomes how to ascertain
learning styles for online courses. To meet this need, TEC, in
partnership with Performance Learning Systems of Nevada City,
California, is developing the Personal Learning Model (PLM);
the PLM is an online learning styles/ multiple intelligences
(LS/MI) assessment that will determine a student's preferred
learning style and secondary learning modes.
The PLM is not a "paper-and-pencil"
type test; rather it will be a series of tasks and problems to
solve in a virtual environment. The responses will be tracked
and built into a LS/MI profile. The profile is tagged, stored
in a database, and passed to an online course so material can
be presented in the preferred learning style. PLM adheres to
the Educause/Information Management System (IMS) standards, and
utilizes object-oriented, reusable learning objects.
The PLM, developed in Asymetrix software,
is nearing completion and we are pleased to announce that BETA
testing on the software will commence shortly.
Online Cosmetic Surgery Training Utilizes
3-D Interactive Simulation
TEC is currently working with Dr. James
Fulton, co-developer of Retin-A, and renown cosmetic/plastic
surgeon in Newport Beach, California, to develop web-based training
for his bleeding-edge (no pun intended! ) practices. The courses
will be offered to physicians throughout the world. The training
utilizes a virtual-reality product from Eon Reality, Inc., which
allows users to manipulate and practice surgical techniques on
a 3-D interactive simulation of a person after watching Dr. Fulton
perform a training session online. TEC foresees terrific potential
for the Eon software to be used in any training that requires
hands-on manipulation of objects, and/or is aiming to reach the
TEAMS Project Evaluation: Los Angeles
County Office of Education
TEAMS Distance Learning brings exemplary
learning opportunities to K-8 students, teachers, and parents
across the United States through nationally televised satellite
broadcasts and the Internet. Learners use instructional technologies
to access a combination of the best features of time-dependent
(synchronous) video-based instruction along with time-independent
(asynchronous) computer access to multimedia and the Internet.
TEAMS is now the largest satellite distance
learning provider of instruction for the elementary grades in
the United States. Over 140,000 students and 4,000 teachers from
20 states plus the District of Columbia receive direct student
instruction and professional development transmitted via satellite
from the ETN studio facilities at the Los Angeles County Office
TEAMS Distance Learning has won eleven
national awards for program excellence, and is highly regarded
in the educational community for its unique learning design which
provides hands-on motivational instruction for students and long
term professional development for teachers. TEC conducted the
largest research study ever conducted on a distance learning
program and surveyed thousands of TEAMS participants over a four
year period. This survey of teachers and students demonstrated
conclusively that this distance learning program significantly
improves instruction in the elementary and middle school grades.
TEC is proud to be named the evaluator for the project for the
TEAMS is funded in part by Star Schools
legislation through the U.S. Department of Education's Office
of Educational Research and Improvement (O.E.R.I.). Web site
Mountain Plains Distance Learning Partnership
Mountain Plains Distance Learning Partnership
focuses on the needs of the Native American population in the
vast intermountain region which it services. This partnership
of four states is developing an electronic, virtual campus employing
a two-way audio and visual interactive connection using fully
scaleable high speed digital ATM microwave technology, electronic
transmission and receiving classrooms, and computer-assisted
instructional programming centers. Teachers are empowered to
design and deliver interactive multimedia curricula to remote
communities for K-14 students and adults using a comprehensive
training model and multimedia curriculum strategies.
The project provides services in Utah,
Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. TEC is moving into the third
year as the project's evaluator and was the evaluator on the
Four Corners Project for three years prior to the next Star Schools
funding round. TEC conducted the on-site evaluation in April.
The project is funded by Star Schools legislation
through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational
Research and Improvement (O.E.R.I.). Check out the web site at
San Bernardino Student and Teacher Excellence
Project (STEP) Evaluation
San Bernardino County is one of the few
areas in the US selected to offer its students accelerated science
and math programs based on material from NASA. TEC, chosen as
the evaluator of this innovative program with its winning use
of technology in the classroom, is working closely with the STEP
staff to provide total educational improvement through the integration
of staff development, curriculum development, home access, evaluation
and technology/ infrastructure support. The project is built
on the belief that educational improvement is not a function
of a single intervention, but a system of interventions. TEC
has completed the research design and survey instruments and
will conduct site surveys for four days in June.
High quality curriculum development is
a project emphasis. Project STEP targets highly focused math
and science concepts and explore these concepts in depth. It
follows the recommendations of the Third International Mathematics
and Science Study (TIMSS) and the National Science Standards
that, "more emphasis should be placed on studying a few
fundamental science concepts" and limit the number of topics
covered at each grade level.
NASA resources are invaluable in helping
students see the relevance of math and science in the real world.
Each Project STEP unit of study is results-driven with a rigorous
application activity, based on NASA project resources, embedded
into the curriculum. Learning progresses from understanding to
application, and then to application in dynamic, unpredictable
situations. Instruction emphasizes "doing" rather than
In collaboration with the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory and the Dreyden Flight Center, teachers are involved
in wide variety of professional development activities. Professional
development activities are a key feature of the STEP project
with a full-time mentor teacher assigned at each project school.
This commitment to on-going multi-strategy professional development
supports networks of teachers at the site, regional, and county
Web site at http://step.k12.ca.us
Oakland Unified School District Core Values
The Oakland Unified School District received
a California state Challenge grant 1998. TEC has been named the
evaluator and recently completed a weeklong site visit for the
The Core Values Projects addresses four
identified needs of its 10,694 middle school students: They don't
think critically or historically. They are not proficient readers,
writers, and speakers. They are not presented with opportunities
to work within a constructivist approach to learning. They do
not systematically use technology tools to support academic progress.
However, the adoption of curriculum embedded assessments has
allowed Oakland to go beyond measuring failure to design a data-driven
program for middle schools that is at the heart of this proposal.
The project incorporates a linked progression
of content, technology skills and habits of mind that move students
from investigating the past to taking an active citizenship role
to address current community problems. To develop these skills
students have access to networked, multi-media research pods
and the instruction based on their usage. Professional development
for teachers within the LA/SS/ELD content areas connects technology,
curriculum and classroom practice to ensure progress in student
achievement, curriculum development and technology integration.
Teachers are collaborating with U.C. Berkeley and the Oakland
Museum to create on-line resources to address specific needs
in the LA/SS/ELD curriculum. Schools will recruit and train staff
from community based organizations, technology volunteers and
parents to be "community service project partners,"
increase classroom support, and continue networking classes.
Teachers have "just-in-time" on-site technical assistance.
The district's 24 hour educational cable channel, Web page, videoconferencing,
and School Calling system extend staff development and the instructional
day, give access to enriched learning resources, and improve
Using Project-Based Learning Strategies,
OUSD Core Values students:
Check out the web site at http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/cv/
Seeking New DL Solutions: TeleCon East
The TeleCon East (Washington, DC, March)
and TeleCon West (Anahaim, CA, Oct ) conferences are super-charged
shows that feature cutting-edge technologies, and the opportunity
to network with others focused on using technology to enhance
learning. The TeleCon East conference has been reconfigured to
be the world's LEADING conference in Distance Learning and, as
chairs and producers of the TeleCon shows, TEC is seeking examples
of brand-new distance learning applications and products. Contact
us so we can spotlight your solutions !
Dr. Carla Lane is co-chairing the TeleCon
East show with Shirley Davis, Director, Learning Innovations,
PBS Adult Learning Service, who is the current president of the
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Dr. Jolly
Holden who is USDLA president-elect and Chief Learning Strategist
Spacenet , Inc.
TEC Online Courses
Too busy to attend a sit-down class after
working all day? Join other busy professionals who want to stay
current in the latest trends in educational technologies - enroll
in a TEC online course. Customized courses are available when
five or more people enroll from the same organization.
The following courses are currently being
Introduction to Distributed Learning
- 15 hours - asynchronous online and audio conferencing - $89
An overview of the online learning environment,
products, and learning models used in presenting online education
to users in diverse locations. Includes the characteristics of
a good candidate for online courses.
Using Technology to Address Learning
Styles - 15 hours - asynchronous online and audio-conferencing-
For all the years since Socrates, most
teachers and trainers have presented information to trainees
or students in one format-lecture. However, studies has shown
that presenting information to students in their preferred learning
style provides a learning impact more quickly, with learning
easier to retrieve, easier to apply, and more deeply understood.
Acquire an overview of how to addresses learning styles in online
TEC courses are facilitated by Dr. Lane
and Joanne Carle-Accornero, developers and instructors for numerous
online programs including UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University
of Phoenix Online.
Course sections will have limited enrollments!
For more information and to enroll, call 949-369-3867.