About LEARN: Activities & Accomplishments
K-12 Public Schools Use LEARN To Bring Education to Texas Children
The Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN) uses the LEARN network to connect the K-12 community across Texas to improve student performance and to increase the efficiency of public school educational programs via an integrated statewide network. TETN is a consortium of 21 entities; the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the 20 Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs). ESC Region XIII is the fiscal agent for their collaboration and is responsible for the consortium budget and the TETN office.
In accordance with the Texas Education Agency's Long Range Plan for Technology, TETN supports the mission of the Education Service Centers and Independent Schools Districts by providing distance education, virtual field trips, access to global educational activities, and professional development for teachers and administrators. Highlights of programs that were available to Texas public school children in 2012 include:
- K-12 Educators Receive Virtual Concussion Training - TETN and Cook Children's Hospital hosted concussion training for public school districts and charter schools with students who take part in athletic activities. Required by Texas House Bill 2038, the program gave school personnel a thorough understanding of concussion related matters. Interactive Video Conferencing over the LEARN network was the main technology used, but participants could also join in person at Cook's Medical Center in Fort Worth, or via TETN's webcast. Over 600 attendees received 2.5 professional development credits.
- Presidential Primary Sources Project - TETN partnered with the Internet2 K20 Initiative to host a collaborative project with Presidential Libraries and Museums and National Parks known as the Presidential Primary Sources Project. The year-long initiative focuses on global democracy with the providers offering video conferencing sessions and primary source documents associated with their topic. TETN worked with LEARN and three other state networks, Idaho Education Network, MAGPI, and North Dakota EduTech and Internet2 Commons to offer the program. K20 representatives also collaborated to offer social media collateral including a Facebook page, Tweet site and the use of MUSE to host video recordings and links to source documents. Students who are participating in the program will create projects in the spring of 2013 and present their work in a culminating video conference event.
Participating in the inaugural program are:
- George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
- Harry S. Truman Library
- Theodore Roosevelt Center
- Mount Rushmore
- Valley Forge National Park
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
- K-12 Students Access Virtual College Visits - TETN hosted virtual tours for high school students of potential colleges throughout the state of Texas. As a part of the initiative, 17 Texas colleges presented information about their history, mission, degree plans and financial/admission requirements via video conferencing. Students texted questions to the various presenters on many topic areas. Both college recruiters and students enjoyed the virtual opportunity that allowed participants to screen colleges for potential on campus visits.