Keys to a Successful Session
We hope the following notes will help teachers
make the most of their ICN sessions.
It is very important to check that your registration has been confirmed.
It generally takes up to one week to complete the scheduling process.
To help teachers prepare students we have provided links and guides to
resources when available. Please review the materials with students so
they have some insightful questions or comments ready for when they are
To help publicize these special events, we have provided some general
press releases that can be customized and distributed to your local newspaper
or TV station. Also, read "A
Shoestring Media Guide to Promoting Your ICN Event".
As a writing activity, have students write press reports and articles
after the ICN session and distribute them to your local paper. Students
can also write articles for classroom, school or school district newsletters.
ICN activities are ideal ways to showcase some of the innovative things
students are doing. You are strongly encouraged to invite guests to join
you, such as school board members, legislators, community leaders, local
press, parents, and administrators. If there is someone in your community
connected to the subject of the video session, ask them to come along
to provide an extension experience.
Know your ICN classroom
If you are not familiar with how the video classroom equipment works you
can print the Distance
Learning Basics Handbook. It is
important you discuss microphone etiquette with students. If you still
have questions, contact your ICN site facilitator or regional scheduler
for advice. It is always a good idea to contact the site facilitator ahead
of time to inform them when you will be using the ICN classroom, to ask
for additional chairs if necessary, to make sure the room is unlocked,
and that the equipment will be turned on. Remember to make other necessary
arrangements, like transportation, teacher substitutes, parent volunteers
or rearrange lunch times.
Be on Time
It is impossible to schedule a statewide event to suit everyone's bell
schedule. However, we do hope teachers can make the necessary arrangements
to get their students to their ICN classroom a few moments before the
scheduled start time. ICN etiquette demands that a presenter wait until
everyone expected has arrived. They will be checking from the origination
site. Time wasted waiting is time lost for everyone.
Hands off the Microphones
Please instruct students not to key microphones at any time until invited
to do so, especially when coming into or leaving the room. You may not
catch the students’ comments, but everyone else will! Plus, it is difficult
for the origination site to keep control when being interrupted.
Stay to the End
Leaving before the end - although sometimes unavoidable - is discourteous
to everyone. Teachers are expected to stay with their students throughout
It is your responsibility to let the program providers know if
your class will not be attending, so we can offer the opportunity
to another school. Inform Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
- or phone (515) 725-9700 or (800) 532-1290, no less than four
days prior to the event. (ICN special opportunities are very popular,
and are made available at no charge to schools. However, the resources
used to produce them are considerable.)
In the event of technical difficulties that cannot be remedied locally,
call 242-3182 (on the classroom fiber phone, or 515-242-3182 from a regular
phone) for assistance from the IPTV Classroom Operations Information Center.
Please try not to interrupt the presentation.
It is important to hear your comments so we can continue to improve our
program. Teachers who have registered for IPTV produced events may fill
out an on-line evaluation. We thank you in advance for responding.
Send us your comments
or suggestions anytime.
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