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For Program Requesters

Technology | Planning Ahead | Programming

Thank you for your interest in ISIS programs! Teachers and Activity Coordinators from across the United States have appreciated the learning experiences that ISIS programs have brought to their classrooms. Below, you will find information on how to request and facilitate a successful interactive video program. If you have a question that is not addressed in the information below or on our other website pages, please contact us at isis@iu.edu.

If you would like to request a program, click here, and return the completed form to the ISIS coordinator.

Technology

ISIS presenters can connect from Indiana University, where we are housed, to your school in several different ways.

    • IP connection: We use standard videoconferencing equipment such as Polycom or Tandberg systems to connect to other VC systems.
    • Skype: Any classroom equipped with internet capabilities and a webcam can connect to our media classrooms.
    • MOVI: Any classroom equipped with internet and a webcam can download special software that allows ISIS presenters to use videoconferencing equipment from our end allowing for a clearer more consistent connection than Skype.
    • Multi-site: We can also connect to multiple schools at once using our videoconferencing equipment and Indiana University powered virtual conference rooms.
    • ISDN: Minimum Broadcast Speed – 128 K, Maximum Broadcast Speed – 768 K

All technical connections will be tested ahead of time during a scheduled ‘test-call’. The ISIS coordinator can work with you to ensure that the program runs as smoothly as possible in terms of any technology issues.

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Planning Ahead

All of our programs are conducted by volunteers from Indiana University. Due to the nature of this model, programs are typically not designed until after a teacher/activities coordinator contacts us with a request. As such, it can take several weeks for all the pieces of a program to come together. Please try to make program requests at least 3 weeks in advance of desired dates.

Some other planning tips:

    • Contact your Distance Learning or Technologies Facilitator to find out the technical capabilities of your school/facility
    • Complete and submit ISIS Participation Form
      • Requests that list multiple potential dates/times have a higher success rate
      • Communicate any expectations or needs
    • Schedule a test-call
    • Prepare your students for the experience
      • Possible pre- program activities
      • Ask student to create good questions in advance

 

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Programming

The strength of ISIS programs is bringing the world to your students. As such, we have a few recommendations for you to get the best, highest quality experience.

    • Focus on presenter’s strengths
    • Use this as a unique opportunity
    • Do not ask for information that can be easily obtained from a text book
    • Prepare for a possible thick accent
    • Prepare students to make respectful comments
    • Have a back-up plan. Unfortunately, even with the best of planning and preparation, sometimes we can’t make a connection on the scheduled day (due to bad weather, illness, or sudden technology failure).

 


“Being able to dialogue with a professor who grew up near Zimbabwe is a priceless experience. This sort of learning cannot be matched by reading a book or by doing internet research. In one 45-minute event, I personally gained insight enabling me to better teach the African music unit I used with my classes. I will be able to share more information and details as I teach this unit to future students because of this experience.” – Westmont Hilltop School District, Pennsylvania