What are Classroom Videoconferencing Made Easy Workshops? The Classroom Videoconferencing Made Easy Workshop is a professional development training session aimed at educators in the Los Angeles Area. If accepted, teams of participants are invited to attend the free workshop focusing on the use of videoconferencing in the classroom to meet state content standards. How did this project come about? In 2010 the California State Parks Foundation received a grant from the Toyota corporation. The goal of this grant is to spread the word about all of the wonderful resources that our State Parks offer. As a part of the State Parks system, PORTS (Park Online Resources for Teachers and Students) conducts hundreds of videoconferences each year with students and teachers from around the state of California. The California Parks Foundation, PORTS, and Computer Using Educators (CUE) have teamed up to provide teachers with videoconferencing equipment and professional development. As a teacher, what's in it for me and my students? If you and a colleague (we're asking for teams of 2-3 teachers per school) attend a 3 hour PD you will receive a number of videoconferencing resources, a complimentary 1 year membership to CUE, and a free Creative Labs InPersonVideoconferencing unit that you can take back to your school site. What do I have to do to participate? First, apply and attend the workshop with your team. Then, once back on campus, begin using the videoconferencing unit to connect your students to California State Parks and other videoconferencing sites across the globe. Lastly, we ask all participants to provide feedback and usage information for both workshop evaluation and grant data collection purposes. We expect these inquiries to occur annually through June 2013 and only require minimal time investment. Can I Use the Workshop Curriculum at my own site? Yes! The workshop curriculum was collaboratively developed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Derivative 3.0 License by CUE, the California State Parks Foundation and the PORTS project. The project was principally led by Youssef Elias, the curriculum's author. That means that anyone can use the CVME curriculum to lead workshops in their own school, district, office or classroom. Click on the license itself to see the specific requirements of its use. How do I get started? First, recruit a colleague or two from your school site, then take a look at the PD calendar to find the next CVME workshop. Have each member of your team fill out and submit the application form using the link on the sidebar of this webpage. Make sure you contact your school or district IT representative to confirm that you would be capable of conducting videoconferences from your school site. This information is required on your application form. You will receive a response from one of our CVME Team Members. What are CVME's goals? Our goal is to train over six hundred (600) teachers in the use of videoconferencing by June 2013. Further, we hope to collect data on the impact of these workshops to demonstrate the grant's effectiveness. Most importantly, we hope to positively impact student achievement through the implementation of classroom videoconferencing.