ERIC Number: ED473548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Annual Rural Technology Institute (2nd, Lawrence, Kansas, July 29-31, 2002).
The second annual Rural Technology Institute (RTI) was a 3-day training event designed to help rural educators increase their school's or district's capacity to use technology for learning. Three strands focused on technology issues within the areas of administration, curriculum, or infrastructure support. Participating schools or districts were asked to send a team of three individuals so that one representative could attend each strand. This was based on research that suggests that the most useful school technology programs are planned and implemented jointly by administrators, teachers, and information technology staff. Thirty-seven people attended, representing 11 school districts and 5 states (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming). Participants attended a number of general sessions covering topics such as calculating the total cost of ownership within a technology program, distance learning demonstrations, information regarding the Missouri Virtual School, and a discussion on filtering and Internet safety. In addition, each strand included a number of specialized sessions. The administration strand included a briefing on federal and state policy, NETS*A technology standards for administrators, copyright and fair use guidelines, and data-driven decision making. The curriculum strand focused on curriculum resources, technology-rich curriculum unit design, and professional development options. The infrastructure strand addressed technology resources, network security and collaboration, licensing, and inventory issues. There was also a small vendor's fair featuring a number of software and Web sites that offer technological solutions for teaching and learning. (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning.