Press Release for Innovative Education in Iowa

We are recording Thursday’s show today, so this week may seem a bit out-of-order. So, please, bear with me.

I will post more this week about the show, but here’s a little background from earlier this month.

Here’s the official release on Thursday’s program from the IPTV press release shop.

Innovative Education in Iowa:
On the Thursday, April 1 edition
of The Iowa Journal
(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at how some Iowa schools are using innovative ways, including the use of virtual reality technology, to help children learn. This program airs Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.
For this episode, The Iowa Journal visited the middle schools and high schools in Van Meter and Sigourney to see how the use of virtual reality equipment, personal computers and online programs engages students and prepares them for the future.
In the studio to discuss the effectiveness of such innovations are: John Carver, superintendent of Van Meter schools; and Judy Jeffrey, director of the Department of Education.
The Iowa Journal will also present an update on the travels of Iowan David Thoreson who is on a 25,000 mile sailing trip around North and South America. Thoreson, from West Okoboji, is a watch captain, photographer and videographer on this voyage that has a mission to educate those they meet along the way on ocean conservation. The Iowa Journal caught up with Thoreson via Skype, while he was in Chile just days before the earthquake there.
For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit http://www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

Innovative Education in Iowa: On the Thursday, April 1 edition of The Iowa Journal
(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at how some Iowa schools are using innovative ways, including the use of virtual reality technology, to help children learn. This program airs Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.For this episode, The Iowa Journal visited the middle schools and high schools in Van Meter and Sigourney to see how the use of virtual reality equipment, personal computers and online programs engages students and prepares them for the future.In the studio to discuss the effectiveness of such innovations are: John Carver, superintendent of Van Meter schools; and Judy Jeffrey, director of the Department of Education. The Iowa Journal will also present an update on the travels of Iowan David Thoreson who is on a 25,000 mile sailing trip around North and South America. Thoreson, from West Okoboji, is a watch captain, photographer and videographer on this voyage that has a mission to educate those they meet along the way on ocean conservation. The Iowa Journal caught up with Thoreson via Skype, while he was in Chile just days before the earthquake there.For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit http://www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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2 thoughts on “Press Release for Innovative Education in Iowa

  1. As a grad student at UF taking a class in digital online learning, I am really interested to see what kind of innovations come out of this. We’ve been kicking around new educational paradigms that seem to better fit this younger generation growing up with Facebook and YouTube and the like. It feels like the traditional lecture/note-taking model isn’t getting the job done anymore, especially now that children are multi-taskers with shorter attention spans (there’s even evidence that the brain develops differently when exposed to this constant influx of digital information). Anyway, we’ve been looking a lot at Second Life, video, podcasting, gaming, blogging, etc. primarily as a means to reach distance ed. students. But the VR strategies that Van Meter and Sigourney are using sound really appealing to me because of their potential in-class use.

    – Robbie

    1. Great points about the digital online learning. I mentioned your comment to the Director of Ed after the taping and she had seen similar data to the shaping and developing of the brain because of YouTube and FB. Thanks for sharing. I’ll send you the link when it posts so you can watch.

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