- Can I videotape
an IPTV K-12 Connections ICN session to view with my
students at a later date?
K-12 Connections ICN events offered through IPTV may not
be videotaped. Sessions are not routinely videotaped for the
following reasons. First, the sessions are designed to be interactive.
Second, in order for the sessions to be taped and made available
for distribution, appearance release forms would need to be
received from EVERY STUDENT involved as well as from the program
presenter. Since the sessions may involve as many as 300 students
per hour-long session this would not be practical. Third, IPTV
does not have the staff or equipment to efficiently duplicate
videotapes. Repeat ICN sessions are offered whenever possible
to try and accommodate various school and class schedules.
- Is there
a charge for the ICN sessions?
IPTV and the
ICN provide unique educational opportunities at NO COST to PK-12
students and the adults working with/or on behalf of PK-12 students
in Iowa, saving both student learning time and real-time field
trip costs. However, when students don't show up for a scheduled
session, IPTV must pay for an empty room and in many cases,
another school is denied the opportunity to interact, since
the total number of sites involved is often limited to ensure
the experience is truly interactive.
- What if I
am unable to attend my scheduled session?
If a school
must cancel participation in an IPTV K-12 Connections
ICN session, IPTV should be notified at least THREE WORKING
DAYS in advance. Early notification allows IPTV to cancel the
school's ICN video classroom from the session and avoid receiving
ICN charges for an empty room. Last minute weather related or
emergency cancellations should be phoned in to Debbie Wineland at (800)
532-1290 or (515) 725-9700. Even though the ICN site can not
be cancelled with a late notification, the call will let the
presenter know not to expect students on-site.
- May we "sit
in" and watch the session, or are we expected to "do" something?
of IPTV K-12 Connections ICN sessions are developed to
be highly interactive. Students should come prepared with questions
or comments relevant to the topic. The event detail page for
each session provides a description of the event and any prerequisites.
To help teachers prepare their students, guides to resources
and relevant Web links are provided when available. Please review
the materials with students so that they may prepare insightful
questions or comments.
- How do I
remain current on upcoming ICN events?
Calendar on the Iowa
Distance Learning Database provides up-to-date information
on upcoming IPTV K-12 Connections ICN events. You can
also sign up for various IPTV
Educators eNews to receive updates by email.
- Are classroom
resources available for each session? When will I receive the
resources are available for select sessions. Some classroom
resources are available on the IPTV K-12 Connections
Web site for teachers to download and print off at any time.
Links to teacher guides/materials are provided in the session's
event detail page. To access this page, click on the desired
event title from the K-12
Calendar. For sessions already conducted, click on the Classroom
Resources button on the top black banner bar on the IPTV
K-12 Connections Web site. Materials are intended to extend
the ICN session. It is impossible for materials to be mailed
out any sooner than a week ahead of time as the teacher registrations
are not final until a week prior to the session. Most events
now have links to MarcoPolosearch.org as well. This will allow
you to search for materials that will compliment IPTV K-12
- We have more
than one teacher/class attending the ICN event. Can you mail
us extra ICN extension activity packets or books?
will send out only ONE packet of extension activities to each
ICN site per session. Costs and manpower associated with supplies
and mailing prevent us from sending multiple copies to individual
sites. Remember that the contents of the mailed extension packets
are NOT vital to participation in the ICN event. Frequently,
books are also sent out as a part of the extension packets.
The selected book is only one example of an appropriate book
to be used as an extension to the ICN event. Feel free to substitute
another book title where appropriate.
- Our school's
ICN room is often occupied when we want to participate in an
IPTV K-12 Connections event. Why can't the events be
scheduled to fit into our school's ICN schedule?
K-12 Connections is a program that is offered statewide.
Sessions are scheduled both in the morning and in the afternoon
in an effort to accommodate various school and presenter schedules.
Even if the school's ICN video classroom is consistently busy
with semester-long classes, many schools are willing to change
the class schedule to allow for a one-time use. Check with the
school's ICN site contact and/or school administrators to discuss
this option. Schools may also elect to bus students to the next
closest, available ICN video classroom. IPTV can assist in finding
an alternative site.
- What if I
experience technical difficulties in the ICN room? >
to a Successful Session will help teachers prepare for
participation in an ICN session. If technical problems arise,
please be patient. Many times the problem can be remedied
within 5-10 minutes. To report a technical problem, use the
fiber phone in the ICN classroom to call the ICN Classroom
Operations Center by dialing 242-3182. The session's facilitator
will also work to solve the problem. Please be sure to answer
the fiber phone in your ICN room if it rings. The phone call
may be from someone trying to reach you in regard to the session.
- Why was my
ICN video classroom may have been previously scheduled for
another session or activity, or the ICN session may have exceeded
the registration limit of participants. Often times, additional
session offerings for popular events are scheduled to accommodate
high demand for a particular program.
- How do I
host an ICN event at my school?
the IPTV K-12 Connections offerings could be replicated
and shared with several other schools at a minimal cost. If
you would like more information, contact Trista Peitzman,
- Is training
available on using the ICN video classroom?
Yes, free training on how to use an ICN classroom is available from the ICN. These sessions are scheduled at your convenience and are held in your ICN classroom. For more information and to schedule your small group session, please contact ICN Service Desk at 800-572-3940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.