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On February 19, students and educators participated in the sixth annual Megaconference Jr. global event, cosponsored by Ohio State’s Emerging Technologies unit.
Megaconference Jr. is a project designed to give students in elementary/primary and secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to each other’s learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology.
Using multipoint videoconferencing equipment and Internet2 technology, over 150 schools from 11 different countries “taught” and “learned” in real-time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST on February 19. During the day, selected students and teachers presented a variety of topics. Participants were able to interact with the presenters via audio and video.
Schools from Ohio that participated included Worthington Kilbourne High School, Minford Middle School, Wheelersburg High School, Chillicothe Middle School, Fairland High School, Garfield Elementary, Salem Buckeye Elementary, Ross High School, Hathaway Brown School, Western Reserve Public Media, Thomas Jefferson Magnet School, Ohio Department of Education, Memorial Park Elementary, and the Ohio School for the Deaf.
Gabriel Moulton, systems developer/engineer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, said the Emerging Technologies unit also serves on the Internet2 Commons management team and are the creators of the Megaconference. For details regarding the Megaconference Jr., visit www.megaconferencejr.org. To view the presentations, visit www.megaconferencejr.org/?id=streaming.