Students around the world to gather at
International Megaconference Jr.
Powered by the Internet2 Commons Videoconfence Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 24, 2004 - Today, Internet2(R)
announced that its Internet2 Commons Videoconferencing
Service via H.323 is providing the power behind the
first international Megaconference Jr. to be held on May
6, 2004. Megaconference Jr., born out of the
Megaconference founded by Bob Dixon at Internet2 member
Ohio State University, is designed to give students in
elementary 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.
"We hope that Megaconference Jr. will pave the way for
future opportunities for connections by teachers and
students around the world using advanced IP networks and
H.323 videoconferencing. The goal now is to get these
technologies and opportunities into the hands of the
teachers and students, so they can build future
international collaborations into their existing
curricular objectives," said Jennifer MacDougall,
Applications Coordinator at the MAGPI GigaPoP.
Megaconference Jr. is being organized by a group of
volunteer teachers, students and school technology
leaders at Internet2 K-20 Initiative sponsored
educational group participants (SEGPs) and individual
sponsored participants. A major goal of the
videoconference event is to develop a valuable
international educational program in schools that
currently have access to high-speed networks, which can
expand as the technology becomes more widely available.
Louis Fox, Director of the Internet2 K-20 Initiative
said, "Megaconference Jr. is an exciting international
collaboration, encouraging partnerships among schools
and engaging new communities of interest, and enhancing
teaching and learning by stimulating projects that
explore the ways in which advanced network applications
and content can extend access to education and
educational resources across the globe."
Bob Dixon, Chief Research Engineer, OARnet and Ohio
State University as well as head of operations for the
Internet2 Commons, added, "Megaconference Jr. is a
milestone since the students themselves are involved in
planning it and making presentations to one another.
It also serves the larger purpose of making the K-12
community aware of the huge advantages of Internet2 and
the standard H.323 video technology."
Internet2 members are encouraged to participate. All
participants must have access to the Abilene Network or
equivalent high-speed networks in countries outside the
United States that link to Abilene such as those from
Internet2 International Partner organizations around the
world. Between 20 and 50 schools are expected to
participate interactively in the event from at least
five countries, with many others viewing one-way
streamed video. The event will run from 7 a.m. until 7
p.m. EST making it possible for schools from many time
zones to participate during their regular school hours.
For event registration and more information, visit:
The Internet2 Commons Videoconferencing Service via
H.323 is provided for the Internet2 community in order
to create a global, collaborative environment. The
larger goal of the Internet2 Commons is to expand
IP-based collaboration opportunities for the Internet2
research and education community, allowing members to
work together more effectively over advanced networks in
support of research and education. Visit
http://commons.internet2.edu/h323/ to participate in the
Internet2 Commons videoconferencing service.