Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications

From 1991 – 1996 I worked with teams of video producers and subject matter experts to create several hundred live, interactive, distance learning programs incorporating video, satellite broadcast, videoconferencing, and online components.

Partial Program Listing

Cartooning with Dan Wasserman, editorial page cartoonist for The Boston Globe

Celebrating Differences: A US-Israel Writing Workshop
Writing workshop for Arab and Israeli students in Israel and students in the US who shared writing about feeling different.

The Community Preservation Project
Pilot for series teaching US history through historic preservation. Project involved historical research and preservation work by students culminating in a live on-location broadcast from the Montgomery, Alabama, Greyhound Bus Station. Funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Creative Math

Devoted to Science

Electronic Field Trips

Plimoth Plantation
Rainforest with The Franklin Park Zoo
Vilna Shul in Beacon Hill

Facing History and Ourselves: Teaching with Schindler’s List
with Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation
Hosted by the author of the curriculum guide for the film, this three-part series explained how the film could be used in the classroom. Guests including a Holocaust survivor. Won award from US Distance Learning Association.

Japan Today
US students learned about contemporary Japan by conversing and sharing student videos with Japanese students and guests. Annual eight-part series done for three years. Funded by The Japan Society

Learning to Lead
High school students studied a bill currently before Congress, then participated in mock legislative sessions with Members of Congress. Three-part series.

Monthly cultural/historical programs conducted entirely in the foreign language for high school language classes. Some of the included PictureTel links with students in the foreign country.

España Diversa
Komm mit Nach Deutschland
Los Caminos del Español with Alan West

Mass Performance
Cultural programs for K-12

Curriculum series for teachers presented by teachers from Lenox Memorial High School

Model UN
First Model UN to employ satellite technology. Student delegates from a Boston high school carried out instructions from their home governments at high schools around the country in live interactive telecasts.

Making Your Morning Move with Ilyse Robbins
Dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for elementary students.

National Student/Parent Mock Election

PentaLingual and Quintalingual with Lee Riethmiller
Instructor taught five and seven languages simultaneously to elementary students.

The Roman Way
Middle school program presented by Higgins Armory

Skills for a Lifetime
Introduction to careers presented by Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training

The World Beneath the Sea with Jonathan Bird, Oceanic Research Group

Your Next Step with Technology with Marilyn Gardner, Director of Education, The Computer Museum

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