Education Program's videoconferencing wins award

Education Program's videoconferencing wins award

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame's videoconferencing initiative recently received a 2010-2011 Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) in Indianapolis.

The award is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards based interactive videoconferencing programs. To qualify for the award the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.

"The mission of our Educational Outreach Program (EOP) is to strengthen students' core curriculum knowledge through the exciting world of professional football," stated Joe Horrigan, vice president communications/exhibits for the museum. "Videoconferencing allows our EOP to reach students who may otherwise never have the opportunity to visit our museum in Canton (OH). It's a tremendous honor to receive such a distinguished award. Knowing that this award is based off of evaluations completed by educators that participated in our educational broadcasts lets us know we are on the right track."

The Hall of Fame connected to 14,000 students from 33 different states during the 2010-11 school year. Like all the Pro Football Hall of Fame's educational programs, these programs are aligned with national standards of education. The Hall of Fame has an Educational Advisory Panel that helps develop all its supplemental resources. This panel consists of K-12 educators most of whom are National Board Certified.

This is the second international award the Hall of Fame has received in the past three months for its videoconferencing programming. In June the Hall of Fame was selected for a Teacher's Favorite Award for best content as voted by educators from across the world. The annual award selection is hosted by Berrien Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

The future of the Hall's videoconferencing looks even greater.

"The 2011-12 school year is here and we anticipate our videoconferencing calendar to be jam packed for the entire year. Last year we made nearly 400 connections and we anticipate this year to exceed 500," shared Jerry Csaki, the Hall of Fame's educational programs coordinator. "Our fall is busy as we have a new program offering that is designed for grades K-3 set to premiere in a couple of weeks. In addition, six Hall of Famers will participate in our popular series Heart of a Hall of Famer."

For more on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Educational Outreach Program visit: Profootballhof.com/education/
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