10.20.2006

A Very Busy Week for Allen County

Wow! I'm excited to report that we've had a very full week of interactive videoconferences in Allen County, Indiana! In this one week, ACELINK has supported four videoconferences, impacting 10 teachers and hundreds of students.

Today alone (Friday), we had the IPFW Virtual Town Hall meeting with 7 interactive locations, a virtual field trip at Leo and another at Portage Middle School. The Virtual Town Hall meeting featured the three candidates for Allen County Sheriff, and we originated from IPFW's Division of Continuing Studies' conference room. The candidates were excited about the technology and did a great job of speaking with Andy Downs, session moderator. They answered a dozen questions from students at the six high schools that participated: Anthis, Dwenger, Elmhurst, Harding, Leo, and Snider.

During the Virtual Town Hall meeting, several websites were given for students to use for researching each candidate and their voter registration status. Here are the links if you'd like to follow up on the discussion:

- Ken Fries
- PJ Smith
- Tina Taviano
- Indiana Voter Registration System

Our thanks and gratitude go to many who helped make this week successful. We're making a difference in our schools with the ACELINK project, and I'm honored to be part of this group.

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