the past 10 years, RAIN has:
the first public schools, community colleges, regional government,
and libraries in its home region on to the Internet.
" Provided low cost access to thousands of low income, youth, family
and individual users.
" Developed bi-lingual Spanish and English resources to promote
" Opened new doors of communication for local businesses, including
training funded under federal contract to promote government suppliers
doing business online.
" Hosted live public chat sessions with elected officials to give
local communities improved access to the democratic government process.
" Put the first off-the-grid, solar powered, satellite connected
mobile Internet training and access van on the road.
" Won a Smithsonian Innovation Award and Technology Literacy Challenge
Award from the US Department of Education in recognition of RAIN's
pioneering teacher training and content delivery services.
" Earned five USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Awards to
deliver innovative online resources and connectivity to rural communities
on the Central Coast, and in Arizona and New Mexico.
" Launched an afterschool online education program with field trip
rewards for low income students in California, and that links them
to Native American students in Arizona and New Mexico, with assistance
from the California Consumer Protection Foundation and the USDA
Children and Families At Risk program. They discover Mark Twain,
read original Zorro, study native tribes, explore great art!
" Brought over 15,000 students and 500 teachers online for a stimulating
educational technology project exploring California and Ancient
Southwest history, literature, and earth studies, plus added an
innovative American History program, a GIS mapping program, and
a Global Garden study program.
" Hosted doctor-to-doctor telemedicine training and promoted telehealth
program development including services for terminally ill youth
with assistance from the California Telehealth and Telemedicine
Center, the Landon Foundation, and the USDA.
" Been honored to be selected for a National Science Foundation
pilot project to link US distance learning resources with sister
programs in Costa Rica and Belize.
" Contributed published papers and presentations at educational
technology conferences in Japan, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, Costa Rica,
Canada and the United States to promote world wide use of the Internet
as an enriching, democratic, educational communication vehicle.
" Opened a Community Technology Center with lab and conference facilities
large screen Internet projection equipment that has hosted training
of teachers from three states serving thousands of young students,
small business owners needing to learn to conduct business transactions
online, and afterschool programming.
" Formed a public Internet video broadcasting center providing web
streaming for live conferences and events, including the Solstice
Parade and Coastal Zone Conference, and delivers educational video
online to students and families daily.
" Launched one of the first non-governmental, multi-agency public
GIS mapping servers in the country delivering public access to regional
maps, data, demographics, and user-provided projects from the public
schools, making Geographic Information System technology widely
available to the public.
" Participated in and supported the formation of multi-agency partnerships
that promote public access to information and educational resources,
including marine and terrestrial environmental education, public
school educational technology, multi and cross-cultural youth program,
and library services consortia.
" Developed unique, original online and video programming with positive
social values that promote sustainable practices at the individual,
family, community, and global level.
On the Central Coast
To Celebrate RAIN's 10 Years of Innovative Public Technology Services,
we invite you to visit our newly expanded Community Technology Center,
live or online, to participate in empowering technology events.
On selected Friday nights RAIN will be hosting live broadcasts with
guest speakers, poets, and musicians and the public is invited to
attend. RAIN's Community Technology Center offers walk-in high-speed
Internet access for students, locals and travelers, and special
Friday evening broadcasts.
We also will have the mobile Internet Bus out on the road delivering
Internet education services to libraries, schools and community
centers in the region.
Physical location for RAIN CTC events is 1129 State Street, on the
courtyard across from the Museum of Art, in Santa Barbara. Online
location is www.rain.org .
See the RAIN calendar for the Internet bus schedule or write to
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a stop at your agency.
Technology Projects Near and Far
RAIN will continue building on its services in the Pacific Southwest
and will be bringing new Native American students online through
a program linking Indian Schools and Rural Schools in Arizona, New
Mexico and California. Of special note is hosting a Family Heritage
project in rural communities where students use new GPS and GIS
technologies map historic sites and collect and publish oral histories
from the elders in their community.
RAIN's multi-agency activities in Central America will increase
the number of agencies and schools involved in connecting to Camp
Internet, the distance learning program broadcast by RAIN, and International
Baccalaureate schools around the world will also begin participating
in Global Peace Studies programming.
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