USDA distance learning and telemedicine Project

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We will present information about the project to a statewide meeting of GATE teachers and parents in March 2002 and will present a paper and symposium at SITE 2002 in Nashville, Tenn.

Camp Internet was selected as a CSU Chancellor's partner to bring $1,000 training stipends to all rural teachers using our program.

We are preparing to launch a new rural/urban youth partnership technology project early 2002.

Santa Barbara Technology Training Center
We have completed installation of a multi-media training center at project hub site in Santa Barbara in use to train rural teachers, librarians and doctors.

The new Rural Technology Campus has 12 high speed desktop computers and 8 notebook computers on a highspeed wireless lan for training teachers, doctors, nurses and community leaders in the use of new technologies such as the Internet.

Special training in areas ranging from E-commerce to Telemedicine to Distance Education are held at the Center.

Our Telemedicine program held a regional training in conjunction with California Telehealth and Telemedicine Center (CTTC) at the Center in Santa Barbara with primary partners from Nipomo, Cuyama, Guadalupe and Oak View serving as core project partners.

Our Lead doctor, Chris Landon, M.D., will be visiting rural clinics for follow up on site training, and providing new distance learning teleconferencing resources online throughout 2002.

In our Desert region the Rural Technology Project - trained teachers and librarians from Coachella Valley and Oro Grande (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties) in use of distance learning program

The National Science Foundation has continued the RAIN Networks International Project - "The Pacific Rim Business and Education Network". This project provides funding to disseminate RAIN's rural distance learning and telemedicine pilot projects in Central America, funding a trip to Costa Rica to meet with health and education ministries in Spring of 2002