Summer is here.
The RAIN Network / USDA RUS Southwest Rural Technology Project
is gearing up to provide Camp Internet, teacher and librarian
training and a full year's curriculum to 150 rural communities.
Training Sessions for our teachers will be taking place
in Sedona, Arizona in June.
The HomeSchool Campus has opened! A very special and important
part of the Camp Internet program, HomeSchool provides a
central location for American History, Math, Science and
Arts studies, working with our Camp Internet Teachers.
It is great for Classrooms and HomeSchools with some very
For the RAIN Network and it's many exceptional partner agencies
this new year represents the comming together of many different
parts, including the weaving together of a 4 state Rural
Technology education and telemedicine Network that serves
California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
Following September 11 the Telemedicine part of your Rural
Network took on an important role, helping to train doctors
and nurses and create an information clearinghouse for communities,
families and teachers.
to view the video archives of a special Telemedicine training
session held at the Rural Technology Campus lab in Santa
Here is some of what your
Rural Network has been doing:
USDA funded Rural Community
distance learning & telemedicine Project Activities Winter
Let's review our most active communities and see what's
going on this year:
Computers were delivered and installed for our partner agency
The Chamber of Commerce telecommuting center. The Center
is now using broadband DSL through the Network.
Project award of $70,000 was announced by County of San
Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control Board to increase technology
and GIS mapping services to Guadalupe, Oceano and Nipomo;
RAIN will play a central role in the GIS mapping.
We will continued broadband services to City of Guadalupe
throughout the year.
Community computers were distributed to youth organizations
and the Guadalupe clinics portable telemed computer is on
Our Rural Community Technology Bus attended Guadalupe City
and Chamber events to promote access to economic development
The Internet Bus has been touring San Luis Obispo county
bi-weekly this Winter.
Teachers from Nipomo, Oak View, Oceano, and two Guadalupe
Schools - Mary Buren and Kermit McKenzie schools, and the
GETA Community Center attended distance learning training
and received materials to implement programs in classrooms
and afterschool labs.
This month, January 18, is a special community and teacher
Field Trip and Workshop on use of GPS units and GIS mapping
by recording data and observations from a hike at the Guadalupe
Dunes protected reserve.
8 teachers from districts in the coachella area and another
7 from the surrounding area. 2 teachers in high desert at
oro grande also received training and materials.
All these wonderful projects along with providing Internet
for our tri-county Public Library Cooperative and for the
Guadalupe schools has made for an exciting and rewarding
start to the new year.
We have been able to hold Weekly bi-lingual Saturday computer
and Internet class held in conjunction with the high school
at the high school computer lab.
We continue now into the 5th year of effort to get phone
company to deliver local broadband to the community and
currently do provide an alternative connection for the community
as a component of the project.
A public Telemedicine and Wellness computer has been established
a the Fire Department.
We are in the process of researching reuse of an SCE abandonded
power station site as a community technology center.
We have Assisted the school to get enrolled for the first
time in Erate for telecommunications discounts. and provide
Internet connectivity to library.
- the Camp Internet Program
The Camp Internet project is now serving 9,000 students
and providing regional teacher training for Southern California.
Camp Internet staff will co-host an educational technology
symposium at Ed-Tech 2002, a national conference in February
which will showcase rural distance learning accomplishments
over the past year through the Camp Internet program.