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ODLA is pleased to announce we'll be providing a number of presentations at the upcoming Oklahoma Technology Association EncycloMedia Conference to be held October 1-3, 2013 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

For details: http://ota.wildapricot.org/

 
 
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Officers of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association will be meeting with the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Technology Association to talk about how to better support our joint membership on June 20, 2013.

 
 
Effective with the membership meeting held on November 9, 2012 at Rose State College, ODLA will be opening two new positions on the board to address constituents that are currently under-represented.

A representative for Native American Governments and a representative for Libraries will be implemented as soon as the ODLA Constitution and Bylaws are updated. More details will be posted at www.odla.org and through our social media streams.

"We've discussed the need to hear more from these two constituencies for at least ten years," said Scott Charlson, incoming President for ODLA. "It's exciting to see that Elaine was able to make this happen.

Elaine Johns is transitioning from President to Past-President as of the November Membership Meeting. 
 
 
2013 K-12 Professional Development & Technology Award
Award: $1,500.00 
Deadline: February 28, 2013 5:00pm
Description: Oklahoma Distance Learning Association invites all K-12 public schools to apply for funds to support professional development in their school. This money can be used to purchase equipment, software, or services to facilitate Professional Development needs, strengthening the academic experience, provide collaborative training on subjects like common core, shared teacher programs and other Oklahoma State applications.  Other applications may be considered if detailed explanations are given on how the money would be spent.

Oklahoma Distance Learning Association believes that professional training and growth is crucial for educators. Promoting best practices aimed at boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for learning are essential for long term sustainability. As such, ODLA is offering this award to K-12 Schools for Professional Development programs.

An individual or team may submit an application stating how they would use this money to create Professional Development opportunities. The Oklahoma Distance Learning Association K-12 Teacher Professional Development & Technology Award provides funding to one K-12 school each year.  Schools must submit an application on how they would use this money.  Once awarded, the school has 90 days to show they are using the money to further Professional Development.  The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate collaborative teaching using various tech tools like iPads, iPhones, White Boards, clickers, web Conferencing etc…to encourage collaborative learning that will have direct impact on student success.  Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as share their results with other teachers. ODLA will award this grant to the school that meets the eligibility requirements as stated.
 2013 Higher Education  Professional Development & Technology Award
Award: $1,500.00 
Deadline: February 28, 2013  5:00pm

Description: Oklahoma Distance Learning Association invites all Public Higher Education institutions and Vocational Schools to apply for funds to support professional development in their school. This money can be used to purchase equipment, software, or services to facilitate Professional Development needs, strengthening the academic experience, provide collaborative training on subjects like common core, shared teacher programs and other Oklahoma State applications.  Virtual schools and other applications may be considered if detailed explanations are given on how the money would be spent

Oklahoma Distance Learning Association believes that professional training and growth is crucial for educators. Promoting best practices aimed at boosting student understanding and proficiency and instilling a passion for learning are essential for long term sustainability. As such, ODLA is offering this award to Public Higher Education Institutions and Vocational Schools for Professional Development programs.

An individual or team may submit an application stating how they would use this money to create Professional Development opportunities. The Oklahoma Distance Learning Association Higher Education Teacher Professional Development Award provides funding to one Higher Education school each year.  Schools must submit an application on how they would use this money.  Once awarded, the school has 90 days to show they are using the money to further Professional Development.  The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate collaborative teaching using various tech tools like iPads, iPhones, White Boards, clickers, web Conferencing etc…to encourage collaborative learning that will have direct impact on student success.  Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as share their results with other teachers. ODLA will award this grant to the school that meets the eligibility requirements as stated.
 
 
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Please join us in expressing our profound sorrow at the loss of a wonderful and giving person who touched Oklahoma and the Distance Learning community in so many ways. Leonard William "Bill" Johnson passed away on Wednesday, March 28th as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident from the previous weekend.

Bill was an ardent supporter of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association from its inception. He participated in nearly every conference we held and moved mountains to ensure the demonstrations of technology would amaze the participants. His passion and vision for technology as a tool to bring people together and achieve understanding was without limit. 

As Chief of Operations at OneNet, Bill kept a videoconferencing system in his office and published the address far and wide. He had so many visitors from all over the world "drop by and visit" and was endlessly curious about who they were and what they were doing and what they wanted to do. From setting up the Eagle Cam at the Sutton Avian Center to working on how to improve the collection of data for the Mesonet, Bill was a constant, boundless, enthusiastic and infectious force of nature in pursuit of expanding the limits of technology.

We will truly miss you, President Emeritus Bill Johnson.

If you have any suggestions on how we may honor Bill's spirit of service to distance learning or have any stories you'd like us to collect and share we'd be deeply grateful to hear from you.