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Region 7 ESC offers a wide range of events for districts who are members of the Video Conferencing co-op or ESC7net. These events fall into 4 categories:

  1. Hybrid Sessions - Professional development sessions provided at Region 7 that allow participants to connect via Video Conferencing
  2. TETNs - TEA training/meetings provided through Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN)
  3. Virtual field trips available through numerous content providers
  4. Dual credit classes provided through local colleges and universities 

Effective 9/1/19, the Renovo system will no longer be used by Region 7. 

For a calendar of events, instructions on connecting to each type of event, and a complete list of forms, visit the tabs below.    

Please note:  Participants are no longer required to submit sign-in sheets to the Digital Learning department after a distance learning session.  The session presenter or registrar will verify attendance in these sessions before awarding credit.  This may be done via email confirmation, chat messaging via the Zoom interface, or other means.  Please contact the session presenter or registrar with questions.

To see if your district is a member of Video Conferencing, click here.  If your district is NOT a member of Video Conferencing, a $150 connection fee per event will be required to connect to any distance learning events.

The calendar below lists the Video Conferencing events available through Region 7, including Hybrid sessions, virtual field trips, and TETNs.  Dual credit opportunities are arranged directly through the college or university.  This calendar will be updated as events are scheduled or deleted.

Effective 9/1/19, the Renovo system will no longer be used by Region 7. 

The video conference calendar contains distance learning opportunities available to Region 7 districts and charters.  There are 3 types of events listed on the calendar (as indicated by the following word in all caps at the beginning of the calendar entry):

STUDENT:  Virtual field trips and other programming designated for a student audience.  All of the student events listed are available for no charge to Video Conferencing and ESC7net members.  Visit the Virtual Field Trips tab for more information.  Please note that our content provider, Connect2Texas, does provide additional events beyond what we have on the calendar; however, there is an additional registration fee required for any events not posted to our calendar.  

ESC:  These are sessions provided in-person at the ESC that also allow participants to connect from their district or other remote location.  Visit the Hybrid Sessions tab for more information.

TETN:  These are sessions with content provided by TEA or other state agency that have been made available to districts.  Visit the TETNs tab for more information.

Hybrid Session Instructions:

1.  District staff find and register for a session via distance learning through the Region 7 Workshop page.  
2.  District staff receive a confirmation email after they register for a session.  
3.  Region 7 will verify that all session participants who have registered for a session via Distance Learning are members of the Video Conferencing cooperative or ESC7net.  Anyone who is not a member will be contacted regarding the connection fee to attend via Distance Learning.  The connection fee is $150 per session.  These participants will need to submit the Video Conferencing Connection Agreement form prior to the start date of the session.  
4.  1-3 days prior to the session date, the Region 7 Digital Learning department will send the connection link to the district staff member who is registered for the session.
5.  On the day of the session, the district staff member will click the Zoom link sent to them by Region 7 Digital Learning to access the session.
6. During the session, the session presenter or registrar will verify attendance for participants registered via Distance Learning.

Virtual Field Trips are provided through a variety of service providers.  Instructions for connecting to each provider are listed below.

 

Connect2Texas

  1. Create an account at the Connect2Texas website.
  2. Sign up for an event using your account information at the Connect2Texas website.  Select "Region 7 - Kilgore" and "Connect thru my ESC" in the Connection Information section of the registration form.
  3. Connect2Texas will contact Region 7 to set up the connection for your district.  This information will be communicated to the person completing the registration form.

Please note:  We recommend scheduling virtual field trips for groups of 30-40 students to facilitate participation in the interactive portions of the virtual field trip.  Multiple classrooms/schools may connect to an event at one time.  If you would like to be the only classroom/school participating in an event, contact the content provider.  For sessions provided by the Bullock Texas State History Museum, email distance.learning@thestoryoftexas.com.

Only free events through Connect2Texas are listed on the Video Conferencing Calendar.  There are additional events listed on the Connect2Texas website that are available for a fee.  The district is responsible for any registration fees associated with signing up for one of these virtual field trips.  

TEA meetings/trainings provided through TETN that are available to districts are listed on the Video Conferencing calendar.  

 

To participate in one of these events, use the registration instructions listed on the Hybrid Sessions tab.


Contact Us

Andy Adams, M.Ed.
Digital Learning Coordinator
aadams@esc7.net
903-988-6951

Cathy Nail 
Technology Support
cnail@esc7.net
903-988-6950

Distance Learning
dl7@esc7.net
903-988-6940 - Help Desk
903-988-6965 - Fax

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