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Dr. Amela Sadagic   Director and founder. Computer scientist with a total of 15 years of experience in computer graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), presence in VR, remote collaborative environments, broadband applications and networking, and novel uses of advanced technologies in K-12 education and learning. Technical coordinator of National tele-immersion Initiative, chairperson for Internet2 Application QoS Needs Design Team, creator and director of several K-12 educational technology programs and initiatives that emphasized effective use of advanced digital technologies in learning.
    Dr. Sadagic holds a PhD in Computer Science from University College London.
 
Robert Sibley Director and founder. An educator, Mr. Sibley has been exploring the roles that digital technologies, students and teachers can play in enhancing educational outcomes since 1994. He served as director of education for the ThinkQuest programs, directed a US Department of Education PT3 national teacher education catalyst grant, and produced several international education conferences. He has served on numerous national advisory boards and forums including the CEO Forum for Education and Technology, and co-authored a textbook on digital equity in education.
    Mr. Sibley holds a Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


 

Past projects and initiatives

Below is a list of projects and initiatives that members of PELEgroup have been actively involved in through their employers in the past:

  • ThinkQuest:
    • web
    • description: international program that offered an opportunity and challenge to K-12 students to author educational web-based resources. In seven years of its existence the program enagged over 120,000 students and educators from 125 countries around the globe. As a result, 5,500 educational web sites have been created by student teams.
    • our role: project design and management (R. Sibley: 1997-2001)
  • ThinkQuest conferences:
    • description: annual conferences organized to promote and celebrate student achievements.
    • our role: design, organization and management (R. Sibley)
  • Exploring the Future of Learning - ThinkQuestLive event, Seattle, WA, July 2002:
    • web article1, web article2
    • description: a national conference that showcased today's emerging technologies and their potential to improve teaching and learning
    • our role: director (R. Sibley)
  • Imagining the Future:
    • web - Internet2 K-20, web - Moanalua HS
    • description: the project engaged students and educators in exploring and giving ideas on how young people will learn when they have access to advanced technologies, including high-performance broadband networks (primarily Internet2 but also wireless networks), large-scale public digital resources, rich digital media, and powerful platforms for creating educational products. Student teams produced 26 ideas and built web sites that described their designs.
    • our role: creator and director (A. Sadagic: 2001/02)
  • EFL Spring Policy Forum:
    • web
    • description:
    • our role: director (R. Sibley)
  • SERC Teleconference series: The Future of Learning":
    • web
    • description: Two teleconferences, "Emerging technologies" and "Challenges of Innovation", focused on how students are learning and the evolving role technology is playing in shaping the future of learning.
    • our role: coordinator for Advanced Network and Services (R. Sibley) and featured technology expert (A. Sadagic)
  • Virtual Marine Biology - Seals on camera:
    • web
    • description: distance learning project that connected a group of students from Briarcliff HS with different experts from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Project explored multidisciplinary approach and remote collaboartion with scientists and staff members from the Aquarium.
    • our role: co-designer and consultant (A. Sadagic: 2002/03)
    • press: Project was selected as one of Top 10 innovative projects in 2003 by Technology and Learning magazine (web)
    • images and clips: project launch: image1 image2, shark dissection: image1 image2, squid dissection: image1 image2
  • National Tele-immersion Initiative:
    • web
    • description: a research consortium sponsored by Advanced Network and Services, colaboration with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Brown University, Providence. Internet2 application developed through the work of this research initiative will enable users at geographically distributed sites to collaborate in real time in a shared, simulated environment as if they were in the same physical room. This new paradigm for human-computer interaction represents the ultimate synthesis of broadband networking and media technologies.
    • our role: technical coordination of multiple research sites and central laboratory (A. Sadagic: 1999, 2000)

  • Internet2: Application Quality of Service (QoS) Needs Design Team
    • web
    • description: The main objective of this design team was to help acquire a better understanding of QoS needs that advanced Internet2 applications exercise. The design group was an interface between application people and networking people, helping both to reach better common understanding of the QoS requirements of various applications and how those requirements could be met using new network services that are provided (or could realistically be provided) in Internet2 environment.
    • our role: chairperson (A. Sadagic)
  • ViDe videoconferencing cookbook: K-12 section
    • web
    • description: Videoconferencing cookbook is one of the most renown on-line resources dedicated to IP videoconferencing.
    • our role: lead and major contributor (A. Sadagic: 2003)
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) grant - ThinkQuest for Tomorrow's Teachers (T3):
    • web
    • description:
    • our role: co-director (R. Sibley: 2000-2003)
  • ScienceQuest:
    • web
    • description:
    • our role: (R. Sibley)
  • CEO Forum on Education and Technology:
    • web
    • description:
    • our role: (R. Sibley)
  • Towards Digital Equity-Textbook:
    • web
    • description:
    • our role: (R. Sibley)

 

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