August, 2020 will mark the Missouri Interactive Telecommunication-Education (MIT-E) Network’s 29th year facilitating class offerings between schools. We share dual credit and advanced high school courses through videoconferencing–live, in real time, across multiple sites. We believe synchronous, immediate interaction between students and teachers is key to student success!
MIT-E is a not-for-profit consortium of 15 members located across central Missouri.
In addition to maximizing resources to increase class offerings for members, each school follows a common calendar and bell schedule. This collective effort allows members to send and receive many classes through videoconferencing that may not be available locally. The MIT-E Network is one of the most utilized organizations of its kind in the state, with many schools involved in five to six classes in a seven period school day. Many members have multiple locations so they can have students enrolled in several classes concurrently. Created in 1993, MIT-E is one Missouri’s original I-TV networks.
Superintendents, principals, counselors, site facilitators, and students at each school have a direct role in making I-TV courses successful in their individual district. Members support a common network staff that is responsible for scheduling, budgeting, troubleshooting, training, and equipment maintenance.
The network has gone through several equipment revisions over nearly three decades. MIT-E uses industry standard hardware:
- LifeSize Team 220
- Lifesize Icon
- LifeSize endpoint management software
- LifeSize Videocenter for recording and live streaming
- Zoom for smaller groups of students
Overall, there are over 40 individual videoconferencing endpoints among MIT-E schools.