What is the DA Leadership Institute?

The mission of the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) is to provide cutting-edge professional development to school district superintendents and other senior education executives to inspire innovation and leadership excellence in K12 education.

This mission is accomplished through top-tier live events focused on intensive networking and collaboration with innovative solution providers, and through engagement in virtual communities to promote ongoing discussion, debate, and the sharing of professional resources and leadership initiatives.

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Facing the World: Telepresence in Education

A media-savvy generation of learners is now driving unprecedented change in the education sector. Students armed with laptops, smartphones, and tablets fluidly connect to each other through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs. With the explosion of social media in the last few years and its rippling effects on communications, there is growing evidence that streaming video and multimedia content are successfully engaging students in new forms of active and collaborative learning. New media technologies dovetail perfectly with emerging theories and paradigms for education, emphasizing experiential and collaborative learning.

This guide focuses on interactive video communication, or telepresence. Telepresence simulates a traditional face-to-face environment, the very oldest form of teaching, but no longer limits students and teachers to being in the same place. Participants at multiple sites are able to see, hear, and interact with each other in real time. Telepresence is assisting K20 schools around the world in overcoming geographic and financial barriers.