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Wainhouse Summit Update: “Will High Definition Video Replace Teachers?”

  • 02 February, 2007 10:20

<p>The one day Edu workshop – part of the three day WAINHOUSE COLLABORATION SUMMIT - will explore, discuss, and debate the practical aspects of deploying the current range of emerging technologies for distance education and e-Learning, blending higher education, corporate training, and K-12. Other workshops and technology demonstrations will be presented by Tandberg; Insors; Compunetix; Verizon Business; LifeSize; Codian; Polycom; Cisco and Telstra.</p>
<p><b>PRESS RELEASE/MEDIA INVITATION:</b> Sydney Immediate Distribution: (N.B. MEDIA PLACES ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST IN FIRST SERVED BASIS. PLS RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL OR CONTACT TERRY QUINN 0439 710 418.) NOTE: Some local and international speakers have agreed to pre-conference telephone interviews. Journalists interested should contact Terry Quinn 0439 710 418).</p>
<p><b>INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL SPEAKERS AT NEXT MONTHS WAINHOUSE COLLABORATION SUMMIT IN SYDNEY WILL DEMONSTRATE (and debate the dangers and value of) THE LATEST DISTANCE LEARNING “VIRTUAL CLASSROOM” TECHNOLOGIES IN HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO, TELEPRESENCE AND
VOICE-VIDEO-WEB APPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT, HEALTH AND HIGHER EDUCATION.</b></p>
<p><b>An award winning New York based teacher who uses internet videoconferencing to connect school students from 14 countries – including Australia – will speak at a special Edu Technology workshop on Distance Learning which will be part of the three day Wainhouse Collaboration Summit in Sydney’s Menzies Hotel on February 14, 15 &amp; 16. </b></p>
<p><b>The Wainhouse Collaboration Summit, recognised internationally as the leading industry conference on IP communications and the merger of voice, video and web conferencing – is being brought to Australia for the first time by Canberra based secure videoconferencing specialist ServicePoint, following six years of sell out events in San Franscisco and Berlin. </b></p>
<p>A combination of expert users and technology providers will also engage in what is promised to be a “vigorous debate” what does and does not lead to success in each segment. "Recent announcements by IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft as well as those of Polycom, Tandberg, and Radvision, will have a dramatic impact on the future plans of all sectors – Government and private,” according to Wainhouse Research Sr. Analyst and Partner Brent Kelly, "The Sydney Collaboration Summit will center on these unified communications issues."</p>
<p>Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit • Sydney 14-15-16 February 2007
Contact Information Margaret Reid: Conference Manager, 02-8904-0800, 02-8904-0802 mreid@margaretreid.com
ServicePoint: Andrew Berriman: 02-8259-4100 • Wainhouse: Andrew Davis: +1 617 975 0297
Media Contact: Terry Quinn 0439 710 418
More details <a href="http://www.wainhouse.com/sydney07">www.wainhouse.com/sydney07</a></p>
<p>New York school teacher Jody Kennedy who worked with Harvard University and the prestigious US “Think Tank” the Brookings Institute to create the unusual “Global Run Project”, winner of last year’s USDLA award for Best Practice in Distance Learning, uses videoconferencing to connect students in 25 schools in 14 countries. The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.</p>
<p>The distance learning workshop will take place on the final day of the Wainhouse Collaboration Summit February 14, 15 and 16. Distance learning and training services include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. Other speakers include Dr. Richard Caladine, Manager of Learning, Innovation, and Future Technologies, University of Wollongong; Dr. Robyn Smyth, Lecturer in Higher Education, The University of New England, Armidale; Paul Baird, General Manager of IT Services at FINSIA, the Financial Services Institute of Australia and Paul Crosisca, TAFE Queensland Videolinq.</p>
<p>The three day Summit being brought to Australia by Canberra based Federal Government secure videoconferencing specialist ServicePoint, will focus on the latest “unified collaborative communications” technology including IP telephony-based solutions (IPT), and voice-video-web applications as well as new initiatives in high definition video and telepresence in government, education, and health, according to Wainhouse Managing Partner and Senior Analyst Andrew Davis who will lead the Summit. For the past six years the Wainhouse Summit has been held annually in San Francisco and Berlin. The Sydney event marks a decision to include Asia Pacific region for the first time. The full speaker line up includes:</p>

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