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The T-STEM Network and Electronic Learning Community
Purpose:  To establish a statewide network to showcase best practices in school development, leadership, and redesign that have a proven track record of quality education that impacts student achievement.
Vision:  The Electronic Learning Community will be a dynamic infrastructure and supporting process to capture, approve, disseminate and maintain collective knowledge in order to leverage and expand innovations supported by the Texas High School Project and the T-STEM Network.
·          Facilitate a learning community for communication, knowledge capture and sharing and professional networking.  
·          Identify and disseminate grant opportunities and professional development opportunities.
·          Promote and disseminate best practices of organizations influencing student achievement.
·          Provide resources and tools to promote data-driven learning organizations.

Key Areas of the Community:


1         General T-STEM Network Site and Notice board – online area for submitting just-in-time announcements
2         Knowledge Repository – online STEM-related resources contributed by members ranging from articles, presentations, and tools to website recommendations. The repository is organized by general reform themes, but has a special category for STEM Education.
3         Workspaces - A workspace is a collaborative/communications area which provides a group with a range of tools with various levels of accessibility. 
4         Web-Based Seminars – online, interactive presentations, panels and/or meetings focusing on STEM topics, papers, etc. 
1. The T-STEM Network Site and Notice board
The T-STEM Network homepage is merely a splash page that will help point grantees and visitors in the right direction. The following areas are important to keep updated:
·          Notice Board - This board is viewable by all, but kept up-to-date by Project Administrators who have “write” access. The What’s New board is a place to place all time-sensitive dates and general announcements. Members can subscribe to this area to get notified when something new has been placed on the board. 
·          PD/Events – This area links to conferences with links to conference registration sites and contact information., announcements of webinars, a place to add to a conference list, view webinar list, and add to the Texas PD notice board. Project Administrators will be able to create a page that describes PD that can be linked to the notice board. Keep informed!
·          Resources – This area contains the STEM education category section at first, but other categories are listed for you to place items.
·          Community – This area lists the T-STEM Network Grantees and links to their profile. Project Administrators can update their profile.
·          Photo Gallery – This area can be used to add photos of events
·          Workspaces – This area provides a link to Grantee workspaces.
·          STEM Spotlight – This area will feature spotlights of Grantees
·          STEM in the News – This area will feature news
·          Calendar – This area will feature news for the general network
2. Knowledge Repository (KR) Open to Public
The Knowledge Repository will be known as the one-stop-shop for STEM related resources, events and opportunities, on a state and eventually a national level. Currently this area will be read-only for most members and visitors and read/write for our T-STEM Centers, who will be major contributors for now. As folks get acclimated to the site and a content vetting process will be activated.
Please post useful tools, resources and websites so that they can be shared with other T-STEM grantees. Resources in the KR include:
·          Articles you wish to contribute
·          Useful Websites: Websites on STEM that support your work in math and science reform
·          Tools and materials that your group has used successfully
·          News: Links to resources on STEM policy and general news of interest
3. Workspaces:   Project Workspace v.s. Network Workspace
Workspaces can be project-wide (only members of a particular T-STEM project, such as Centers, Academies, Coaches) or Network-wide (the public and others that join the Network).  Members may elect to receive email notification when new posts, files, notices, or calendar events are added.
You can choose to use as few or as many of the following tools:
·          Calendar
·          Discussion, Blog, and Chat areas
·          File and Folder Sharing
·          Content Pages
·          Evaluation and Surveys
·          Photo Gallery
·          Project Management
·          Wikis
Project Workspace
You may add colleagues as new members to your Project Workspace at various levels of permission.  (See list of suggested levels of access below.) Project members can:
·          Share files and communicate in Working Groups
·          Post to Calendar, Resources, and Library
·          Post project highlights and annual reports
·          Share work in progress with other project  members
Network Workspace
You may create or contribute to spaces within the network whereby guests are free to
·          Participate in discussions
·          Participate in online seminars
·          View calendar events
·          View announcements in notice board
·          View and rank articles in the repository
·          View recommended websites
·          Participate in surveys
·          Share news
Different levels of access
I would recommend upon launching the site, login. After you log in, the site recognizes whether you are a Project Administrator, a Project Member, or a Guest. Access to interactive functionality varies accordingly, with Guests having limited access and Project Administrators having greatest access. Project Administrators can define the level of access for members of their project in their Workspace. The levels are described below.
T-STEM Project Site Administrators: By default this role is assigned to the PI of a Center, Academy or other Grantee, but can be shared or assigned to a few members within the Project. Administrators approve new member applicants, add multiple members and assign levels of access to members. They may also update their manage Project Working Groups, Calendars, Workspaces, and Resources. They also have rights to update the three Notice Boards: What’s New, PD, and Grants.
Project Members: All logged-in project members are affiliated with a T-STEM project, such as a Center or Academy or other Grantees, and are given full interactive capabilities to post, view project information, and participate in their own Project Space. Project members include PIs, general members, and anyone else affiliated with a project’s work.
T-STEM Network Members: Project members also belong to the larger Network membership group. These members are usually the lead staff from Centers, Academies, and other Grantee groups. Lead project members will have more extensive rights, but project members may read and post for cross-project communication and collaboration.
Guests: Guests see a restricted, read-only, view of T-STEM Network. Guests can read articles and search for resources that have been designated as viewable to the public.
4.  Web-Based Seminars/Meetings – online, interactive presentations, panels and/or meetings focusing on STEM topics, papers, etc.  A calendar of web-based seminars will be offered on a routine basis.  Consider hosting a panel, presenting a successful project or paper, etc.  On a smaller scale, the ELC can also host up to 3 concurrent online meetings.  Contact the administrator to schedule these.

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