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The EdLab Group is a dynamic organization dedicated to educational innovation, developing and implementing programs and projects that create meaningful and widespread impact. We deliver programs statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our staff have expertise in managing and scaling up large projects that include professional development for educators, informal educational experiences for youth, and exemplary practice dissemination for practitioners.


Idaho Telehealth Plan

LinkIDAHO--a State Broadband Initiative (SBI) managed by EdLab Group and funded through the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, recently joined with the Idaho Telehealth Task Force to help guide the state's efforts in moving telehealth forward in Idaho. LinkIDAHO and EdLab Group partner ICF International conducted several research activities to identify the next steps for promoting a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to supporting the expanded use of telehealth to provide healthcare in Idaho.  ICF's work was designed to improve the Task Force’s understanding of the needs for and uses of telehealth, as well as to identify barriers and facilitators to its use. ICF synthesized the findings from those research activities to identify potential next steps the Task Force can take to expand telehealth services throughout the state and promote effective and safe medical care. A summary of the key findings and accompanying recommendations are presented in the "Idaho Telehealth Plan", that is designed to:

  • improve understanding of the current use of telehealth services at the regional and state levels;
  • identify barriers and facilitators to current use of telehealth;
  • serve as a compendium of recommended strategies for expanding the use of telehealth;
  • foster conversation and consensus regarding what should be the high priority action steps; and
  • guide the Task Force in choosing strategies that are the most feasible and impactful.

The Plan includes a discussion of the methods, including the data collection activities; a synthesized summary of key findings from the data collection activities; recommendations for action steps and potential strategies; and a discussion of next steps.


EdLab Group Holiday Greeting

The EdLab Group would like to thank our partners, collaborators, and colleagues in the field for the work we accomplished in 2014. We helped create positive change, together, and are thankful for your collaboration and support in 2014. Everyone at the EdLab Group sends our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!


Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Transmedia Project Highlights

This summer the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) invited programs to participate in a pilot project with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM). The LVM is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos. 

Selected projects were given access to the LVM Teacher Toolkit, which is now available for free on iTunes University, and piloted activities from the "Eco Explorers: Mi Tierra, Mi Mundo" module. In Eco Explorers youth learn about the watershed by experiencing a bilingual immersive virtual experience and then making connections to their local watershed through hands on activities.

On October 2, 2014 two of the participating programs, Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, joined LVM for an NGCP webinar to celebrate the launch of the toolkit and share best practices for integrating this amazing collection of transmedia resources into STEM programming. They shared feedback and insights such as:

  • The LVM Teacher Toolkit gives youth an opportunity to connect lessons from the curriculum to everyday life and share their knowledge with their community.
  • The Eco Explorers module is a great way to introduce a project-based idea that focuses on the local watershed. The module also provides opportunities to incorporate local resources and build local partnerships.
  • The youth in the pilot programs loved the Eco Explorers game and microsite!

The NGCP would like to thank Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc. for sharing their experiences using the LVM Teacher Toolkit during the webinar and throughout the pilot. If you are interested in learning more, you can listen to the webinar or download the presentation slides here.


Three girls working on an underwater lego robot

Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World

From programming lessons and building robot structures to team building activities and lunch with female role models the Project Splash camp held August 4-8, 2014 in Seattle, WA was a busy week!

Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World."

Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program, supported by Boeing, and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.

Working in teams of four, girls built underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. Mentors from Boeing, Microsoft, and LiveStories spoke to the girls throughout the week. During a final showcase for parents and friends they demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication.

For more information about Project Splash camps, email Nimisha Ghosh Roy at nghoshroy@edlabbgroup.org. And be sure to check out pictures from Camp!

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