Beth Ellis, teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School
Contributions to Innovation Award video for ISTE’s 2016 Interactive Video Conference

Presenters: Kelly Sain, Director of Educational Technology, and Kent Cruger, Principal of Bear Creek Elementary School
Beth Ellis, was nominated by Kelly Sain, Director of Educational Technology, who wrote:
We would like to nominate Beth Ellis for the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Her class participated in a video conference with NASA. Beth has been inspired by teaching using digital tools by being involved in the 21st Century Cohort. Please see below for more information about the acceptance of the video at ISTE here in Denver. This work supports our mission of collaboration, supporting student success with learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. It is most certainly supportive of the innovative guidelines.  
The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), a global organization connecting education leaders, announced that the DMNS Scientist in Action program connecting with Astronaut Lindgren on the ISS was selected as the winner for their Interactive Video Conference Innovation award! The project and the team were "recognized for outstanding achievement" at the ISTE conference in Denver this past June.  
This project provided students direct access to an out of this world research location and an amazing astronaut that used his weightless environment to demonstrate experiments and answer the personally relevant questions of students from across North America. Participants became an active part of the preparing for this significant event. Students learning included: research & writing skills, formulating questions, media presentation, videography, and related technical skills.
DMNS experimented with different levels of connectivity; bridging the H323 connections of JPL & the ISS with 10 interactive schools in their classrooms, plus an additional 1000 view only students connected on a zoom webinar format. DMNS then broadened the conference reach by live streaming out to social media - youtube, ustream and periscope.