Mission: Regional educational technology network - retn - makes media and technology accessible for all students and lifelong learners to advance education and civic engagement.
Programs: Production and collaboration: retn cablecasts channel 16 on three cable systems that includes comcast in williston, comcast in shelburne, and burlington telecom in burlington. In 2014, retn aired 168 hours of programming per week on each of the three channels and produced more than 250 local programs with 5 full-time staff, 1 regular part-time staff, 14 as needed part-time employees, 20 interns and volunteers, 58 community organizational partners, 4 colleges, 1 university, and 36 k-12 schools in 11 school districts. Among these programs, retn worked with a variety of community members - educational, non-profit and commercial businesses - to produce programs including information sessions in schools and public libraries, concerts by the vermont youth orchestra and local bands on rocket shop live with big heavy world, presentations from the center for research on vermont at uvm, author readings and talks at the burlington book festival and at phoenix books, and local school board meetings. Continuing collaboration with schools in chittenden and addison counties include commencement ceremonies from all local high schools, events from shelburne community school and williston central school, showcases of student work from a number of middle schools, high schools and colleges, including films from the high school level 50-hour film festival. These programs are provided on channel 16 and as video-on-demand for the public at the retn website. During 2014, a production by community producers with support from retn, including our 3-credit graduate course, was recognized with a first-place national programming award by the alliance for community media.
community educationretn has continued and expanded a number of educational programs providing students, teachers, and other community members training in the skills of video production and distribution of content. In 2014, retn continued monthly workshops in basic camera skills, advanced camera skills, and editing. Retn also added a 10-hour workshop on video production using mobile devices. For a third year, retn taught a graduate level course in teaching with video production, aimed at k-12 teachers and accredited by southern new hampshire university (pdco545). These workshops and the course have increased participation by teachers, students, and community members producing programs for cablecast and distribution by retn.
educational access programmingretn is a community media organization operating the educational access channels on three cable television systems in northwestern vermont. Retn provides the opportunity for schools, other educational organizations and community scholars to acquire, produce and cablecast educational programs, learning events, and educational policy coverage for the public via the cable systems on channel 16. Retn operates and maintains video production, post-production, cablecast, and web-based facilities designated for use by community producers representing the schools and the broader educational community. Retn also provides teacher, student and community training and presentations pertaining to the educational use of telecommunications, video and other technologies. In 2014 retn established a partnership with the vermont agency of education to produce a series of short videos to bring viewers in to schools around the state to see exemplary strategies and practices in vermont education. Longer shows in the series, hosted by vermont secretary of education rebecca holcombe, are called education: join the conversation. Shorter shows are called vermont education minute.