the GST BOCES E-Learning Service - Distance Learning Page

Overview of Distance Learning

  • This service offers students and educators in the GST region the opportunity to connect and interact with remote sites in a synchronous (or recorded video-based) manner. There are numerous opportunities provided by Distance Learning:
    • Students can earn credit by having access to courses that may not be available in their home district.
    • District educators can collaborate on multi-site course offerings and other programming.
    • School leadership can provide for virtual meetings and professional learning opportunities using these services.
    • In addition, everyone can benefit from the large number of interactive videoconferencing (IVC) connections and regional collaborations available through the DL service.
  • GST BOCES is an active member of the NYS Distance Learning Consortium, allowing access to hundreds of available student courses from around the state.
  • We also offer professional development and support for all aspects of your district Distance Learning needs, including:
    • Videoconferencing equipment consultations
    • Distance Learning room (or cart) design consultation
    • Technical support where needed.
    • Supporting best practices for education programming via Distance Learning

Courses Available via DL

  • The state does not limit the type or number of courses that a student can take via Synchronous Distance Learning technology.
  • The New York State Distance Learning Consortium maintains a statewide database with available courses and times listed. Whether your school wants to "send" courses to other schools or "receive only" please contact DL@gstboces.org. The E-Learning Coordinator will also be able to provide usernames, passwords, and training for using this database.
    NYS Distance Learning Database
    the NYS Distance
    Learning Database

    http://coursesonline.e2ccb.org
  • Interested in obtaining an Associate's Degree from Corning Community College while still in high school? Documentation will be available soon that will outline this opportunity through strategic scheduling and the use of DL technologies.

NYS Credit Regulations for E-Learning

  • How can Distance Learning courses be useful in the awarding of high school credit? In addition to regular credit accrual, a DL course can:
    • help prepare a student to get Credit by Examination.
    • be used as the primary content for an Independent Study credit.
    • target a student's deficiencies to allow for Unit or Credit Recovery.
    • allow a student to prep for standardized tests or industry certificates.

  • The New York State Education Department recognizes the need for various options for students to obtain high school credits. The charts linked below are derived from the NYS Part 100.5 regulations and work initially done by the NERIC Region Online/Blended Learning Subcommittee and more recently updated by the NYS Distance Learning Consortium.

  • NYS does not differentiate between "Distance Learning" and "Online Learning" courses in the regulations. The forth column "Credit for Online or Blended Courses" will apply to any course taken that meets this definition:

    "Online course means instruction in a specific subject consisting of teacher-to-student, student-to-student and/or student-to-content interactions that occur solely through digital and/or Internet-connected media."

Videoconferencing Platforms

  • GST BOCES supports a variety of Videoconferencing platforms including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.
    • The Zoom platform is the standard solution for Distance Learning classes and general videoconferencing in New York State. Due to the way it can connect to other platforms such as SIP and H.323 devices, Zoom allows almost any video-based hardware to connect with other systems.
    • Zoom licenses are compliant with Ed Law 2D only if they are obtained through GST BOCES E-Learning Service and your district has a signed Opt-In agreement in place with the state licenseholder.
      • If you are using a personal Zoom account with students please contact your district technology director or DPO for a compliant account.
      • Unsure if you account is compliant? Please contact the BOCES E-Learning coordinator.
    • The following Zoom-related licenses are available through the GST BOCES CoSER 430 (E-Learning):
      • Licensed User Accounts
      • Basic User Accounts
      • Zoom Room Licenses
      • Zoom Webinar Licenses (100, 500, 1000, or 3000 user)
      • Zoom "Large Meeting" Licenses (500 or 1000 user)
      • H.323 or SIP Room Connectors (if you wish to connect H.323 or SIP devices to a Zoom Meeting)
    • The image to the left will take you to a Zoom Resources page.

    the Microsoft Teams platform
    • Microsoft Teams licensing is managed by the GSTRIC (Computer Services) or WNYRIC, depending on which RIC your district uses.
    • User support can be available from the GST BOCES Instructional Support Team.
    • Many resources have been created for this platform by the GST BOCES Instructional Support Team. Please reach out to your district's Instructional Support Teacher or your IT Team for more information.
    • The image to the left will take you to a Resources page developed by the BOCES of NY. This page is not maintained by GST BOCES and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

    the Google Meet platform
    • Google Meet licensing is managed by the GSTRIC (Computer Services) or WNYRIC, depending on which RIC you use.
    • User support can be available from the GST BOCES Instructional Support Team.
    • Many resources have been created for this platform by the GST BOCES Instructional Support Team. Please reach out to your district's Instructional Support Teacher or your IT Team for more information.
    • The image to the left will take you to a Resources page developed by the BOCES of NY. This page is not maintained by GST BOCES and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

    H.323 or SIP technologies
    • A limited number of Tandberg, Cisco, Polycom, or similar H.323 or SIP systems still exist in our region as well. These platforms are compatible with Zoom and Zoom Rooms through a special Zoom Meeting Connector (which BOCES manages as part of the service). The region is phasing these systems out as they need replacement due to the amount of additional network configuration needed for their use.
    • H.323 equipment in use:
      • Addison High School - Distance Learning Room (OHM BOCES Cisco system) [ending 6/2021]
      • Prattsburgh Central School - Library Conference Room (Tandberg Cart)
      • GST Bush Campus - Building 12 Conference Room (Cisco cart)
      • GST Teacher Center - Dana Lyon School, Bath (Polycom cart)
    • Due to the way these systems must be configured in the firewall, most of these carts will only function if plugged in to the proper Ethernet port in a specific location. Also, content coming in from outside the firewall will need to be manually added to a whitelist, so please make sure any connections with this equipment are set up and tested at least one week prior to the event if possible.

GST BOCES Distance Learning Spaces

  • The Greater Southern Tier BOCES maintains a variety of spaces throughout the region that are equipped with Distance Learning equipment. Many of these spaces can be signed out using the Roommate system or by emailing the contact person listed. Click on the locations below to see associated videoconferencing spaces.

    GST BOCES Bush Campus (Elmira)
    Bush Campus -- Building 1 -- Distance Learning Room
    Bush Distance Learning Room
    Bush DL Room
    Description Bush 1 DL is a medium-sized conference room with a flexible setup. This space is used often by the GST Central Admin for various purposes; it is a good idea to sign the room out in Roommate and/or contact the GST switchboard to check for availability as early as possible. This room was renovated in 2019.
    Room Control Extron Controller
    Primary Computer Windows 10 PC with Zoom and two monitors
    I/O Laptop Input (HDMI w/standard adapters)
    Lecturn-mounted Document Camera
    ScreenBeam and AppleTV devices for wireless sharing
    Sound Ceiling-mounted Tandberg microphone system
    mounted stereo speakers
    Visual (1) TV screens and (1) large projection screen can be used to present


    Bush Campus -- Building 1 -- Conference Room A-B-C
    Bush 1 A-B-C Conference Room
    Bush A-B-C
    Description Bush A-B-C is the largest flexible-space space on a GST campus. With moveable partitions the large room can be split into three smaller rooms (A, B, and C). This room is used very often by on-campus programs and should be reserved in Roommate as early as possible. The center room - "B" - is where the main screen, speakers, and cameras are located. Rooms A and C have their own screens, but are not equipped with their own camera, sound or microphone systems. More often than not the entire space is used as one giant presentation space. The equipment in this room was updated in 2019.
    Room Control Extron Controller
    Primary Computer Windows 10 PC with Zoom and two monitors
    I/O Laptop Input (HDMI w/standard adapters)
    Lecturn-mounted Document Camera
    ScreenBeam and AppleTV devices for wireless sharing
    Sound Ceiling-mounted condenser microphone system
    mounted stereo speakers
    Visual (2) TV screens and (1) large projection screen can be used to present


    Bush Campus -- Building 11 -- Room 118
    Bush 11 Room 118 - small conference room
    Bush 11 Room 118
    Description Bush 118 is a small meeting room, max participants is 6 (2 if social distancing). This room is often used for the NYS Teachers' Retirement System consultations as it is small and equipped with DL equipment.
    Room Control None
    Primary Computer Windows 10 PC with Zoom
    I/O None
    Sound PC Speaker
    (1) wired tabletop XLR microphone
    Visual (1) TV screens


    Bush Campus -- Building 12 -- Main Office Conference Room
    Bush 12 Polycom Cart
    Bush 12 Cart
    Description Bush 12 Main Office Conference Room is generally used by the main office staff and cannot be signed out on Roommate. The DL cart can be moved from that space to another room in the Bush 12 building. This cart uses a Cisco H.323 system and can only reliably connect to Zoom-based meetings unless the network is pre-configured for another specific connection. This equipment is in great condition but will probably be updated by 2022.
    Room Control Cisco H.323 system
    Primary Computer None
    I/O Laptop Input (VGA w/audio)
    Sound Screen-integrated speakers
    (1) wired tabletop XLR microphone
    Visual (1) TV screen on a cart


    GST BOCES Coopers Campus (Coopers Plains)
    Coopers Campus -- Building 8 -- Distance Learning Room
    Coopers Distance Learning Room
    Coopers DL Room
    Description Coopers 8 DL is a large conference room with a flexible setup. This space is often used for board meetings, trainings, weekend college classes, and faculty meetings. It is a good idea to sign the room out in Roommate and/or contact the Coopers main office to check for availability as early as possible. This space was renovated in 2019 and is one of the nicest videoconferencing spaces at GST BOCES.
    Room Control Extron Controller
    Primary Computer Windows 10 PC with Zoom and two monitors
    I/O Laptop Input (HDMI w/standard adapters)
    Lecturn-mounted Document Camera
    ScreenBeam and AppleTV devices for wireless sharing
    Sound Ceiling-mounted Tandberg microphone system
    mounted stereo speakers
    Visual (1) TV screen and (1) projection screen can be used to present


    Coopers Campus -- Building 8 -- Small Conference Room
    Coopers Small Conference Room
    Coopers Room 807
    Description Coopers 807 is a small conference room adjacent to the DL Room. It can hold about 6-8 people (2-3 max if social distancing) and would be appropriate for small groups to gather for videoconferencing. The Tandberg system is able to connect to Zoom-based meetings by navigating to the phone book and looking for "Zoom". All controls are managed through the remote control. The equipment in this room is next on the list to be updated.
    Room Control Cisco H.323 Device
    Primary Computer None
    I/O Laptop Input (VGA)
    Sound Tabletop Tandberg microphone
    Screen-integrated speakers
    Visual (1) TV screen


    GST BOCES Wildwood Campus (Hornell)
    Wildwood Campus -- Building 1 -- Distance Learning Room
    Wildwood DL Room
    Wildwood 1 DL Room
    Description Wildwood 1 DL is a large conference room with a flexible setup. Sometimes used by on-campus programs, it is a good idea to sign the room out in Roommate and/or contact the Wildwood main office to check for availability as early as possible. This is currently the only designated videoconferencing space on the Wildwood campus.
    Room Control Extron Controller
    Primary Computer Windows 10 PC with Zoom and two monitors
    I/O Laptop Input (HDMI w/standard adapters)
    Lecturn-mounted Document Camera
    ScreenBeam and AppleTV devices for wireless sharing
    Sound Ceiling-mounted Tandberg microphone system
    mounted stereo speakers
    Visual (1) TV screen and (1) projection screen can be used to present
    GST Teacher Center (Bath location)
    Bath Central School District -- Dana Lyon School -- GST Teacher Center
    the GST Teacher Center at Bath
    GST Teacher Center
    Description This Polycom cart can connect to Zoom meetings or pre-configured H.323 meetings when needed.
    Room Control There are two remote controls for this system - the Polycom remote is what you need to use. (rechargable battery uses microUSB charger)
    Primary Computer None
    I/O PC HDMI and VGA inputs
    Sound Integrated Speakers
    One wired Polycom multi-directional microphone
    Visual (1) flatscreen
    (1) camera mounted on top of the TV panel
    Instructional Support Training Room (Bath location)
    Bath Central School District -- Haverling High School -- GST Training Room
    GST BOCES Training Room at Bath High School
    GST Training Room (Room #342)
    Description This room is on the first floor of the Haverling High School in Bath. Tables and chairs that can be arranged in multiple ways.
    Room Control None
    Primary Computer Windows 10 Desktop
    I/O There is currently no way to present in this space from any other device.
    Document Camera is available.
    Sound The ActivePanel has speakers (must be turned on for sound to work)
    Microphone array will be mounted on the mobile cart in the room (needs to be plugged into the computer USB to work)
    Visual (2) Presenter screens
    (1) Promethean ActivePanel on the front wall
    Camera system will be mounted on the mobile cart in the room (needs to be plugged into the computer USB to work)
    Instructional Support Training Room (GST STEM Academy location)
    GST BOCES STEM Academy -- Instuctional Support Training Room
    GST BOCES Instructional Support Training Room
    GST Training Room
    Description
    Room Control
    Primary Computer
    I/O
    Sound
    Visual

    Zoom Rooms
    • Zoom Rooms are videoconferencing spaces with specially configured hardware that allow more control over your Zoom meetings. Currently there are four Zoom Room systems in the GST BOCES region:
      • Avoca Central School
      • Bradford Central School
      • Odessa-Montour High School
      • Watkins Glen High School
      Additional Zoom rooms are in planning stages at this time. If you would like to tour one of these rooms to see the capabilities offered please contact the E-Learning Coordinator.

Search for Content Providers & DL Collaborations

  • Collaborative Projects and Interactive Videoconferencing (Virtual Field Trips) can be scheduled through the E-Learning Service. These events must be planned at least 4 weeks ahead of time so that they can successfully be scheduled, paid for, and the connections tested (if required).

    Some connections are free and will only require registration, others have a participation and/or materials cost associated with them.


    NYS Collaborations via the NYSDLC
    • NYS Distance Learning Consortium - FREE Statewide Collaborations
      • Available to any teachers whose schools participate in a BOCES E-Learning or Distance Learning service.
      • These are annual events.
      • If you have an idea for a new state-wide collaboration please contact The E-Learning Coordinator!

    • CILC: The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
      • Database where you can search for interactive video conference content providers.

    the Center of  Science and Industry (COSI)
    • Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

Interactive Videoconference Content Providers

Equipment Lending

  • The GST BOCES Distance Learning service has an assortment of equipment that can be borrowed for short periods of time by participating districts. To borrow, please contact the E-Learning Coordinator.
    • Other



      HDMI-to-USB Converters
      Misc
      HDMI > USB Converters

      for Video Input
      BlackMagic Ultra Studio Express I/O device
      BlackMagic Design
      Ultra Studio Express

      Thunderbolt I/O
      elgato Thunderbolt II dock
      Elgato
      Thunderbolt II

      Thunderbolt Dock I/O