"Creating Connections" Recipient of CCSSO Award
June 2, 1997: Michael A. Moses, Texas Commissioner of Education, was notified by the Council of Chief State School Officers that the Texas Education Agency project "Creating Connections: A Distance Learning Network" has been selected as one of six nationwide projects to be presented at the the CCSSO Summer Institute in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The project was selected from a nationwide field of forty-seven educational technology project submittals and is the first project ever to be selected from Texas. The fiber optic videoconferencing network was engineered and integrated by The Media Cottage, Inc, with overall project management by Cathey, Hutton & Associates. Currently, the network connects fourteen schools and universities with full motion video, audio, and multimedia capabilities.

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide, nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the United States. In representing chief education administrators, CCSSO works on behalf of the state agencies that have primary authority for education in each state. The CCSSO Summer Institute will be held at McDonald's University at Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Media Cottage, Inc. is headquartered in Wimberley, Texas and offers consulting, design and installation for audio visual/video, control systems, lighting, multi-media, videoconferencing, and telecommunications. For over twenty years they have worked with Architects, Developers, Governmental Agencies, Planning Commissions and Equipment Manufacturers in developing solutions to complex communication problems. Their extensive expertise has established them as proven leaders in implementing Distance Learning facilities.

For further information,
or to obtain a free videotape describing the network,
call us at: 512-847-8956, or email Ed Wood