Started in the eEmpowerment Zone
|Welcome to the eEmpowerment Zone. The eEmpowerment
Zone (eZone) is a comprehensive, web-based e-learning and professional development
center that is designed for a far-reaching community of learners: pre-service and in-service teachers, students, higher education faculty, administrators, and library media
specialists. Follow the simple
steps below to get started.
- Go to the eZone [http://empowermentzone.tamu.edu/].
Note - throughout the eZone, you can get to eZone Home page
(front) by clicking once on the eZone link at the top of
the menu to the left. As you can see several other pages
can be accessed from this side menu like My eAssessment, Welcome
to the eZone etc.
[You must be a registered user of the eZone to access the eZone modules. You
will receive eZone login information from your community's facilitator. Or to
find out more information about registering for eZone modules, contact us at email@example.com]
- Login to the eZone.
Click on Enter the Zone to access the eZone modules. There are three options for accessing eZone modules:
- Accelerate Online & Options Program Strand
- Portfolio Development Strand
- Full eZone Module Directory
To begin a module, click Start
Module. Each time you return to the module, you will be given a
prompt to continue where you left off (provided you are
logged in each time)
- To view a description of the module before taking it,
select View Details.
This will provide you with learning object details including a brief description.
- You can view your progress across all eZone modules that you are enrolled in at any time, by going to the
My eAssessment page.
By logging in each time you enter the eZone, you will be able
to take full advantage of all eZone resources and features:
- You will have access to all of your eAccount information
- You will get feedback as you advance through some of the eZone
modules that require grading
- You will receive updates when new resources are added to the
In addition to completing modules
a program strand, you can access other features like the eZone Quarterly, to explore the
latest NewsFlash, Spotlight Resource, or Powerful Practice
features. The table below includes descriptions of several key eZone
Important Technical Notes
Visit the eZone
Support Page and complete the eZone Test Page for New Users, this
will insure that your computer has been properly prepared for successful eZone use.
Also, access eZone tutorials on the eZone Support Page like the
My eAssesment Tutorial to learn more about keeping up
with your progress as you complete eZone modules.
For optimal results, the eEmpowerment Zone resources are best
in 1024 X 768 pixel resolution. The latest versions of Internet
Explorer and Netscape browsers will include RealPlayer and Macromedia
Shockwave Player, otherwise they will need to be installed, as
eZone modules require these plug-ins. Free versions of the players
are available at http://www.real.com
respectively. Also, cookies should be enabled in your browser,
will enable full functionality of the module feedback prompts.
Descriptions of eZone Features
include hands-on or interactive online instructional content,
project-based learning activities. Modules incorporate feedback
prompts, and are designed around ongoing needs sensing and
state and national
|My eAssessment Administration
and Reporting System
||The My eAssessment reporting
system enables students
and instructors to track student progress remotely. My eAssessment
include student progress data on module enrollment, completion
and assessment. Administration and Facilitator Pages include
students, learning objects, overall module progress, student
portfolios and customized
feature in the eZone allows interns to submit various classroom
artifacts and then their web-based
portfolios are dynamically or automatically updated, without
requiring formal web development. Intern
portfolios serve as a resource for teaching interns to share
their professional goals, interests, and classroom
artifacts with supervisors, mentor teachers and other interns
in their cohort over the course of the year.
||Discussion Boards were set up
in the eZone to facilitate ongoing support and communication
among students, instructors,
or interns and supervisors. All Options/Accelerate students
should subscribe to their Mailing List. Whenever a new article
appears in the Discussion Board, you can have a copy of that
article emailed to you. Articles are compiled in digest format
and emailed daily.
feature highlights state and some national educational technology
news, professional development and funding announcements and
feature spotlights an educational resource or application, many
resources are nominated or created by educators or educational
feature highlights what model K-20 educators are doing. How
are educational technologies impacting teaching and learning
in a wealth of situations? Exemplary curricula, diversity responsive
practice, and mentor programs are highlighted.
|Resource Media Center
resource media center is designed as a dynamic shared resource
center for communities of learners that include pre-service
and in-service teachers, administrators, library media specialists,
higher education faculty, parents and students. eZone community members are encouraged to nominate and rate resources.
||The break room
is designed to give users a space to freely explore diverse
web-resources, outside of structured instructional activities.
The eZone's community of learners can take breaks in between
modules or at any time, to freely experience the breadth, depth
and creative power of the web.
eEmpowerment Zone & Integrated ePortfolio System was designed by Trina Davis and Arlen Strader
from the eEducation Group at Texas A&M University. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.|