COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 40

February 22, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Implications of Digital Conversion for Virginia's Schools

 

In 2009, all television broadcast signals will be converted from an analog signal to digital transmission. To inform school divisions about the implications, the Office of Educational Technology has prepared an information brief that addresses not only the necessary technical requirements but also the potential for expanded services to divisions. The brief offers background information, technical support, and links to related resources. It may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Technology/OET/info_brief_digital_conversion.pdf.

 

Efforts are underway to educate parents, teachers, and administrators about the digital transition. Virginia's public television stations are working directly with schools to assess division needs and ensure continuity in instructional programming. Information about the conversion also has been posted to each station's website. To inquire about these information and support services, you may contact your representative on the Regional Schools Contracting and Planning Committee or the public television station serving your division.

 

Members of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) DTV Speakers Bureau will participate in presentations to educate viewers about the digital television transition. The broadcasters are willing to visit schools to explain the transition and help students, parents, and administrators prepare for the changes. Additional information may be found at www.dtvanswers.com. To schedule a speaker from the NAB DTV Speakers Bureau, you may contact Dan Woodley at dwoodley@crosbyvolmer.com or (202) 232-6648. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Linda Holt, educational technology specialist, via e-mail at linda.holt@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 786-5149.

 

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