Utah Education Network (UEN) joined the ranks of technology leaders in October when the Utah Governor broadcast a motivational speech to Utah high school students via live-telecast. Governor Gary R. Herbert was the first ever Utah governor to address students through statewide broadcast.
The Governor’s address was broadcast via telepresence from the USU/CEU center in Blanding and was available via live-stream to every high school in the state. A recording of Governor Herbert’s live event is housed on the UEN site. During the event, the Governor took questions via interactive video from students in Rich High School (Randolph, UT), Orem High School, and Murray High School.
Not only does this event signify Utah’s growing emphasis on the importance of post-secondary education but it is one step closer to realizing UEN’s vision to, “Be Utah’s most recognized, trusted, and accessible partner for innovation in educational technology.” Through live events like this, students and the community come together to collaborate and strengthen ties.
UEN has proved that telepresence can benefit the education community beyond the classroom. The interactive element of telepresence can increase the impact of a speech like Governor Herbert’s by humanizing the interaction.
This is just one project of many that UEN is implementing statewide. The organization currently has an extensive infrastructure and endpoints that provide connections across the state.
As our friends at UEN have said many times, it really is not about people adapting to technology; it’s technology adapting to people.