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      PPHM beats Smithsonian for prestigious award

      The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum receives CILC Award.

      The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon has beat the world famous Smithsonian Museum by receiving the highest award in educational interactive video conferencing. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Award is given annually to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators. To qualify for the award, the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3.0 on all of their program evaluations during the school year. The PPHM has been participating in video conferencing as part of CILC since 2010 and this is the first time PPHM has won the award, beating museums across the nation.

      "Interactive video conferencing is very similar to Skyping or Facetime in that I can see and hear them in real-time," PPHM Education Manager Elaina Cunningham said. "So it's basically like I'm standing in their room teaching the class, except they are just watching a video monitor instead."

      The CILC is a nonprofit, specializing in the utilization of video conferencing and collaborative technologies for live interactive content and professional development with K-20 education and lifelong learning.