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Distance Learning/ Videoconferencing



Welcome to Region 4's Getting Smart Virtually Program!
Region 4 Education Service Center's Getting Smart Virtually program serves area students and educators by providing access to exceptional academic and professional development programs. Our program provides an environment which overcomes barriers to education caused by time and physical distance. Distance learning opportunities are provided through videoconferencing technology that allows regional and global access to educational networks and programs. 
Take a look at the programs we offer below and subscribe to the Getting Smart Virtually newsletter to receive a monthly reminder about all upcoming programs!

Content Providers

Our Getting Smart Virtually program actively pursues educational partnerships with local, state, and national non-profit organizations to bring quality instructional programming and real-world dynamic experiences to students in the Greater Houston area. Non-profit agencies, higher education entities and other interested content providers who are interested in partnerships should contact our Region 4 Distance Learning Team.





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Crime Stoppers of Houston Virtually Wild! Texas
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BootUp Galveston Bay Foundation
Texas Wildlife Association  




The Getting Smart Virtually program provides a versatile and unique opportunity for:
  • Staff development
  • Guest speakers
  • Dual enrollment courses
  • District-to-District team teaching
  • Advanced degree courses for teachers
  • Technical assistance
  • Virtual field trips
  • Administrative/Advisor meetings
  • Content-inspired expert interviews
  • Teacher sharing for high need courses
  • Community education programs
  • Mock debates
  • Unique student projects




Our Getting Smart Virtually program offers instructional, economic, and productivity benefits. Among those are:
  • Student interaction with other students and other cultures
  • Student interaction with technology as a component of the learning experience
  • Student access to programs not offered on their campus
  • Student interaction with expert guest speakers
  • Staff members access to professional development courses without the travel requirement
  • Staff members learn to apply technology as an educational tool

For information on the Region 4 Education Service Center's Getting Smart Virtually program, please contact the Region 4 Distance Learning Team.
Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in August of 2024
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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