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CILC Announces New Executive Director, Janet Zanetis

July 25, 2013, INDIANAPOLIS- Janet Zanetis, M.Ed. was recently selected by the Board of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to serve as their Executive Director. Zanetis has spent the greater part of her career advocating for the adoption of interactive video technology in schools. This includes the last two years working as an Education Advocate for Cisco Systems in Australia. In that role she spent much of her time in schools and universities helping educators to successfully implement video technologies and resources into their teaching. Since Zanetis left the classroom in 2000, she has worked with CILC as a content provider at Vanderbilt University Virtual School and as a corporate partner while she was a global Education Market Manager at TANDBERG (now part of Cisco).

"Since the very first time I observed students using videoconferencing to participate in a virtual fieldtrip I have been passionate about the power of this medium in engaging our 'digital natives' in the classroom," Zanetis said. "CILC is an organization that I have been sharing with teachers around the world. I can't wait to be a part of this fabulous group beginning in August!"

CILC specializes in access to applications and the utilization of video conferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem-based learning projects, school-community partnerships and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs.

CILC Chief Executive Officer Ruth Blankenbaker said, "As I close out my years of service to CILC's mission, I could not be more pleased to pass on its leadership to the very capable and talented hands of Jan Zanetis."

CILC Board Chair, Dr. Pam Lloyd shared, "The CILC board of directors is very excited to have the passion and enthusiasm Jan Zanetis brings to our organization. We look forward to the next generation of CILC as Jan begins her leadership role as Executive Director for CILC."

Zanetis has 25 years experience as an educator, trainer, distance learning director, consultant, communicator, and strategist. She has co-authored two books on the use of Interactive Videoconferencing in K12 classrooms. Zanetis has published research notes, journal articles and whitepapers covering many aspects of eLearning technologies and their applications. She has keynoted or presented at dozens of national and international education conferences. She has served on the Board of Directors of the US Distance Learning Association, is former vice-president of the Tennessee Distance Learning Association, and is president emeritus of the ISTE special interest group, SIG-IVC. Most recently Zanetis was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She holds an M.Ed.in Education and a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education.

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994 as a not-for-profit, specializes in the access to applications and the utilization of video conferencing for live interactive content and professional development as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in video conferencing, integration, problem-based learning projects, school-community partnerships, and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs. Visit www.cilc.org to explore the various providers of content and diversity of programs and trainings available.

See also Ruth Blankenbaker: A Message to All My Colleagues and Friends

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