May 21, 2012
The ESU Coordinating Council (ESUCC) through its participating Educational Service Units (ESU) has sponsored PowerMediaPlus for the past six years. The original sponsorship, PowerMediaPlus was purchased by Discovery Education and will eventually be phased out as a product
offering by Discovery Education in favor of their other products. Due to these changes, ESUCC and the ESU Instructional Materials affiliate group (IMat) conducted a review of media streaming products over the course of the fall and winter. On March 7, 2012, with a recommendation from the IMat affiliate group, ESUCC selected Learn360 as the successor product to replace PowerMediaPlus effective July 1, 2012.
On June 30, 2012, the Nebraska license agreement with PowerMediaPlus will expire. Under the terms of the agreement, at the expiration of the license, Nebraska ESUs and affiliated school districts are required to delete or destroy any and all copies of content from all storage
devices (servers, personal computers, mobile devices, DVDs, tape back-up, etc.) by every user except students who have permission to retain product developed as part of a course assignment. All ESU and school district staff members must comply with these terms as part of the user agreement. It is the responsibility of each ESU to notify their affiliated school districts.
The new service, Learn360, will be officially launched for Nebraska in the summer of 2012 and is being provided by the IMAT affiliate. ESUCC and IMat will work together to establish professional development opportunities. At this point, training sessions for ESU staff will occur over
the summer followed by training sessions for area schools as provided by their local ESU. We look forward to rolling out the new Learn360 tool for participating ESUs and their local school districts!