For more than 20 years, the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) has created and distributed professional learning products through its Florida Education Channel (FEC). Built with funding through the Florida Legislature, the channel originally consisted of a series microwave towers beaming professional development programming to schools across the consortium. Later, as technology advanced, the delivery platform switched to satellite technology which allowed for state and national distribution of professional learning products over the Dish Network.
In 2012, FEC moved its broadcast to the internet to take advantage of a more cost effective and broader distribution platform and to exploit new and emerging technologies that would allow for viewers to watch the channel on their computer.
Today, FEC can be viewed at www.fec.tv and over ROKU, a consumer product designed to deliver free and paid television over the internet and houses over 700 channels including entertainment, sports, news, as well as educational programming.
The FEC has been recognized with major national awards for the quality production of educational documentaries and professional development programming. Awards such as Telly, Aurora, Pixie, and Communicator have been earned in recent years.
Award winning television production and programming are only a part of the function of the FEC. Its technology resources are used routinely to disseminate important events, meetings, and training to live audiences through web streaming. This service allows for broad, interactive participation by allowing attendees to watch a live event from the comfort of their home, office, or school and to actively participate in meetings without the high cost associated with travel.
To accommodate the shift in technology, the Florida Education Channel reorganized and redefined its mission and began building an information portal. The Portal for Educator Readiness and Certification Standards or PERCS addresses the growing demand from teachers and administrators to adapt new technologies into professional learning and tethers the training programs to modern devices such as tablets and smart phones. This new initiative is part of the rich history and tradition of the Florida Education Channel to continuously seek avenues that deliver professional learning and educational programming to educators, students, and parents, when, where, and how they want it.
Our Mission: "The Florida Education Channel, through its educational service center, the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, is dedicated to improving student and educator performance by producing relevant, timely and engaging programs that compliment educational professional development delivered through distance learning.