Blend Videoconference and Online Instruction: A Rural Solution to Accessing High School Core Courses
Brooks Steele, University of South Alabama, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Abstract: ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classroom, Educators, and Students Statewide), a statewide technology initiative, provides distance learning courses to students in grades nine through twelve, who do not have access to specific course opportunities. The initiative provides for infrastructure and online and videoconference facilitated courses. The initiative connects 113 existing videoconference labs and three professional development centers statewide. Providing approximately $100,000 to twenty-four pilot sites, the competitive grants allow participating schools to purchase tablet computers and videoconference equipment. This remote rural school district utilizes core foreign language courses to provide blended methods of instruction to students in a subject area lacking Highly Qualified teachers as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Access to the online only as well as blended online and videoconferencing Spanish foreign language courses, allows students, in two of the school district's five schools, to meet advanced diploma foreign language requirements.
Steele, B. (2006). Blend Videoconference and Online Instruction: A Rural Solution to Accessing High School Core Courses. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 877-879). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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