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Online Classes Spell Opportunity For Rural Schools

  • November 04, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Tegan Hanlon

Alaska Dispatch News

Article excerpt

How a rural Alaska school district with shrinking enrollment kept its class offerings up -- online

Tim Shumway teaches high school classes from the second floor of his Anchorage home, where he has three computer screens set up on his desk so he can talk to his students, who sit in three separate classrooms, all more than 100 miles away.

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Delivering Education Electronically to Serve Diverse Needs

Online classrooms offer opportunity, especially for students in remote and rural areas. In Alaska, online options are being used to ensure that students in classes with declining enrollment still have access to the education they need. Digital classes offer opportunities to better serve various underserved populations. Are there groups within your school district or community that could potentially benefit from this type of ed tech outreach?

Will “snow days” go the way of horses and buggies? Some are already considering how technology could help keep school in session during snow and other weather-related events. Many school districts, like this one, are considering creative ways to leverage technology to serve a range of student needs. Whether you have students in remote areas, students with special needs, or students who simply prefer the flexibility of learning in a digital environment, today’s ed tech means that there are no longer one-size-fits-all solutions.