Alabama Distance Learning Rolls Out Statewide for 2009-2010

Dave Nagel, THE Journal, Jul 14, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There seems to be several pockets of momentum in the U.S. high schools regarding e-learning. A southern state appears poised to take it to the next level. "Alabama is aiming for a first. All high schools in the state will have distance learning programs beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, including videoconferencing and Web-based learning tools" Funding is being provided to create "ACCESS labs, which provide "online and interactive video conferencing technology to link classrooms and offer coursework, including Advanced Placement and languages, to students in schools where those courses may not be available," as well beefing up the state's series of tubes to 10 MB of Internet bandwidth. -BD
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