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The Newsletter of Southern Oregon Education Service District
January 2005

SOESD's Accelerated Learning Opportunities featured

High school classes shared on SOESD’s interactive video network are featured in a recent report from the Western Consortium for Accelerated Learning Opportunities (WCALO): Using Technology to Increase Access to Accelerated Learning Opportunities in Four States by Kathleen W. Marcel, December 2004. To download and view a .pdf of the report, visit www.wiche.edu/Policy/WCALO/documents/WENdocument_12.27.04_000.pdf. PDF files use Adobe Reader to view files, which is more than likely installed on your machine. If not, you may obtain the free software at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The study provides basic information for those interested in employing interactive video technology in their school: how it works, where it has been used effectively, and how it can be used to bring accelerated learning opportunities to all students, especially those who are low-income and who reside in remote areas.

The study begins with these observations by David Longanecker:

Accelerated learning opportunities, and dual enrollment programs, are designed to introduce high school students to a college curriculum that may allow them to earn college-level credit. Among the benefits of a challenging curriculum are increased academic preparation for college, fewer students enrolled in postsecondary remedial education, and a potential head start on earning college credit. Too often, however, low-income and minority students are not afforded the same opportunities to enroll and succeed in these programs as their middle- or high-income majority counter parts.

At SOESD we agree with the reports conclusion: … that interactive video is an increasingly popular distance learning technology that offers accelerated learning opportunities to low income and rural high school students who otherwise might not have access to accelerated learning programs. If you are interested in bringing accelerated learning opportunities to your students, please contact Jay Matheson, Supervisor, Technology and Media Services, by phone (541-776-8565) or email (jay_matheson@soesd .k12.or.us).




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