Rural school districts often share a particular challenge – to provide students a wider variety of subjects with minimal staff resources.
Howe Public Schools in rural southeast Oklahoma took on this challenge – virtually – by installing a Tandberg Educator videoconferencing system. According to Lance Ford, technology director at Howe Schools, this Internet-based videoconferencing system allowed both the Howe Elementary School and Howe High School to expand their curricula by building videoconferencing relationships with other school districts in the state.
Howe High School students can now take specialty classes in the Choctaw Indian language or in video production, which are taught remotely by instructors in another school district. In addition to expanding class offerings, Ford said, the videoconferencing system has been useful for taking students on virtual field trips, such as to the Indianapolis Zoo, where they can tune in to guest lectures and presentations, or to seminars at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, N.J.
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