Area schools receive distance learning technology from USDA grant | News
As a new school year approaches, area school districts continue to implement new technology in their classrooms.
As a result of distance learning and telemedicine grants from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cameron University (CU) has installed remote learning technology in the classrooms of 28 area high schools . CU was selected as one of three Oklahoma institutions to receive grants from the competitive program this year.
High schools benefiting from the grant include Apache, Bray-Doyle, Cache, Carnegie, Cement, Central, Chattanooga, Comanche, Cyril, Elmore City-Pernell, Empire, Fletcher, Fredrick, Geronimo, Grandfield, Grandview, Indiahoma, Marlow , Rush. Springs, Ryan, Snyder, Sterling, Temple, Tipton, Velma-Alma, Verden, Walters, and Waurika.
CU helped supply these schools with the audio, video and broadband equipment needed to conduct concurrent distance college classes, so students enrolled in concurrent classes at the schools listed above can now choose to take courses select colleges without ever leaving their high school campus. .
CU-Duncan Principal Susan Camp said the new equipment will greatly benefit students from rural schools who want to take college courses concurrently at CU.
“The purpose of this is to be able to bring simultaneous enrollment to these rural schools. This designated facility will prevent concurrently enrolled students from having to deal with the cost and time of travel to the CU campus,” Camp said.
Distance learning classrooms can also be beneficial for certified and support staff on those high school campuses, Camp said.
“We intend for this equipment to be used not only by students, but also if there are certified teachers with degrees who are pursuing additional degrees … or paraprofessionals, often described as teaching aids, who are working toward a degree. .. we want to help deliver that through this team,” Camp said. “There are a number of ways this equipment will be useful to these institutions.”
Camp said a group of CU-Duncan faculty traveled to some of the new distance learning classrooms last week to get a perspective on what the distance class format will look like for students.
“We did a one-day visit so that the faculty could go into one of these classrooms in a small rural school and really see and feel what it’s like from the perspective of their students, and also to develop a relationship with the counselors , the directors. and superintendents of those schools,” Camp said. “These administrators are very supportive and excited about what this team means for their students.”
Camp encouraged those interested in concurrently enrolling with CU to visit https://www.cameron.edu/admissions/concurrently-enrolled-students for more information. High school students interested in enrolling should ask their school counselors for help.