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DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW
Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville, and Whitehall have joined the Distance Learning program and are participating in DL classes for the 2016-2017 school year. These districts have implemented new Distance Learning classrooms this past summer in preparation for a full schedule of new DL classes. See DL Network Map.

In addition, Beekmantown, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Saranac Lake and Voorheesville began Distance Learning programs in the Fall 2016 semester as part of the Expanded DL Service. Other schools that joined Expanded DL for the first time in the fall were Hoosic Valley and Schalmont. See Expanded DL Network Map.

67 Districts and BOCES across Eastern New York State are participating in the Distance Learning and videoconferencing programs for the 2016-2017 school year.

NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT OFFERED FOR DISTANCE LEARNING INSTRUCTORS AND TAs



Distance Learning Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Teachers Aides are invited to participate in the Distance Learning Practitioner's Meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21st from 12:30 - 2:30 P.M. at Cohoes High School.

For information about the Distance Learning Practitioner's Meeting please see the flyer.

Distance Learning Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Teachers Aides are invited to a Face-to-Face Professional Development event which is a follow-up to the meeting of DL practitioners in January.

For information about this program and others please see
Professional Development Opportunities.

NEW NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE TO DL INSTRUCTORS



A group of Distance Learning administrators, instructors, and TAs have developed a monthly newsletter focused specifically on topics for DL instructors and TAs.

The newsletter is designed to provide a space for DL instructors to inform, advise, and assist other DL teachers. It is a peer-to-peer resource and serves to cultivate our DL community.

The Winter 2015-2016 issue is available here.

The Fall 2015 issue is available here.

The May 2015 issue is available here.

The February 2015 issue is available here.

Please click here to view the inaugural version of the Distance Learning Newsletter.



 

DL EXPANDS DISTRICT BORDERS WITH NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEARLY 200 STUDENTS

A new partnership between NERIC's eLearning Service, Questar III and Coxsackie-Athens School District is helping support the district's mission of “Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Possibilities.”

"The distance learning program at Coxsackie-Athens has provided students here and in the region with tremendous opportunities that they may have otherwise not had access to," explained Carly Mead, technology integration specialist for the school. "Our students have options to enroll in cutting-edge courses in technology, foreign language, business and American Sign Language, all of which support the 21st century skills which are essential to college- and career-readiness."



In the distance learning classroom, Coxsackie-Athens students connect with instructors and students from such districts as Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Brushton-Moira and Taconic Hills, a district also new to distance learning as of this fall. During a French III class with Taconic Hills, the students interacted through video screens, asking and answering questions in French while the teacher observed. “I think it’s interesting that the class is taught this way,” shared a student. “I can find all my assignments on the Internet. We even have a special app on our phones that allows students to communicate with each other. It’s like Facebook, but for school!”


In certain classes, the use of laptops has made distance learning a virtually paperless experience for the students. When materials are involved, a teaching assistant located in the classroom aids students in placing their assignments on a document camera for the teacher to see and verify. Later the assistant scans the documents and sends them electronically to the instructor.



"The program here at Coxsackie-Athens has been a collective effort between teachers, administrators, representatives at NERIC and our professional partners at districts from all across New York state," added Mead. "We are very pleased with the feedback we have been


receiving from students about the programmDistance Learning studentsing that is being offered this year and we are excited about how our distance learning program will continue to enrich the lives of students in the years to come."
     
 
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