Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Long-Distance Learning 3 Firms Help Boost Program's Technology
Soon, a student in Nassau County could take an advance course
not now available in the county's classrooms.
The student won't have to go out of county, and the school
system won't have to add the class. The student will simply turn
on a computer and join students in other counties for a lesson
in, say, third-year Latin, taught by a teacher in another
That's one of numerous scenarios officials with the North East
Florida Educational Consortium hope to make reality in the
coming years with its distance-learning program.
This week, some of the biggest names in computer technology
agreed to help with technological support.
The consortium was one of 14 organizations in the nation to win
the support from the Network Multimedia Connection program,
sponsored by Microsoft, Cisco and Intel.
"This is the reason I came here," said Claude King, the
consortium's distance-learning project coordinator.
King left the University of Florida to help set up the computer
network and infrastructure for the consortium, which consists of
small school districts from Nassau County to Levy County on the
Gulf of Mexico. Duval County is not part of the consortium
because of its size.
King envisions a day when students, teachers and administrators
will have instant access to each other and technology across the
King said the uses of the system include having online classes
in advance courses not readily available at some schools. …