Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Long-Distance Learning 3 Firms Help Boost Program's Technology

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Long-Distance Learning 3 Firms Help Boost Program's Technology

Article excerpt

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

location.

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

state.

King said the uses of the system include having online classes

in advance courses not readily available at some schools. …

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