Distance learning

Eric Langhorst is a history teacher in Liberty, Missouri. He’s been specializing in ways of using the internet in order to aid in the teaching of history, and has posted conference notes about his research for the MidWest Education Technology conference here in St. Louis.

It’s a nice presentation, but it does demonstrate the growing importance of global broadband coverage. Our community is looking at wide-area wireless for the county, and all the public library system now provides free wireless, as does the downtown St. Louis area.

Lee at Black River News mentions the new Missouri Virtual School program, which lets kids take classes over the internet. This would be particularly valuable for rural areas, especially within school systems struggling with funding. It’s unfortunate that there’s no plan for providing the internet coverage into those areas more likely to benefit from such.

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