Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

District furthers technological education

June 5, 2002

Looking through classrooms in the Basehor-Linwood School District, it's easy to see the technological advances offered to students.

In almost every classroom, a teacher is linked to the Internet.

In every school, updated computers sit in labs with staff available to train students.

High school students have the option of taking classes on line.

The examples are many, but one thing remains clear, the school district has placed a clear-cut emphasis on technology.

And, by implementing a new program this fall, that emphasis will be reinforced even further.

By the beginning of the next school year, the school district will have implemented the Kansas Distance Learning Consortium (KDLC), a program coordinated through schools and colleges in Kansas and Nebraska.

The program will allow teachers and students to access information from schools in the program for research and class work.

For example, the University of Kansas is known to be one of the country's leading schools in special-education training.

The KDLC program will allow teachers in the Basehor-Linwood School District to access KU's program for teaching and training techniques concerning special education.

"It's a way of interacting with a broader education community," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.

It also allows the school district to offer courses through the Internet that might not be available at the time, he said.

The KDLC comes at no charge to the school district, it's federally funded and gives the school district a free system upgrade to be compatible for the program.

The program is coordinated through the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (SEKESC), located in Girard.

Cormack said the program is an example of the advantage technology offers students and educators.

"I think that's how technology ought to be used," he said. "If it doesn't help the kids, it's a waste of money."

Cormack, who sits on the board of directors for the KDLC, will be one of several school administrators recognized with a "Pulling for Kids" award during a ceremony Thursday, June 6, in Pittsburg.

The awards are given out by the SEKESC to recognize advisory committee members for exemplary service, said Carol Woolbright, distance learning coordinator for the SEKESC.

"His role has been very important," Woolbright said. "He's a valued leader for the distance learning (program) and works tirelessly for children in this state."

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