Distance Learning at LPS
Two of Irving Middle School’s science classes went on a virtual field trip to Morrill Hall through videoconferencing to learn how living things evolve. Read the full story.
On October 28, the Lincoln Public Schools hosted a workshop delivered in partnership with the Distance Learning Coordinators from ESUs around the state and the Nebraska Distance Learning Association (NDLA). Read more here.
What Does Distance Learning Mean?
Distance Learning can mean a lot of things, and can benefit students and teachers in many ways. Here are just a few.
- Extend the classroom—Through video conference equipment, it is our hope that we will offer a few courses to students in other districts across the state. It also means that if a course doesn’t have quite enough enrollment at one high school in our district, students from another high school can join the class remotely, along with the possibility of several students from other districts. Distance courses will keep the course selection at LPS varied and solid.
- Enrichment activities—With video conferencing equipment, it will be easier than ever to bring experts into the classroom to enrich the learning experience for students.
- PLCs and meetings—Once videoconferencing is widely available, driving to remote locations to meet will be greatly reduced since you’ll be able to meet “face-to-face” with your laptop, built-in camera and microphone. Or if a group wants to connect, you’ll use a videoconferencing cart with the endpoint (codec) large HDTV, camera and microphones.
- Staff Development—Not only will we be able to offer training to remote locations, but this an all the above solutions can be recorded thanks to a new video center, which will allow recording for playback later or streaming in (almost) real time.