Educational Technology

August 23, 2011

Technology expands school offerings

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:01 am

By KRISTEN CATES, Great Falls Tribune

Desks, chairs and chalkboards are slowly giving way to computers, forums and podcasts in Montana’s schools. As technology has advanced, so have the opportunities for kids of all ages to start taking classes online. Leading the way is the Montana Digital Academy, a state-sponsored online program based on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. “It’s been all good,” said academy director Bob Currie. “It’s a lot of broadening and enhancement of programs.” Authorized by the Montana Legislature in 2009, the Montana Digital Academy began offering classes to high-school and now some middle-school students last fall, with the idea that they would have 1,500 students enrolled at the end of their first year. Currie said the academy ended up with 5,000 students from 175 schools across Montana accessing the online learning tool.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20110819/REPOSITORY/631

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