Educational Technology

December 27, 2012

BOCES has plans to run virtual advanced placement courses

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:27 am

by Kelly Voll, The Citizen

Students in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES are one step closer to having better access to virtual Advanced Placement courses. A group of four area BOCES, including the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, are tentative grant recipients of $1.3 million to aid in forming infrastructure and curriculum for virtual AP courses. “This is a huge direction for schools,” said Bill Speck, superintendent of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. “(Virtual courses) are efficient, there’s cost savings, they can be enriching.” Many factors can make access to AP courses a challenge for students, such as a student’s schedule or the lack of certain courses at a student’s school. Another issue is the lack of reliable high-speed internet access in sections of Cayuga County; even if a student had access to a virtual AP course, the internet connection at home wouldn’t be fast enough or reliable enough to do the program effectively, Speck said.

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