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Linking schools

Ryan Graff

The Carbondale-based Rural Schools Network received a grant for nearly $14,000 last week from Qwest. The money will go to linking the Rural Schools Network’s 14 schools through the Internet, said network CEO Frank Betts. Rural Schools Network hopes the link will allow teachers at any one of its schools to teach to any of its students though live and archival video feeds between the schools. Rural Schools Network member schools sometimes have limited staffs and resources, Betts said. The new technology will allow teachers within the network who specialize in science, for example, to teach live classes to students at other schools. The teacher will lecture through a video feed, and students will be able to ask questions in real time, he said. Beyond the one-time lecture, the video will be archived for later use, Betts said. “The technology really makes location transparent,” said Abel Chavez, Colorado markets director for Qwest, who presented the grant to Betts.The technology should be in place within six weeks, Betts said. Rural Schools Network will develop content over the summer. It will be delivered to schools in the fall. Carbondale Community School and Marble Charter School are members of Rural Schools Network.


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