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Technology will play a key role in Kingsland Schools this fall

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board approved decisions in their meeting Monday, August 15 that will have technology playing a key role in the 2011-12 school year.

The board approved the purchase of VBrick technology software and server. "This is a one-time purchase totaling $31,000 which comes out of our capital fund budget," Superintendent John McDonald said. "This technology provides live capture of each teacher's desktop and a webcam records the teacher. Students will be able to review a class they missed or review lessons from anywhere they have an internet connection."

VBrick provides streaming video solutions to corporate, education, healthcare and government customers. VBrick's education video streaming platform supports a variety of e-learning applications, including broadcasting and recording lectures, TV distribution, streaming special events such as graduations, and digitizing VHS and DVD assets into on-demand instructional libraries.

"This is the same technology that is currently being used in many colleges," McDonald said. "We are endeavoring to take learning beyond the classroom."

The board also approved the purchase of seventy netbook computers for the "College in the Schools" program and the media center. "At a cost of $250 per netbook, this will cost the district nearly $18,000, all of which was budgeted in our capital fund budget," McDonald said.

The Kingsland High School has teamed up with Riverland Community College to provide the "College in the Schools" program. The partnership between colleges and local high schools give high schools an opportunity to strengthen their academic course offerings while providing high school juniors and seniors a jump start on earning college credit.

This was the first meeting where board members were using notebook computers provided by the district. "I would like to thank the board members for their use of technology," McDonald said. "Using netbooks in our meetings is an effort to model the use of technology and move to a paperless environment for our meetings."

In other action, Superintendent McDonald thanked Stacey Rath, CEO/COO of the Kingsland Athletic Booster Club, for their $18,930 contribution. The money will be used for student activities.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.

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