From class-room education to smart class, the journey of teaching has been redefined in time.The rural education have been even given attention and priority to derive the best of teaching experience and shape the future of the country.
Here now enters telepresence, a high-definition, real-time interactive video technology system that allows students to take classes from teachers who aren’t physically in their school.For the first time it takes place in Mineral Point school
“It wasn’t really my first choice, but if that is how it had to work, it would for me,” he said. “I wasn’t too sure about learning basically from a TV screen.It’s not the same as sitting in a classroom, obviously. A lot more difficult taking the class through telepresence, partly because his school district uses a different line of textbooks, but he is able to talk to the Mineral Point teacher to get help. This just allows more flexibility for all of our students,” said Mineral Point principal Mitch Wainwright.
“The crux of the effort is to level the playing field (so) students going to rural schools have every opportunity afforded to them as do suburban and urban schools,” said Luke Francois, superintendent of the Mineral Point School District. “We are in our infancy and just getting started with what’s possible.”
While Haakon is the first to take a full-fledged class, other learning opportunities have been offered through telepresence. For example, students in a Spanish class taught by Jenny Wahlin are communicating with a class in Pachuca, Mexico, taught by Dianna Rogers, a former Mineral Point teacher, through a telepresence exchange.