The state launched a pilot program Friday that will allow Nebraska high school students to supplement their learning through online courses.
“This is the wave of the future and we need to be prepared,” Gov. Dave Heineman said at a news conference in Lincoln announcing the program for the 2011-12 school year.
He and leaders from the University of Nebraska, the state Education Department, the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council and NET signed an agreement establishing the Nebraska Virtual Partnership. Through that effort, the university will launch the pilot program, the Nebraska Virtual Scholars.
The program will be available for the upcoming school year for 50 high school students. School districts must apply to have their students participate. Applications will be taken starting Monday.
Students will be able to take courses not available at their high schools, such as language or advanced-placement classes.
Education Commissioner Roger Breed said it will be especially beneficial for students in rural schools that have just one math teacher or can’t find someone to teach Spanish, making for limited course offerings. It will also help students in urban areas who face barriers to education because online courses mean they can learn at their own pace and at a time convenient for them.
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