To me the Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide, also known as ACCESS, is a great program! ACCESS is a distance learning program in which students and teacher can be in two different places and communicate through technology. Through this program students can take advanced diploma courses as well as numerous other courses not provided by other schools. Students are also offered advanced placement courses and remediation courses.
I believe that ACCESS can help students in great way by expanding their academic limits. This program will give students the chance to take any class they are interested in, even if it is not provided at their school. For example, my high school did not offer a German class. Through ACCESS students can now take German.
The Alabama Learning Exchange, ALEX, is another great learning tool used in the state of Alabama through technology. ALEX is a part of the ACCESS program. It allows teachers to borrow, store and share lessons plans. When teachers store their lessons plans, people can then critique theses lesson plans. When they find something that they dislike about a lesson plan, they must then write why they do not like it and how they could improve it. This could be very helpful in making sure that the students in Alabama schools are offered the best education possible.
This week I visited John R Sowash's blog at:
I read his post about his MACUL conference. I haven't been able to find much information about it however, the topics being discussed seem very interesting and I would like to follow up on this conference.