Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Assignment #13

ALEX, The Alabama Learning Exchange, is a website designed for teachers, administrators, parents, and students, to have all of their needs met through this one resource. This website is produced by the Alabama Department of Education. Its goal is for teachers in Alabama to gain knowledge from other teachers that share their expertise on this website. ALEX provides information for teachers such as: lesson plans, web recourses, professional learning, podcasts, and more. This website is set up so that it is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for.

The homepage on ALEX has seven links to help you navigate around the website. They are courses of study, web resources, lesson plans, search, personal workplace, professional learning, podcast treasury, and ALEXville. Lesson plans are available for any subject, as well as, any grade K-12. Teachers, who have an account, are able to post lesson plans from any category that they chose on ALEX for other teachers to see and even use. Also, podcast are available for any grade or subject and there are tons of videos to chose from after you pick a subject. Teaching tools and tips for technology tools are available on the website as well.

I think ALEX is a teaching tool that teachers should use to their advantage in their classroom. The website is easy to access and has a search tab if you need help. I love the idea of a website where teachers are able to make lesson plans and podcasts and share their information with other teachers. Alabama Learning Exchange seems like a very useful tool to use while teaching.

Access Distance Learning is available to all Alabama public high school students and access to high quality instruction, quality learning opportunities, and greater equity for all Alabama high school students through technology in the 21st century. On the Access Distance Learning website, you will find courses taught on video from highly qualified teachers. The Access Distance Learning has many goals. Some include providing access to advanced diploma courses, providing access to additional course offerings, providing access to Advanced Placement and dual enrollment, providing access to remediation resources, providing teachers with multimedia and tools to enhance instruction, and others.

Access has many awards an accomplishments. Some are more than 100 teachers have been trained in e-learning course delivery, increased enrollment to over 9,000 per year in 174 high schools, awarded 70 grants to Alabama high schools to implement a 21st century distance learning classroom, increased the number of courses by 50 with 5 foreign language and 10 AP courses. So this leads us to the future of Access Distance Learning, which is to provide a 21st century distance learning classroom for every Alabama high school and to have the capacity to serve 45,000 enrollments.

Access started on November 1, 2004 and was planned by Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Distance Learning. The main goal of Access id to "provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning opportunities." Another gaol that Access has is to provide greater equity for all Alabama high school students through distance learning technology and to a wide range of courses that are unavailable to a lot of Alabama high school students today.

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