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UT-Battelle’s Distance Learning Initiative Going the Distance

WHAT:
Demonstration of the distance learning initiative by UT-Battelle, Farragut High School and West High School. Media will observe an honors math class at Farragut High School taught by Mary Lin, which will be simulcast to students at West High School.

WHO:
ORNL Director Thom Mason; Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools; Stephanie Thompson, Principal at Farragut High School; Buzz Thomas, President of the Great Schools Partnership

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 a.m.

WHERE:
Farragut High School (11237 Kingston Pike)

ADDITIONAL:
Thanks to a generous $450,000 donation made by UT-Battelle from 2011-2013 to the Great Schools Partnership, distance learning in the Knox County Schools is going the distance.  The grant is being used to fund distance learning programs in science and math for high schools in Knox County.  Since the inception of the grant, 11 Knox County Schools have received distance learning technology.  The initiative emphasizes providing science, math and hard-to-staff subjects that are not physically available in all schools, but could be offered through the use of technology.  Courses can also be recorded and archived to help schools schedule classes and enable students to have access to teaching after school hours.