eREACH

The enhancing Rural Education through Assisting and Collaborating at a Higher Level (eREACH) Project builds on the existing statewide Internet network to provide interactive video-conferencing (IVC) capabilities to isolated rural schools. The main purposes of this IVC capability would be to provide instructional and behavioral support to high-needs students and their teachers through real-time 2-way connections with specialists at regional, state, or other district locations. The specialists would include special education, autism, occupational therapy, English language learning, and science, all high need areas for these isolated schools. 

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   The eREACH Project

The enhancing Rural Education through Assisting and Collaborating at a Higher Level (eREACH) Project builds on the existing statewide Internet network to provide interactive video-conferencing (IVC) capabilities to isolated rural schools. The IVC services would run off C20 hubs and use MOVI software, microphones and cameras installed on personal computers.  The main purposes of this IVC capability would be to provide instructional and behavioral support to high-needs students and their teachers through real-time 2-way connections with specialists at regional, state, or other district locations. The specialists would include special education, autism, occupational therapy, English language learning, and science, all high need areas for these isolated schools. By using IVC to observe and communicate, specialists will be able to help remotely, thus working with more students and teachers each day and saving travel time. In addition, teachers would be able to access professional development on an individual basis from their home locations, saving the expense of travel, time away from school, and substitutes. The eREACH Project provides a vital service to improving education in these isolated rural schools in an easy-to-use and cost-effective format.

 

The Participating Schools/Districts:

Site Name

Hub/End User

School District

SEDC Regional Service Center

Hub

Iron SD

Utah Education Network

Hub

UEN

Sevier District Office/CUES

Hub

Sevier SD

Garfield District Office

Hub

Garfield SD

Kane District Office

Hub

Kane SD

Wayne District Office

Hub

Wayne SD

Millard District Office

Hub/End User

Millard District

Page Unified School District

Hub/End User

Page District

Tintic District Office

Hub/End User

Tintic District

Arizona participating schools

Desert View Elementary School

End User

Page District, AZ

Page Middle School

End User

Page District, AZ

SEDC participating schools

Fillmore Elementary School

End User

Millard District

Lake Powell School

End User

Kane District

Big Water Elementary School

End User

Kane District

Antimony Elementary School

End User

Garfield District

Escalante Valley Elementary School

End User

Iron District

LaVerkin Elementary School

End User

Washington District

CUES participating schools

Koosharem Elementary School

End User

Sevier District

Moroni Elementary School

End User

N. Sanpete District

Oscarson Elementary School

End User

Piute District

Hanksville Elementary School

End User

Wayne District

West Desert Elementary

End User

Tintic District

West Desert High School

End User

Tintic District

Callao School

End User

Tintic District

Eureka Elementary

End User

Tintic District

 

 

Major Benefits of the eREACH Project

The eREACH project offers a variety of benefits, as follows.

> Specialists use more of their time in direct service.

By being able to work from their offices via computer and MOVI software, specialists spend more time meeting with students, teachers and paraprofessionals, rather than driving. Services can take place more often and with much better quality audio and visual presentation. Thus their skills are being used for their primary purpose, improving education for the students.

> High-needs students and teachers receive more support.

IVC connects students and teachers to the support they need much more easily and effectively than other methods. Students, paras and teachers can see and hear the specialists more clearly; with speech issues, this is especially vital. They can work with specialists in their own district, other districts, state offices and outside the state from their own computers. Many more resources are available to them in an easy-to-use, high quality format.

> Districts spend less money on travel-related expenses.

Teachers and administrators will be able to attend meetings, consultations, and professional development activities from their home locations. Much less travel will be necessary so the district will save money on mileage, per diems and substitute staff. Much less time is lost from their "real" work.

> MOVI uses existing technology.

The MOVI software can be installed on existing computers and used over the well established UEN network, once the C20 hubs are installed. This system requires relatively little new equipment and provides greatly expanded service to the participating schools.

The addition of C20 hubs and MOVI software to the network in these school districts will make support services for students and teachers more readily available and more frequent. This will improve the education outcomes of high-needs students as well as the instruction of their teachers. The proposed project is relatively inexpensive since it can use existing infrastructure and computers as a basis for the new services.


 

 

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