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Jul112019

School Districts 1,2,3 Join eLearning Make-Up Day Program

Anderson County School Districts One, Two and Three will use eLearning days for school make-up days this school year. A total of 15 districts in the state will participate in the program, including Anderson County School District Five, one of the original five districts, Year One Districts, who participated in school year 2018-19. 

“We are very excited to be chosen as one of the year-two pilot schools," said Robbie Binnicker, Superintendent of Anderson School District One. "This will provide Anderson One some much needed options when inclement weather is in the forecast.  We have the technology to provide e-Learning opportunities to our students at home when the weather may prevent us from going to school.” 

In June there were a total of 23 districts that submitted applications to participate in the eLearning pilot program. District officials from Year One Districts reviewed and scored the applications, which did not contain the names of the applicants. 

The EOC will also work with SC ETV, the State Library, and the South Carolina Department of Education to provide resources and support to these districts.

"The goal of the project is to expand eLearning to more districts throughout the state," said Melanie Barton, Executive Director of the EOC. "Clearly, there is strong interest in our state for the initiative. Ensuring that districts have the technology, infrastructure and personnel is important; however, the critical factor is making online learning a central part of students' daily learning."

Barton noted that "what makes this program so special is that the idea for using online learning for school make-up days came from district leaders and is being sustained and expanded due to their work and initiative."   

The eLearning Day will be announced through local media and the district's website on such days, and students will be required to use their Chromebooks to access their electronic assignments through Google Classroom. Google allows teachers to provide lessons, resources and support for students remotely, while students are able to submit assignments through the program. Internet connectivity is not required, since the lessons are preloaded for this program as part of the regular lesson schedule.

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