As reported by Homeroom, the official blog of the US Department of Education, some rural teachers are receiving web-based guidance through a large-scale distance coaching study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Department’s Institute for Education Sciences funds the study through a five-year grant.
Homeroom describes how the guidance works,
Inside a classroom at Chantry Elementary School in the small town of Malvern, Iowa, four 1st grade students are gathered around a table facing Becky Curtis. She is teaching them to read. It appears to be a traditional reading intervention class. However, they are not alone.
A state away in Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Patty Smith is observing the small group via WebEx software and a webcam on an open laptop sitting on a table behind the students. Occasionally Mrs. Smith speaks with Ms. Curtis through a small listening device. The technology is allowing Mrs. Smith to communicate, see and hear the students’ responses and their teacher’s instruction.