Ascension Parish Schools take distance learning to a new level

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POSTED: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 3:52pm

Ascension Parish Schools are taking learning to another level. It's called Edgenuity, and it's designed to give more options to students of all learning styles and keep them on track.

Monday's Kristen Fussell's first day at APPLe Digital Academy. She transferred here after being expelled from her home-base school.

"I think that it's a really good learning experience because it's a lot easier. There's not a lot of drama. There aren't as many kids, and you can learn better," Kristen said. "I feel better about it because I'm not getting picked on. I'm not being bullied, and it's a really good thing. It's a good feeling."

The same goes Rendell Reid.

"There's not somebody over you telling you that you need to get this in on this day," Rendell said. "You have to go home and work. You can't stay on pace if you just work at school."

Kristen and Rendell, along with other students in their parish, are using a different type of technology. So they can still get a solid education without the distractions.

"The program itself monitors the work that they do, and as they're working it shows them pacing and progress, so a student can self assess, but each student can also see that they are in the driver's seat and that they are controlling their education," Lisa Bacala, Supervisor of Secondary Education for Ascension Parish School Board.

If students are on the verge of dropping out, expulsion, or facing any other obstacles, they can continue getting the education they need to stay on track.

Briana Daigle goes to East Ascension High, and she said Edgenuity teaches her responsibility and independence to prepare her for the real world.

"When they put me in it here, I played around too, but then now, I have to do what I have to do to graduate," Briana said. "It's not like sitting in a class and having a teacher talk to so many students. It's like one-on-one, like me and you, we're one-on-one. It's me and the teacher. I find that it helps me better that way."

"So they can learn, and they can monitor that they are in control of their learning, and that in the future, this can be applied to work situations, to college situations, or any other situation in the future," Bacala said. "It shows them they're in control of themselves."

This is Ascension's third year using Edgenuity, and Bacala said they plan on expanding to even more schools in their district in the future.

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They chose students that they knew would have only good things to say. They don't tell how the principal talks to and handles the students. Grabbing them by their shirts, slamming them down, cursing them out and treating them like prisoners. They're children not animals! The so-called teachers that they have here are not helpful at all. Someone needs to do something about this boot legged school because it is a very uncomfortable place to be!

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