Monday, January 9, 2012

9 High Schools Watch State of the State via Idaho Education Network

Nine high schools in Idaho got to watch the State of the State live over the Idaho Education Network (IEN).

The Idaho Education Network is a high-speed, broadband intranet that connects every Idaho high school with each other and with Idaho’s colleges and universities. Through the Idaho Education Network, students can take advanced courses and go on virtual field trips. Today, they got to watch the State of the State Address live.

The high schools were:
  • Bonneville High School
  • Buhl High School
  • Fruitland High School
  • Kellogg High School
  • Richfield High School
  • Rigby High School
  • St. Maries High School
  • West Side High School
  • Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind
St. Maries High School was featured in the address. St. Maries has been exemplary in their use of technology and distance learning to improve student achievement. 

“St. Maries High School shares the Governor’s enthusiasm for the opportunities that are provided for students throughout the State of Idaho.  Although the Idaho Education Network is a valuable tool for Idaho schools, its strength lies in the ability to connect rural and remote campuses to other high schools and institutions of higher education,” said John Cordell, principal of St. Maries High School.  “Students Come First was truly the overall feeling in our building, as St. Maries High School was mentioned by the Governor.” 

All 194 Idaho high schools are now connected to the IEN—almost a year ahead of schedule and 16 percent under budget.

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