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Omaha High Schools Implement eLearning Materials From Monterey Institute for Technology and Education's National Repository of Online Courses.

Omaha Public Schools Keeping Up With Needs of Tech-Savvy Students in Digital World

MONTEREY, Calif. -- The Omaha Public Schools (OPS) system is ramping up the online homework help and study materials available to the region's twenty thousand tech-savvy secondary students with content from the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The online course materials include audio, streaming video, and interactive presentations, aligned with approved online textbooks. Teachers and students can access the digital course content via the OPS website or the OPS-branded HippoCampus.org site, a public access website for NROC materials.

"Our goal is excellence and we strive to provide all our students with high quality online materials as we think about this increasingly digital world," says Rachel Wise, Ph.D., Director of Secondary Education for OPS. "The use of the new OPS-branded HippoCampus site is very exciting for us, providing an additional resource for our teachers and giving them the ability to create their own HippoCampus pages."

OPS first contracted with MITE for resources to support credit recovery programs and now is in the process of transitioning the learning objects in NROC to a broader repository of district curricula. OPS saw dramatic results from its online credit recovery program. Of the enrollments, 74% of students recovered credits with a passing grade while another 14% received "in progress" grades.

In addition to using HippoCampus and NROC in its own district, OPS has begun a pilot program for school districts within the State of Nebraska, allowing them to access NROC content through the OPS server during the 2007-08 school year. NROC is a library of 33 high quality online courses for students and faculty in higher education, high school, and Advanced Placement(c), suitable for advanced learners, credit recovery, home schooling, and general student use. The multimedia content includes lesson plans, simulations, and assessment tools for teachers; presentations and study guides in text or audiovisual formats for students.

"Resources like NROC and HippoCampus are expanding access to education for everyone and giving educators access to materials that may not have been available locally," says Gary Lopez, Ph.D., Executive Director of MITE. "Our content is flexible so teachers can pick and choose only the materials they wish to incorporate, tailoring the NROC material to their curricula and to the specific needs of their students."

NROC is an Open Educational Resource project of MITE supported by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) is an educational non-profit organization committed to helping meet society's need for access to effective, high-quality educational opportunities in an era of rapid economic, social, and personal change. The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2003. Learn more at: www.montereyinstitute.org.

Omaha Public Schools strives to prepare its 46,000 students for life in a world where understanding and appreciation of diversity are essential. The majority of OPS graduates continue on to college or technical schools and become valuable, contributing members of society. OPS belongs to the North Central Association and is one of the country's few major urban school districts to maintain state AA accreditation. OPS test scores exceed the national average for large school districts.
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