ITV Classes Give More Opportunities to Students​

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Many enjoy living in North Dakota's vast rural areas for the peace and quiet.

In the past, that could come at the expense of some childrens' education, as rural schools often have fewer resources.

That's changing, with the help of some technology.

They're called Interactive Television (ITV) Classes and they can be used to teach a psychology class to students in Linton from New Salem.

By using one teacher to teach a class at several high schools at a time, rural schools are providing their students with more opportunities to take more classes.

"It shouldn't matter if you're in New Salem or New York, students should have the same ability and the same access to succeed," said Ryan Taylor, USDA Rural Development.

Grants totalling $740,000 will be distributed across 75 public schools and 11 colleges in order to help rural schools across the state get similar infrastructure to the New Salem Holsteins.

"We're limited with the amount of room we have and with the teachers we have, so ITV really broadens our academic area for all of our students, so it's a great thing to have," said Libby Bateman, New Salem senior.

"The first couple of years it was kind of difficult getting used to because you're seeing your teacher on screen, it's kind of awkward looking at, but after a while it just becomes an everyday thing, just like having him right in the classroom with you," said Dylan Austin, New Salem senior.

This system will help high school students financially, as it makes it makes the courses needed to qualify for the North Dakota State Scholarship more easily accessible.

The North Dakota University System will contribute more than a $500,000 toward these grants.

The state Educational Technology Council is putting up about $250,000.

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