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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow ESD OFFERS NEW CLASSES VIA INTERNET


ISLAND CITY — The Union-Baker Education Service District is adding 200 classes without hiring new teachers or increasing classroom and parking space.

The ESD is offering 200 Microsoft program classes 24-hours a day over the Internet. The classes are being provided in conjunction with the How To Master online company of Florida.

All of the courses offered cover Microsoft computer programs. Courses on Microsoft Windows 2000, digital imaging, time management, business writing, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP and many more are offered.

Many of the classes are offered in clusters that build on each other. Students receive instruction via audio narration, video clips, animation and graphics and more.

"This gives students a chance to be on the cutting edge of e-learning,'' said Deb Chandler of the Union-Baker ESD.

Chandler is the administrator of the new ESD program.

Students will have 90 days to complete each class. Depending on the course, students will be on the computer an average of six to 26 hours per class.

When students leave the computer while taking a course, the place they were at will be automatically book- marked. This will allow them to return to the place they left off.

Students will also take tests via the Internet. The tests will be graded immediately and students will find out their score.

Students can log on to their courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To register for any of the classes, go online to classes.howtomaster.com.

"It is so self-explanatory. In a busy world people want to learn and will learn in the comfort of their own home,'' Chandler said.

The entire program takes about an hour to download on slow computers with 26K memory capacity. It takes much less time to download the courses on faster equipment.

Students taking the courses will have access to the ESD's computer lab in Island City if arrangements are made.

For information on the program call Chandler at 963-0920.

— Dick Mason

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