Monday, February 25, 2008

Experimental online writing course is elementary

The online course has changed the way people attend college. It has begun to affect high schools. And now, it is being introduced to local elementary school students.

A group of students from Ballston Spa, Fort Ann and Newcomb is participating in an online course on persuasive writing, an experiment by the local BOCES that could lead to other Internet programs.

The 12-week pilot program, which ends this week, involves 15 students, a mix of fifth- and sixth-graders chosen because they were talented writers and had high scores on their state English exams.

Officials wanted to offer courses that had a broader focus on a subject, known as an enrichment course. So for the trial run, they chose persuasive writing because of the importance of writing skills.

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