For Immediate Release
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School Principal, Dave Benson
Audio Enhancement Representative, Gary Evans
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DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN? THE REAL WINNERS WILL BE THE STUDENTS AT PALM BEACH COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Presidential Debate “Taxes the Limits” of Software at Florida Middle School
Boca Raton, FL— Students at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida, have an unusual opportunity to participate in the political process—by staying away from class—but not from their classroom lessons. Just across the street from their Palm Beach County school, the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee, Governor Mitt Romney, will be held at Lynn University campus.
On Monday, October 22, while the two political parties make preparations for the evening debate, the Boca Raton middle school site will be closed to the students. However, this historic event won’t interfere with the students’ educations. Thanks to the capabilities of the new VIEWPath Classroom System from Audio Enhancement, the school’s staff will provide “virtual” lessons for their classes that day.
Teachers at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School are recording their regular lessons using the VIEWPath Classroom System. Students can view the curriculum online, on their home computers or laptops, as many times as they need. Questions that the 1,200 students may have about the material will be addressed in classes the following day, and the teachers will also take the opportunity to discuss the political and democratic process that our country is founded upon. For those without Internet access at home, the school is making their Media Center available before and after to view the lesson materials.
While providing students with the opportunity to access their lessons from home might cause stress for some, Dave Benson, Principal of Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, was enthusiastic about the whole situation. “What an incredible opportunity for our staff to maintain academic momentum with our children by creating virtual lessons utilizing Audio Enhancement’s VIEWPath Classroom System! The last Presidential Debate will displace our students for an entire school day…instead of the ‘old school’ standby of relocating to another campus (essentially a babysitting exercise); we have the luxury of providing real lessons with video of the teachers that will allow all children to continue with their educations!”
Regardless of the outcome of the debate, the students at Don Estridge will be the real winners. Using Audio Enhancement’s VIEWPath Classroom System, each of these middle school students will feel like a part of this historic event, without missing out on a regular school day’s education.
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Don Estridge High Tech Middle School is part of the Palm Beach County School District. Audio Enhancement is a nationally-recognized leader in classroom audio and video systems, based in Salt Lake City, UT. Information about the VIEWPath Classroom System can be found at www.VIEWPathClassroom.com or by calling 800.383.9362. Television interview from West Palm Beach’s CBS12 regarding the debate’s effects in Boca Raton and the school: http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2655.shtml