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Distance learning aids Moriah students

Moriah has two music teachers, Carr explained, who instruct vocal and instrumental students in grades K-12. They don't have time for anything else.

"Last year we had some very serious music students," she said. "We were able to arrange for them to take music appreciation and music theory classes through the distance learning program."

Classes are generally limited to 15-18 students total from all participating schools.

"Our (Moriah) teachers don't like to say no to anyone," Carr said. "It can be hard, but we try to accommodate everybody."

The Albany BOCES pays for the program. There is no cost to local taxpayers, Carr said.

Besides regular classes, the Moriah distance learning lab has been used for a summer middle schools language and math skills course, Regents exam review, five-hour pre-licensing drivers course, and teacher professional development.

Carr hopes to expand the lab's use even further, allowing training classes for local emergency personnel, showing lectures of interest to the public and more.

"Technology is becoming bigger and bigger in education and our lives," Carr said. "It's the way it's going to be; we might as well use it to our advantage."

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