Region 11 Education Service Center is excited to announce a new program called REATA Robots. This program will utilize VGo Robots, an innovative solution that allows students to attend classes via interactive video conferencing while recovering from long-term illness, injury, or other factors requiring the student to be homebound or not able to be present in the classroom.
From home or the hospital and using a computer and mouse, the student is able to “drive” the robot to school assemblies as well as to each of his classes. In class, the student will be able to actively participate in lessons, discussions and group work. This allows the student to develop strong teacher and peer relationships, stay socially connected, boost morale providing tangible health benefits, and receive quality instruction without falling behind on coursework.
Reasons for VGo use include, but are not limited to:
- Homebound - illness, transplant, surgery, pregnancy
- In school suspension
- Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP)
District BenefitsDistricts benefit from this service by reducing homebound teacher/tutor costs, receiving potential ADA income in some instances with the use of waivers, and ensuring homebound students receive a quality education. An added benefit is increased community support and recognition for providing innovative technology solutions for students.
Examples of Students Using VGoRegion 11 schools REATA in actionPlease visit the VGo "Meet Students" page to see highlights of successful implementation of this program.
QualificationsThis program will be administered through Region 11 Videoconference Network (RETN). Reata Robots will be loaned to districts on a case-by-case basis. Region 11 ESC is beginning the program with a limited number of robots and will increase the number based on need in the region. Guidelines, District Requirements and a Request for Consideration form are located at the top of this page. There will be a rental fee of $150 per 30 days for the use of the robot for non RETN members.
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