In summer 2014, Northwest educators working in juvenile and adult prisons formed a consortium to seek solutions for improving technology resources in difficult places. Frank Martin of the Oregon Youth Authority and Brian Walsh of Peninsula College, Port Angeles formed the consortium in response to the great challenges facing educators in secure facilities.
The Northwest Consortium for Open Resources in Special Circumstances will serve the community by:
1) Identifying open resources for use in education and social services
2) Connecting solution seekers with solution providers
3) Broadcasting widely successful implementations of technology in special circumstances
Educators in prisons, detention centers and secure camps often face tremendous challenges in integrating technology into their classrooms. But special circumstances can include any place where access to technology is limited – either due to budget, location or policies.