i-Pathways provides online & offline educational programs for US correctional facilities

FYI, Another non-profit that provides online & offline educational programs for US correctional facilities: (The below is copied from their site. I know nothing about them other than discovering their website yesterday.)

i–Pathways, a non-profit technology based High School Equivalency Test Preparation program, was developed in partnership between the Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University.

i-Pathways provides adult education programs, companies, correctional facilities, county jails, organizations, libraries, and students with standards based instructional content aligned to the HiSET™, GED®, and TASC.

Correctional Education

i-Pathways Correctional Education is offered at correctional facilities and county jails throughout the country. Using a secure network, students and teachers can connect to i-Pathways and use the robust and engaging curriculum. With hundreds of lessons, practice assessments, and student tracking, i-Pathways proves to be an accessible and valuable addition to the adult education classroom.

The i-Pathways Internet Connected Model is geared toward locations where you have an Internet connection and are able to securely connect with the i-Pathways data center.

How It Works

Your IT staff will configure their network to allow a connection from the classroom(s) to the Internet using the facility network. Once this is completed, your IT staff will work with the i-Pathways technical team to complete the connection to i-Pathways servers. The connection will require your IT staff to whitelist the i-Pathways IP address in order to enable access to your students.

Why Use the Internet Connected Model

With the Internet connected model you will have seamless access to the most updated content on the i-Pathways site. The i-Pathways Internet connected model is currently deployed in the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Howard County (Maryland) jail.

The Corrections Classroom Deployment model is based upon the same i-Pathways curriculum that we offer to non-corrections adult education programs and students. It is slightly modified for the corrections classroom, i.e. no link to the Internet for additional resources.

In addition to the curriculum, teachers have access to tools for classroom use such as:

  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Worksheets in Math and Writing
  • Extended Response Worksheets
  • User manuals

Looking for an Offline Education Solution

Understanding that many correctional facilities may struggle with Internet access, i-Pathways Oasis is an innovative solution that delivers all of the i-Pathways curricula, features and functionality to your computer lab environment on a single, unique device. Students can wirelessly connect to the device and access the i-Pathways system and curricula. Students can complete assessments, engage in all the instant feedback activities, and prepare for their High School Equivalency Exams. Teachers can track student progress and provide feedback.

i-Pathways is a partnership initiative which began in 2000 between the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University and the Illinois Community College Board.

Brian, thanks for iPathways article. We have had iPathways at Howard County jail for two years protected with a firewall. Works very well and students love it. No problem with security. The state of Maryland has a contract with IPathways so the jail takes advantage of lower prices. We are also using secure tablets with iPathways GED content and have purchased 2 RACHEL Plus to create additional education opportunities. Any info or suggestions feom others much appreciated.

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I do like the idea of the combination of the resources for a comprehensive approach for digital resources for student access - in and outside of the classroom. It is good to see that the digital resource base for corrections education is expanding - especially for offline.

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