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Nov 15, 2012 9:41 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Kids virtually visit Traveler's Rest

LOLO - It took the Lewis and Clark expedition about 18 months to reach Travelers' Rest on their way across Montana to the Pacific Ocean, but Thursday it took a matter of seconds for a couple of classrooms in Ohio and Alabama.

Montana State Parks teamed up with Inspired Classroom, a Missoula-based education technology company, to create a virtual classroom for 350 grade schoolers from around Montana and the United States.

The students learned about the Lewis and Clark expedition and Travelers' Rest State Park, which is a centuries-old Native American gathering ground.

Ken Soderberg, interpretive services chief for Montana State Parks, said the virtual classroom shared some of Traveler's Rest's rich history.

"And we'd like to explore ways that we can continue this partnership and keep bringing these kinds of experiences to schools across the country."

This is the first time Inspired Classroom has deployed its mobile-classroom-on-wheels,which is built on a trailer and capable of being hooked up to a generator or satellite uplink.

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