Accomodating students with learning
Learning Matters says: Hey guys — thanks for the comments so far.Try to spread the link around (if you have any time) so that hopefully more people can comment as well.
There are those, and a lot of people are in this category, who do not have the discipline necessary for the on-line environment and these are adults in graduate degree classes.When online learning emulates traditional schooling, where teachers download and distribute knowledge and information and when the learner’s primary purpose is to access knowledge and information, it is difficult to show significant effectiveness gains over traditional teaching and learning that is not mediated by digital technology.Online learning becomes when the purpose is knowledge collaboration and application in a wiki-like environment.When I read about the different advantages on-line learning has when it comes to money, obtaining funding, supporting lobbyists and politicians financially, it becomes clear that the move towards supporting on-line learning over a building and a teacher is all about moving the money around, supporting different aspects of “education” by the think tanks in an effort to change the direction of where the money goes to supply education as a commodity…shell game again.Moving the money towards those the powers that be Want the money to go to as opposed to supporting the traditional school boards, teacher unions, community supported school environments that currently exist.Many young people have been in situations that motivated them to drop out of school.
Time on the streets and without future employment opportunities helps them to see the need to finish school and could encourage them to move forward and obtain a trade.
Carr-Chellman, but I fail to understand how decades of publisher-controlled and poorly conceived textbook roll outs (at a cost of $50 or more per book) seems to be fine with her and others who think similarly, yet these same folks feel queasy about the millions potentially to be earned by online producers. It is often less expensive per pupil to do things virtually, although start up costs are likely higher, the annual or periodic updates or changes do not require the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars for a district.
And since charters are underfunded significantly across the country–we don’t all have generous donations from the various foundations–the inclusion of virtual materials is a huge cost savings.
The k-12 population should not be encoraged topursue on-line learning as an avenue for quality education.
There is much to be said about the sharing of ideas and the positive affects of learning to work together in groups in the traditional classroom…something that is difficult to achieve on-line.
It is fine that there are numerous folks in any aspect of life who are out to make the highest amount of money without honoring their obligations because they are a very small, though highly visible minority.