Online Learning Scenario

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." (Alan Kay)

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Tomorrow, a colleague and I are sharing a presentation on virtual learning. Part of the fun of preparing for a presentation at the end of the day is the ideas that come bubbling up. As we were picking through the images for the presentation, the one at the top of this blog entry popped up.

To match the picture, I wrote this short vignette to describe the picture. How would you have written it or improved it to reflect the realities of virtual learning you would have wanted to see in your district?

"Estrella mía, terminaste tu tarea? Did you finish your homework?"
"Yes, Mom," replied Estrella as she clicked on the POST button, sending her slideshow in via the Moodle. She checked her graded assignments and excitedly told her mom, "Mom, mira, I made a 95% on my math assignment from last night!"
She couldn't wait to share the news with her Campus Coach at Gonzago HS, Ms. Kilkenny. At the end of the grading cycle, she would have earned 3 dual college credits, all online.
"I'm so proud of you, mija!" her mom said to her as she leaned in to see the score on the school laptop. This summer, she couldn't wait to take Driver's Ed online.
I had fun writing the vignette, and even more fun asking one of the secretaries to read it aloud into Audacity. When you reflect on the power of blended learning to enhance learning, it's boggles the mind that more school districts aren't embracing it. Of course, there are costs associated that become obvious only when you start down the road. Still....
Online learning has definite advantages over face-to-face instruction when it comes to teaching and learning, according to a new meta-analysis released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The study found that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. Further, those who took “blended” courses — those that combine elements of online learning and face-to-face instruction — appeared to do best of all. (Source)

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Rachel said…
Great post. I found a great non-profit that has been helping
disadvantaged school districts and has had many success stories
improving student achievement in Math, SAT and ACT including Collier County, FL and St. Landry Parish, LA. Their site is CyberLearning also offers Technology courses that many schools could find useful.

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