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Old 01-17-2011, 11:42 PM
 
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In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers - NYTimes
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes FL and NH.
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Great for the virtual teacher. Not so much for the facilitator.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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hahahahaha!

So... voters vote in smaller class sizes, but not increases in a school district's budget for teachers. No one attends meetings where the virtual classes are discussed and now everyone's complaining?

Yep, sounds like 'typical' - parents vs educators to me.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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Thats the future. I've seen it. These virtual classrooms/e-learning are getting insanely advanced. Even better than real world classroom.

The teacher is replaced by audio/video lectures.

The course software has periodic tests embedded into the course to see if you are actually learning the material. If you are having a difficult time learning the material then the course slows down so you can learn the skills before you move on. How great is that?

The course has lots more picture/diagrams/videos to watch.

You can discuss the course in the course forum.

Some even have, "on-call" tutors that you can call using skype to ask for help.

Also the courses are self-paced. If you are a genius you can move faster than everyone else and if you need extra help the course slows down.

If you ask me the virtual classrooms ARE BETTER than real classrooms. Not for every subject but for a great deal of topics taught in school they are absolutely better.

The whole idea that the teacher based classroom is better than the virtual classroom is far from the truth.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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To be honest, I don't think most students are self motivated enough for this to work. There are times when I really feel like I'm pushing my students just to stay on track and we won't cover all of the material. I don't think most students will push themselves when things get hard.

The one thing I like about it is that kids can't move on until they master content. It would be impossible for me to teach on 12 different levels with some kids repeating content while others zoom ahead. I think this is a grea option for both students who need more time to learn the content, provided more time is actually given, and students who want to move ahead of the rest of the pack. I don't see it working for the average student.
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