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Virtual Classroom

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  • 1. The Virtual Classroom Does it narrow the digital divide? Jenn Bradstreet 3/3/8
  • 2. Players
    • The Doolittle family, Augusta, Georgia
    • 13-year-old Courtney
    • 13-year-old Nashatia
    • 8-year-old Savon
  • 3. Doolittle’s Position
    • Public schools don’t address the needs of their children.
    • Home schooling is costly and burdensome.
    • Mainstream education teaches too much to the “test.”
    • Virtual school allows students to work at their own pace and get greater attention.
  • 4. Georgia Virtual Academy
    • A hybrid of home school, public education and online learning.
    • In its first year of operation.
    • 1 st grade through 8 th grade; 2,650 students enrolled.
  • 5. Daily Lessons
    • A daily lesson plan must be accessed online by each pupil.
    • The lesson plan can consist of computer work assignments and book work.
    • Instruction is also given during assemblies.
    • The children are able to ask questions with a microphone, indicate they don't understand with the click of the mouse and receive live instruction through Web-based chats.
  • 6. Benefits of the Virtual Classroom
    • Lessons five days a week.
    • It’s portable; can be accessed by students that are ill or who travel with family.
    • A free computer is provided by state-charted schools.
    • Resources provided through the virtual program include a microscope, Petri dishes, counting blocks and everything they would find and need in a traditional classroom.
  • 7. Virtual Classroom Statistics According to the Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2007 Cyber Village Academy in St. Paul
    • 85 percent of the academy's pupils were proficient in reading, compared with 77 percent of pupils statewide.
    • In math, 70 percent were proficient, slightly better than the state's 69 percent average.
    • The school also had a higher attendance with 99 percent. The state as a whole had less than 95 percent.
  • 8. Criticism of Virtual Classrooms
    • “ My belief is that we've tried to shove the technology into the old school framework, and we've spent millions - I suppose billions - of dollars around the country over the last 20 years trying to supercharge the old system," Mr. Graba said. "Frankly, I don't think that you can get the real benefits of these technologies if you don't fundamentally change the structure of school and schooling."
  • 9. What to expect in the future?
    • Schooling in the future might resemble Boy Scouts of today - children of different ages working at their own pace with a variety of adults, said Tim Waters, the president and chief executive officer of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
  • 10. Thoughts?
    • How many of you have taken online classes?
    • Any success stories?
    • Criticisms of the virtual classroom?
    • In what ways could a virtual classroom narrow the digital divide?
  • 11. Cyber Learning Virtual School Expands Horizons
    • Greg Gelpi (2008, February 18). Cyber learning Virtual school expands horizons. The Augusta Chronicle,A.1.  Retrieved March 1, 2008, from ProQuest Newsstand database. (Document ID: 1431686461).