The Virtual Classroom Does it narrow the digital divide? Jenn Bradstreet 3/3/8
Players <ul><li>The Doolittle family, Augusta, Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>13-year-old Courtney </li></ul><ul><li>13-year-ol...
Doolittle’s Position <ul><li>Public schools don’t address the needs of their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Home schooling is...
Georgia Virtual Academy <ul><li>A hybrid of home school, public education and online learning. </li></ul><ul><li>In its fi...
Daily Lessons <ul><li>A daily lesson plan must be accessed online by each pupil. </li></ul><ul><li>The lesson plan can con...
Benefits of the Virtual Classroom  <ul><li>Lessons five days a week. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s portable; can be accessed by s...
Virtual Classroom Statistics According to the Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2007 Cyber Village Academy in St. Paul   <ul><...
Criticism of Virtual Classrooms <ul><li>“ My belief is that we've tried to shove the technology into the old school framew...
What to expect in the future? <ul><li>Schooling in the future might resemble Boy Scouts of today - children of different a...
Thoughts? <ul><li>How many of you have taken online classes? </li></ul><ul><li>Any success stories? </li></ul><ul><li>Crit...
Cyber Learning Virtual School Expands Horizons   <ul><li>Greg Gelpi (2008, February 18). Cyber learning Virtual school  ex...
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  1. 1. The Virtual Classroom Does it narrow the digital divide? Jenn Bradstreet 3/3/8
  2. 2. Players <ul><li>The Doolittle family, Augusta, Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>13-year-old Courtney </li></ul><ul><li>13-year-old Nashatia </li></ul><ul><li>8-year-old Savon </li></ul>
  3. 3. Doolittle’s Position <ul><li>Public schools don’t address the needs of their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Home schooling is costly and burdensome. </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream education teaches too much to the “test.” </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual school allows students to work at their own pace and get greater attention. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Georgia Virtual Academy <ul><li>A hybrid of home school, public education and online learning. </li></ul><ul><li>In its first year of operation. </li></ul><ul><li>1 st grade through 8 th grade; 2,650 students enrolled. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Daily Lessons <ul><li>A daily lesson plan must be accessed online by each pupil. </li></ul><ul><li>The lesson plan can consist of computer work assignments and book work. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction is also given during assemblies. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits of the Virtual Classroom <ul><li>Lessons five days a week. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s portable; can be accessed by students that are ill or who travel with family. </li></ul><ul><li>A free computer is provided by state-charted schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources provided through the virtual program include a microscope, Petri dishes, counting blocks and everything they would find and need in a traditional classroom. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Virtual Classroom Statistics According to the Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2007 Cyber Village Academy in St. Paul <ul><li>85 percent of the academy's pupils were proficient in reading, compared with 77 percent of pupils statewide. </li></ul><ul><li>In math, 70 percent were proficient, slightly better than the state's 69 percent average. </li></ul><ul><li>The school also had a higher attendance with 99 percent. The state as a whole had less than 95 percent. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Criticism of Virtual Classrooms <ul><li>“ 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,&quot; Mr. Graba said. &quot;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.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 9. What to expect in the future? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thoughts? <ul><li>How many of you have taken online classes? </li></ul><ul><li>Any success stories? </li></ul><ul><li>Criticisms of the virtual classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways could a virtual classroom narrow the digital divide? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cyber Learning Virtual School Expands Horizons <ul><li>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). </li></ul>

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