Go to Class (and check yor email too)

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Go to Class (and check yor email too)

  1. 1. (but check your e-mail too.) `
  2. 2. Menu <ul><li>Comparing Online to Traditional Homework </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging the Gap Between Online and On-Ground Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium Pursues Online Learning for Visually Impaired </li></ul>
  3. 3. Comparing Online Vs. Traditional Homework <ul><li>For most teachers, classrooms today do not resemble what they did when they were in school (and I am not just speaking of those in a higher tenure). </li></ul><ul><li>In my freshman year typing class, we learned on a typewriter. Now my eight-year old nephew has a computer he uses in his third grade classroom. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Comparing Online vs. Traditional Homework <ul><li>In a comparison (found on the following link: Comparison of Online Homework vs. Traditional Homework , a recent study of a fifth grade classroom, it was found that all 28 of the fifth graders in the class scored significantly higher when given computer feedback. Which begs the question, if a fifth grade student can score 60 percent higher on a test with the introduction of technology into the classroom, what is the problem? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bridging the Gap Between Online and On-Ground Teaching <ul><ul><li>Herein exists the question future teachers are presented with as they enter the work force (at least if they are given the option). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does one take the job offer at a high school that promotes traditional, old-school learning? Or accept the job offer to teach thru distance learning (however, thus cutting face-to face time with students)? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Bridging the Gap Between Online and on-Ground Teaching <ul><li>Ok, this study was conducted in Greece. However, it is still relevant (insert the argument about the American education system lagging behind the rest of the world here). Follow this link to get to the study: Greek Study . </li></ul><ul><li>The article can be summarized in one sentence. Classrooms should be a hybrid of online and face-to face situations. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bridging the Gap Between Online and On Ground Teaching <ul><li>To quote of the study directly, “[t]eachers should not spoon feed their students information.” (Bridging…Teaching 2) However, students today grow up with the attention span of a goldfish, so it would be ill advised to believe that every student is going to attentively pay attention in class. Students need balance. Hold lecture in class. Require note taking in class. On the flip side of that, require on-line homework. Post students grades online. Give students balance. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Consortium Pursues Online Learning for Visually Impaired <ul><li>Every person, young or old, should not be hindered by a disability such as their vision with the technology that exists today. Children learn that are blind learn to read in brail. When was the last time you found the average child reading a book? Most children today are either on the internet or parked in front of the Xbox. The least we can do for a child that is blind is develop a system that enables him of her to fully appreciate what can be learned from the internet. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Consortium pursues Online Learning for Visually Impaired <ul><li>Before reading this article, I had no idea what Moodle was. A group of private universities called CANnect used Moodle to test current online tools and how visually impaired students used them. </li></ul><ul><li>The group’s case study can be found by following the his link: Case study on visually impaired . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Consortium Pursues Online Learning for Visually impaired <ul><li>To quote a member of the CANnect group, “as pervasive as the internet has become, there is still one group of people that is still unable to realize many of its benefits.” (Consortium…impaired 1) </li></ul>
  11. 11. This is the End <ul><li>Technology is a gift. Classrooms have not always had access to the immense wealth of knowledge that can be found on the internet. Teachers should not waste that opportunity. If a classroom learns better via online homework, then by all means use it. If that same class is struggling with the online homework, than teach them. Technology is as much a part of the classroom today as a pencil and paper was twenty or thirty years ago. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny things compared to the things that lay within us.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson. </li></ul>

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