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The Advantages of Online Learning

The internet is starting to change the way we deliver our message to our students. As information brokers, we must find new media to reach them.

Online learning is becoming more popular to reach students to help increase their reading and comprehension of what they read. Many teachers get frustrated when they have to assign homework that students don't do, simply because they are unable to.

Using technology can enable teachers to teach individual students, rather than teaching the grade level. This is what Jon Bower, the CEO of Lexia Learning Systems, refers to when he says,

"Technology has a crucial role to play in our schools. Unfortunately, it has little to do with the integrated learning systems, Internet access and technology courses that are usually provided to our children. In fact, most independent studies of the effects of those additions during the last 10 years can't find any.

The best role of technology in our schools is to help our children's teachers and administrators do their jobs better. Teachers need measurement tools so that they know who needs to learn what. They need databases that track progress from the assessments in real time, not just at the end of the year.

When students work on skill development applications instead of workbooks, their teachers receive reports that highlight problem areas and track progress. The databases generate reports that highlight skill acquisition at the level that teachers teach, rather than in terms of grade level."

With the creation of Proposition 13 and other programs that limited funding to after school programs, schools have had to work overtime to serve the same population. Using computers and technology is one way to fight back against the shortages we face.

Next: Key Elements For Successful Online Instruction

 


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