Sunday, February 24, 2013

ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCES



Traditional learning has become a thing of the past, and the need for the ever-changing technology being used in the classroom is key. It has become a necessity to update our model for delivery of instruction; specifically, the need for technology to deliver full-length courses online or in hybrid formats

I have become a big fan of WebQuests as a technology to use in the classroom.  What a great way for our students to learn.  This is very interactive and in my opinion best practice.  WebQuests can be universal and used at any level of education this has been made even more clearly during this class.  Personally, I like using Weebly to create my WebQuests because of the user-friendly format.    I personally, would use Camtasia and Flip the classroom.  Flipping the classroom is turning the traditional instructional methods upside down and places the responsibility on the students.  During class time the teacher then becomes more of a guide or tutor having the students work independently or within collaborative groups. 

The creation and delivery of courses over the Web will be the driving force for educational change in the 21st century.   However, I do find this may be difficult to reproduce in all content areas and truly meet all students educational needs.  I have had many students take courses via Michigan Virtual High School and they have been successful for some students, but not fall all.   Students still require differentiated supports and this is an area we will need to continue to explore and develop as we make these opportunities to ALL students. 


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