If you’re considering teaching online, or if you’re a homeschooling parent and want your kids to learn online at home, you may need to do a little research. You may need to think about what’s out there and the various hybrid courses and technology issues surrounding the world of internet courses and online teaching.
There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal the other day about why there never had to be any bad weather days preventing school. When the bad weather was so bad that the school buses couldn’t run or the snowstorm made it impossible to get to school, every student could study at home on their own computer. The article contained some persuasive arguments, and I found similar points of contention in a book on the subject.
In fact, right now I would like to make every effort to recommend this book to you, and it is a book that I have from my personal library. The name of this book is; “Teaching Online – A Practical Guide” (College Teaching Series – Second Edition) by Susan Ho and Steve Rossen, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA, (2004), 339 pages, ISBN: 0-618-29848-7.
It gives a great overview of online education and what it is all about, and while written from the perspective of the institutional educator, it certainly helps parents understand what they are dealing with when they find the courses, online curriculum and Choosing information Children read and learn. Teaching in an online classroom isn’t easy, but those who have the skills and talent to pull it off are the most desirable and sought-after instructors.
Why not pick up a copy of this book so you can familiarize yourself with the low tech and high tech solutions used in Internet education? You can also find discussion forums where you can interact with teachers and learn how they use whiteboards, chat, and instant messaging to make the online classroom feel like home. Why not learn what teachers go through when they put together their training programs and how they prepare for their students?
It seems to me as a parent that I want to know how the online teaching system works, what kind of software and hardware works best and how the teachers will interact with my children. You need to know these things in advance, it’s very important, and that’s why I recommend this book to you. Indeed, I hope that you will please consider and reflect on all of this.
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