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Transcript of Distance Learning
Special Education teachers and School Counselors are always looking for ways to best serve students in their school and classroom. Demand, approval, and prevalence of distance education and virtual schools are an option that is likely to grow as our world seems to get busier, more and more mobile, and more dependent on digital technology.
What is Distance Learning?
Uses technology rather than in person teaching. Very small schools can use distance education technology in order to offer courses otherwise unavailable. Virtual courses can also solve the problem of scheduling conflicts. Attracting and retaining “Highly Qualified” teachers is frequently a significant problem for small schools. Distance education courses can ease that burden. Online learning is often self-paced which is also a benefit to active and involved junior high and high school students (Saba, 2013).
(Connections Academy News, 2009)
Teachers involved in distance education must monitor and keep pace with online students. Virtual teaching requires answering questions, interaction with the class, not merely monitoring, offering enrichment activities, providing feedback, keeping pace with students, providing opportunities for class discussion, relating content to daily life, teaching, watching for struggling students, and providing reteaching.
(Online Teaching Tips, 2009)
Online learning can provide interaction between instructor and students. Also students can interact with classmates.
(Basehor-Linwood Virtual School Full, 2016)
(Online Teaching Tips, 2009)
Distance learning has and will continue to change and evolve as technology continues to change and evolve. Virtual public schools for K-12 had been established, funded, or licensed in only 14 states by the year 2000. Students in fifty-five percent of American public school districts were involved in some form of distance learning by the 2009-2010 school year. Most of those students were at the high school level, and the overall enrollment of most participating schools was 100 students or less (Saba, 2013).
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