|Technology has enabled us to become more mobile even while standing still—it allows us to connect with others easily in ways we couldn’t before. With this technology comes a new opportunity in education for teachers to reach students with mobility issues and for students to attend classes and pursue degrees at their own pace.|
Distance learning is hardly a new concept—for years many universities have offered correspondence courses. However, today’s distance learning isn’t just for college kids anymore. During the 2002-03 school year, almost one-third of public school districts in the U.S. had students enrolled in distance education courses. Among these schools, 76 percent were high schools, 15 percent were combined or ungraded schools, seven percent were middle or junior high schools and two percent were elementary schools.
Based on these statistics, it’s highly likely that your school’s students may have the chance to become distance learners, if they aren’t already. It’s also likely that your school is seeking ways to ensure that these students still gain the classroom community feel even if they aren’t in a physical classroom. We’ve compiled a few tips and ideas to help your school and your students get the most from distance education:
Just because students aren’t physically in the classroom doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on the camaraderie and interaction of the classroom setting. Give them the tools and support to feel like part of the community today.
“Fast Facts.” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a Part of the U.S. Department of Education. Web. 20 Apr. 2010.