Distance education

Check us out on:twitterYouTube
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:

  • Hold virtual office hours by instant messaging via your school’s online learning platform, or use technology like Skype™ or AIM™ to ensure that you are available to students and parents virtually.
  • Require unique contributions to forums or discussion boards. By forcing students to respond, they will be motivated to respond quickly and to further review materials.
  • Use role playing. Assign students a role applicable to the area of study, such as a political figure or a historical person, and have them field and respond to questions from one another.
  • Encourage the use of e-folios to share student work with one another or to prepare student work for virtual parent-teacher conferences.
  • When using video conferencing, make all mailed handouts color- coded to easily refer to materials throughout class. Encourage the use of color coding with tabs like this handy book.
  • When video conferencing, consider the use of special background materials that will increase visibility or reduce background distraction, such as a tabletop display.
  • Provide students with a photo and a brief background about yourself and a welcome to class gift, like pencils or apple-shaped stress balls prior to the class’s start date. Encourage them to post their own introductions online, too.
  • Once students complete an online course, stay connected with students and parents through direct mail or e-mail marketing opportunities in order to promote upcoming courses. Entice them and keep your programs top of mind with branded items like Post-it Notes or a Drawstring Tote.

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.


Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Cancer From the Sun Month
Child Vision Awareness Months
Effective Communications Month
Dairy Alternative Month
Effective Communication Month
Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Great Outdoors Month
Dairy Month
Perennial Gardening Month
Turkey Lovers Month
National Accordion Awareness Month
National Bathroom Reading Month
National Candy Month
National Ice Tea Month
National Safety Month
National Smile Month
National Soul Food Month
Potty Training Awareness Month
Professional Wellness Month
Rebuild Your Life Month
Student Safety Month
Vision Research Month
Women’s Golf Month

International Clothesline Week: 5-12
National Headache Awareness Week: 6-12
National Automotive Service Professional Week: 7-13
National Sun Safety Week: 7-12
Superman Week: 10-13
Nursing Assistants Week: 10-17
National Flag Week: 13-19
Men’s Health Week: 14-20
Universal Father’s Week: 14-20
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week: 20-26
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: 20-27
Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 25-28
1: National Go Barefoot Day
2 : Leave the Office Early Day
6: National Cancer Survivors Day
6: Children’s Awareness Memorial Day
7: Daniel Boone Day
8: Upsy Daisy Day
10: Ball Point Pen Day
11: Corn On The Cob Day
12-13: Raggedy Ann & Andy Day
14: Pause For The Pledge Day
14: Family History Day
15: Nature Photography Day
16: Fudge Day
17: Recess At Work Day
18: Work @ Home Father’s Day
19: Garfield The Cat Day
20: Family Awareness Day
20: Father’s Day
21: National Daylight Appreciation Day
21: Summer Solstice
23: Public Service Day
23: Let It Go Day
24: International Fairy Day
24: Celebrate the Senses Day
25: Take Your Dog To Work Day
28: Please Take My Children To Work Day
Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days (7/3 to 8/15)
Bereaved Parents Month
Bioterrorism/Disaster Education & Awareness Month
Blueberries Month
Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Dog Days
Family Reunion Month
Family Golf Month
Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
Herbal/Prescription Awareness Month
International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
Learn Arabic Month
National Baked Bean
National Bikini Month
National Black Family Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National “Doghouse Repairs” Month
National Grilling
National Home Inspector Appreciation Month
National Ice Cream Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Make a Difference to Children Month
National Purposeful Parenting Month
National Recreation and Parks
National Wheelchair Beautification Month
Roots & Branches Month
Skyscraper Month
Smart Irrigation Month
Social Wellness Month
Tour de France Month
Women’s Motorcycle Month

National Unassisted homebirth Week: 1-7
Freedom Week: 4-10
Be Nice to New Jersey Week: 4-10
Nude Recreation Week: 5-11
International Chicken Wing Week: 11-17
Sports Cliché Week: 11-17
National Farriers Week: 11-17
National Parenting Gifted Children Week 12-18
Rabbit Week: 15-21
National Ventriloquism Week: 16-19
Captive Nations Week: 18-24
National Independent Retailers Week: 18-24
Restless Leg Syndrome Education & Awareness Week: 18-25
1:  Canada Day
1:  Second Half of The Year Day
1:  U.S. Postage Stamp Day
1:  Zip Code Day
2:  I Forgot Day
2:  International Chicken Wing Day
3:  Compliment Your Mirror Day
3:  International Day of Cooperatives
3:  Stay Out Of The Sun Day
4:  Fourth of July or Independence Day
4:  Independence From Meat Day
4:  Indivisible Day
4:  International Drive Your Studebaker Day
6:  Earth at Aphelion
6:  Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
7:  Chocolate Day
7:  Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day
7:  Tell The Truth Day
8:  SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
9:  Martyrdom of The Bab
10:  Clerihew Day
10:  Don’t Step On A Bee Day
10:  Hop A Park Day
10:  Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day
11:  Bowdler’s Day
11:  World Population Day
12:  International Town Criers Day
13:  Embrace Your Geekness Day
13:  Gruntled Workers Day
15:  Gummi Worm Day
15:  Get to Know Your Customers Day
16:  Hot Dog Night
17: Wrong Way Corrigan Day
17: Yellow Pig Day
17: Cow Appreciation Day
17: National Hot Dog Day
17: Toss Away the ‘Could Haves’ and ‘Should Haves’ Day
17: Woodie Wagon Day
18: National Ice Cream Day
19: National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
19:National Hug Your Kid Day
20: National Lollipop Day
23: Gorgeous Grandma Day
23: Hot Enough For Ya Day
24: Cousins Day
24: National Drive-Thru Day
24: Tell an Old Joke Day
24: National Day of the Cowboy
25: Parents’ Day
25: Thread The Needle Day
26: Take Your Dog To Work Day
26: One Voice
27: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
27: Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
27: Walk on Stilts Day
28: National Milk Chocolate Day
29: Lasagna Day
29: National Chili Dog Day
29: Rain Day
30: Cheesecake Day
30: Father-In-Law Day
30: System Administrator Appreciation Day
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month
Children’s Vision & Learning Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month
Learn Japanese Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Inventor’s Month
National Win with Civility Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7
Exhibitor Appreciation Week: 6-10
National Fraud Awareness Week: 4-10
Psychic Week: 6-10
Don’t Wait! Celebrate!: 6-12
Sturgis Bike Rally: 6-12
Elvis Week: 11-19
Knights of Columbus Family Week: 11-18
National Resurrect Romance Week: 12-18
Thanks for All the Gifts Week: 12-18
Weird Contest Week: 13-17
National Aviation Week: 13-19
Little League Baseball World Series: 17-26
Be Kind to Humankind Week: 25-31
Daniel Boone Days: 8/31-9/2
1: Girlfriend’s Day
1: Lughnasa
1: Respect for Parents
1: Rounds Resounding Day
2: Hypnosis Day
2: Satchmo Day
3: Braham Pie Day
4: Coast Guard Day
4: National Chocolate Chip Day
4: National Mustard Day
4: Women’s Pro Football Day
5: National Gymnastics Day
5: Psychic Sunday
5: Sister’s Day
6: Friendship Day
6: Hiroshima Day
6: National Fresh Breath Day
7: National Night Out
7: Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
7: Professional Speakers Day
8: The Date to Create
8: Happiness Happens Day
8: Sneak Some Zucchini Onto your Neighbor’s Porch Night
8: National Underwear Day
9: Filipina-American Recognition Day
9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
9: Veep Day
10: National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
10: S’mores Day
10: 12: Kool-Aid Day
12: Eleanor Roosevelt Day
12: International Youth Day
12: Vinyl Record Day
12: Elvis Presley Commemoration Day
11: National Garage Sale Day
13: Herbert Hoover Day
13: International Left Hander’s Day
14: National Navajo Code Talkers Day
14: V-J Day
15: Best Friends Day
15: Chauvin Day
15: National Relaxation Day
15: World Day of Reiki
16: Joe Miller’s Joke Day
17: Meaning of “Is” Day
17: Men’s Grooming Day
17: Sandcastle Day
18: Bad Poetry Day
18: National Homeless Animals Day
18th-20: National Personal Chef’s Day
19: Aviation Day
19: “Black Cow” Root Beer Float Day
19: Sandcastle & Sculpture Day
22: Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
22: Be an Angel Day
23: Day for the Remembrance of the Slave trade & Its Abolition
23: Valentino Day
24: Vesuvius Day
24: National Waffle Day
25: Kiss and Make Up Day
25: National Second-hand Wardrobe Day
26: National Dog Day
26: Pony Express Day
26: Women’s Equality Day
27: “The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day
28: Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
28: Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
29: According to Hoyle Day
29: More Herbs, Less Salt Day
30: National Holistic Pet Day
30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
31: Love Litigating Lawyers Day