As interest in online education rages, these 17- and 18-year-old students at Newark, N.J.’s West Side High are guinea pigs in a global experiment to answer a key but surprisingly elusive question: whether and when it actually works.
A half-hour after they got their assignment, several of Katie Gregg's second-graders still were at their desks, headphones plugged into their iPads, reading along with "The Princess and the Frog" and answering questions about the story on a worksheet.
An "integrated schools” model calls for fewer teachers and administrators and larger class sizes, made possible by uniform schedules and interactive classroom technology that links students and teachers in different towns.
Somewhere along the line “public school” became “education.” In this transformation the old “public school” readin’, ’ritin’ and ’rithmetic taught in the form of math facts, grammar, civics, Latin, sentence diagraming, geography, etc., were eliminated.
Tablets are reinventing how students access and interact with educational material, and how teachers assess and monitor students’ performance at a time when many schools are understaffed and many classrooms overcrowded.
After receiving a low grade from the New Mexico A-F Grading Accountability System last school year, Pate Elementary School Principal Therese Rodriguez is determined not to let it happen again. She applied for an Innovative Solutions for Struggling Schools Grant and received $7,200 from the New Mexico Department of Education in January.
Legislators and educators applauded the benefits of virtual schools at a Thursday seminar, praising the innovation that allows students to learn at their own pace and take advantage of technology in the classroom.
For years, there’s been an ongoing discussion about the digital divide between the “haves” and the “have nots.” As technology has advanced, so has that gap, which is driving fundamental changes in how we work, learn, and live.