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IDOE challenges teachers

Friday, February 10, 2012

At the beginning of February, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) issued a challenge to teachers.

The department wanted teachers and school corporations statewide to begin digital instruction.

IDOE officials said it planned on hosting a "29-Day Web 2.0 Challenge" through February. It planned to offer an online resource with educator tutorials and tips each day of the month.

The challenge asked all teachers to look into the online tool and share ways it helps to enhance learning or how it may help teachers instruct more efficiently.

But officials with Clay Community Schools (CCS) believe they are already heading down this avenue.

"We are already ahead of the curve," CCS Supt. Kim Tucker told The Brazil Times recently. "We have the learning digital format at our fingertips."

Tucker said IDOE is pushing that all students have experience with online learning. She added she believes the challenge may be mandatory in the future.

Currently, CCS features APEX, an electronic course-taking program, which she described as taking an electronic correspondence class.

"We have a full variety of curriculum available to students," Tucker said. "They go in and register for a class, complete the assignments, then there is an assessment. They can access the curriculum at home."

Tucker said APEX is regarded as a synchronous platform, where students can work and learn at their own pace.

"The big move now is to move into the synchronous platform," she said. "We're not quite there yet."

She added allowing students to work and learn at their own pace is more "enhancing."

"It's more in-depth in certain areas," she said.

Tucker added the corporation is already taking the necessary steps to develop further digital learning tools and make them available for students.

"We're moving a number of laptops in classrooms for individual student use," she said, adding they are being moved into elementary schools as well as science and math classes.

Tucker said the program is called Computers on Wheels (COWS).

"Students are able to access online learning sites to help them access online learning activities that are being prescribed by the teacher," she said.

She added the corporation is looking into the use of iPads as well.

"I think the real big drive here is the face of education is changing dramatically across the world," Tucker said. "I think a lot of other countries, including the United States, have started to develop online learning.

"It started at colleges and universities. A lot of degree programs are completely online. It is starting to filter down to public schools. It's really forcing public schools to rethink how they deliver instruction and curriculum."

Tucker said she and Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle are taking the issue "very seriously," in reference to meeting the challenge while also being able to "compete with an electronic format."

"I feel very confident that we are completely ahead of the curve in terms of where we feature CCS and public schools in general, heading the next five years."

In fact, Tucker said she believes more online learning will take place in the near future, where teachers may instruct online in the comforts of their own homes.

"I think the whole face of education is going to change," Tucker said. "We have started to talk with the teachers, and we will have to train teachers on delivering online. Some of these courses could be ready and available as early as next year. Hopefully, this will revive public schools."

Through the IDOE challenge, teachers statewide can share resources as well as their digital learning experiences through an IDOE Education blog and a YouTube channel.

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Skylearnbrazil is an on-line English language school, we hold REAL classes in REAL time,we have the platform to enable 1000 webcams to be open at one time if necessary. We can offer our platform for any school/college/university to use as their own school on-line, this includes a site to upload all class materials and allows students to download materials free. We can supply native English teachers and we also run courses for The Cambridge TKT to help teachers deliver the English language here in Brazil. As part of our mission statement we believe that Language is like a license and for those who have the opportunity to learn a second language (especially English)it will open doors for them to enhance their career opportunities, therefore, we want to reach as many people as possible to offer this opportunity or offer our unique facilities for institutions to use with their own methods. Either way the goal here is to reach out and be a part of moving technology into education.

-- Posted by Skylearnbrazil on Sat, Feb 11, 2012, at 7:57 AM

We need to be careful going down this digital path. All instruction should be data driven. According to a recent article on the New York Times website (see link below), the data is inconclusive on technology in the classroom. According to the article:

'Larry Cuban, an education professor emeritus at Stanford University, said the research did not justify big investments by districts.

"There is insufficient evidence to spend that kind of money. Period, period, period," he said. "There is no body of evidence that shows a trend line."'


-- Posted by Anodos on Sat, Feb 11, 2012, at 8:34 AM

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