Distance LEarning for Middle School

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Distance Learning for K-12:

Distance Learning for K-12 Gail Blouin Southeastern Louisiana University ETEC 645 Fall 2013

Emerging Influences of Information Technology on School Curriculum:

Emerging Influences of Information Technology on School Curriculum Focus: The focus of the article is to highlight the value of technology in developing 21 st Century skills necessary for students to become productive citizens. Summary: Education using technology should be centered on real-world problems using virtual similar to those faced by adults. Educators will guide students through inquiry process including students in the process of developing experiences to construct their own knowledge . To meet these goals, a shift in pedagogy , assessment of student learning and professional development will become essential. Dede , C. (2000). Emerging influences of information technology on school curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Studies , 32 (2), 281- 303 Retrieved from: http ://consilr.info.uaic.ro/uploads_lt4el/resources/pdfengEmerging%20Influences%20of%20Information%20Technology%20on%20School% 20Curriculum.pdf

Blended Learning: The Convergence of On-line and Face-to-Face Education:

Blended Learning: The Convergence of On-line and Face-to-Face Education Focus: This article attempts to define blended learning and how it is being developed in schools across the country. Summary: Blended learning is not limited to a single type of learning face to face, fully on-line or a combination of both. Blended learning requires a variety of new methods and professional development. Online learning is in the early stages of development with more and more schools developing online learning programs; however, we still have a long way to go before early American students has the option of this method of learning and teaching. A shift in thinking in order to truly develop blended learning environments. Teachers will need to become guides for learning. The success of blended learning courses will require a paradigm shift with professional development for current teachers and future educators. Watson , J. (2008). Blending learning: The convergence of online and face-to-face education. Promising Practices in Online Learning, North American Council for Online Learning . Retreived from: http://rogersfoundation.org/system/resources/0000/0015/ NACOL_promising_practices_in_blended_learning.pdf

The effects of Distance Education on K-12 Student Outcomes:

The effects of Distance Education on K-12 Student Outcomes Focus: The focus this article was to determine how effectiveness of digital learning on K-12 student outcomes. Summary: Online learning can be just as effective as traditional schools . In fact, some research has shown that students using distance learning show more improvement in key areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and time management. Because there is more responsibility on the student, younger students need to be taught management skills. The study indicates that there is enough information to determine for all involved parties, parents, educators, and others, to insure that stuents receive the best education prepare students and equip them with the necessary skills to be productive citizens. Cavanaugh, C. S. (2001). The effectiveness of interactive distance education technologies in K-12 learning: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications , 7 (1), 73-88 . Retrived from: http://faculty.education.ufl.edu/cathycavanaugh/docs/EffectsDLonK-12Students1. pdf

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