Chapter 6: Fostering Online Learning with Educational Websites and Apps Alexis Montgomery and Kendra Phipps
Managing Information Electronically Digital Content Social Bookmarking Cloud Computing
Organizing Electronic Resources to Address Curriculum Standards Local, state and national curriculum standards can be found online. A standards connector can organize and store web-based material in teaching and curriculum learning standards.
Enhancing Learning WebQuests Virtual field trips Videoconferencing
WebQuests Virtual journeys in which students visit a group of preselected websites. Designed and guided by teachers. Teachers can use software like PowerPoint and Prezi and websites such as QuestGarden to create WebQuests. Students prepare presentations to share with classmates.
Example Prezi http://prezi.com/83lclycrx1tm/curriculum-for-future-minds-by-sunni- brown/
Virtual Field Trips Virtual field trips can expand the worldviews of students. March 29, 2012: More than 1 million students across the United States took a virtual trip to Ellis Island in New York City. Virtual field trips do not require reservations so teachers can be flexible in timing of the trips.
Virtual Field Trips (cont.) Google Earth offers virtual tours to: Roman Colosseum Palace of Versailles Sistine Chapel Smithsonian Institution And many more amazing places!
Interactive Videoconferencing Offers real-time access to people and places that students are unable to visit. Achieves interactivity between students and the places the class is visiting electronically. Makes participants at each site feel involved and invested in the experience.
Online Learning and Virtual Schools Pros Home-schooled students are no longer being taught by parents that may not have a background in education. Gifted and Talented students are able to do the advanced work they need without being placed with students that are older. Virtual schools are less expensive than brick-and-mortar schools Cons Students are deprived of the social interaction present in traditional schools. Teachers receive less pay and benefits. Students in virtual students do not perform as well as students in traditional schools.