Thursday, December 31, 2009
Enough research exists at the high school and college level that students participating in a combination of classroom and online coursework outperform their counterparts that only attend passive classes. You can read more about research conducted with online learning and published by The US Department of Education on their website.
So this brings me to options available to bring education into the 3D world. Although not yet three dimensional (but I'm sure they are working on it), Time4Learning has just released a new preschool curriculum and the only thing that could make it better would be to ship a pair of 3D glasses with every subscription.You can see some free demos of the Time4Learning online preschool product on their website. They have thought of everything that a preschooler might need to prepare for a successful kindergarten entry.
Don't get me wrong, their entire online educational program for kids in preschool through 8th grade is awesome and they really outdid themselves on the preschool launch this fall. But I'm still waiting for those glasses to arrive anyday in the mail!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's a great blog post I found that shows a video of a completed lapbook that is themed just in time for Thanksgiving. Here's an excerpt from that post:
"A completed lapbook can be compared to a child's pop-up book or a lift-the-flap book. These types of books often generate more enthusiasm among elementary aged kids than simple text. Tactile learners respond well to the interaction involved in making and looking at a lapbook."
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I'm talking about the youth of today and also the work force in today's competitive companies. Online education is now mainstream with teachers now choosing between careers in schools, tutoring, or teaching online.Online teaching is hot! Our people are now, as Marc Prensky calls them, "Digital Natives" with skills and a mindset suited to todays technical realities. Learning styles have evolved as have our diagnostic tools and categories of learnig styles and dysfunctions. The skills are different too with keyboarding & web researching moving into mainstream skills. And while public schools still dominate the educational system, homeschooling and virtual schools are the two hottest growth areas in education. They're cost effective and they work!
Homeschooling is a hotbed of experimentation with new educational paradigms. Homeschoolers are a diverse group. But homeschoolers do share a few vital characteristics....
A determination to provide the best for your children!
A sense that life has more possibilities than those found by following the crowd!
A personal involvement in educating your child!
A need for some help in putting together an optimal education for each child!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
7. The Gemstone Vision System ®, a web-based solution to improve vision tracking and related skills
8. Reading Plus ®
3DLearn - This online accredited school, recently been renamed Wilostar3D, conducts most of it's classes in it's own custom-developed 3D space with the students as avatars. Much of the activities and school work is conducted in this synthetic shared 3D space using highly visually and interactive approaches to learning. This approach, which they say is based on Constructionist Learning, is dramatically different than the traditional text and speech-based approach to education. And I quote their page on special needs: 3D virtual reality learning experiences in our 3d campus include specific curriculum adaptations to enhance the learning experience for students with:
- Panic Disorder
- ADD, ADHD
- Gifted Children with Attention Deficit
- Hyperactivity Disorder
- Executive Dysfunction
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Sensory Issues
- Tourette Syndrome
- Psychological disabilities such as depression, bipolar disorder, or severe anxiety
- Mobility impairments such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injury
- Students disabled by chronic illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome, and seizure disorders
- Learning Disabilities such as information processing deficits or weaknesses in specific areas such as reading, math, writing, or organization
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
How much did the kids learn?
Was an interest in history or archaelogy sparked?
Or did they just enjoy the climbing up and down the ladders and through the tunnels?
I'm on a family vacation, we just spent a few days looking at the ruins of the Pueblo civilization in Mesa Verde. We saw their early pit homes built in the 800's and the very sophisticated cliff dwellings built and abandoned in the 1200's. There are many mysteries around this people in terms of why they built the way they did, how they lived, why they disappeared so completely, where they went to, and why nobody ever returned to these dwellings from the time they were abandoned (1285).
Saturday, June 13, 2009
They've been usurped by a new trend: public virtual schooling which is growing at 100% annually, mostly at the high school level. With the enthusiastic support of teachers (they like working in their pajamas from home) and students; and fueled by superior test results and a really nice cost structure (it can be much less expensive than the traditional approach), the trend appears to be headed towards a few percent.
Where is my data for this? I'm estimating. I've ready many reports and this is my impressionistic conclusion. As this blog develops, I might provide detailed bibliography and sources.