Well the obvious advantages of distance education is being at home and going at your own pace (or at least at a resonable pace). In addition, I believe that distance education is more hands-on learning and I have found that is the way to learn–I mean really learn.
The biggest disadvantage to distance learning as to be the personal aspects of learning–the face-to-face learning that takes place in classrooms all across the country. While I would love to teach from home, I believe there is something to be said about face-to-face learning.
So how do we combine these two great things and make them work? That is a question I hope to learn. I would consider using distance education in my classroom if I the technology capabilities were there, but sadly I have very little access to my students learning via the internet. A couple of my students have no access to the internet at home and several of my parents have no idea what the internet even is let alone how to use it. If I could use distance learning in my classroom, I would use it for reading and writing purposes. There are lots of books online, podcasts of books and authors, instructional videos about reading and writing (united streaming and brainpop), grammar sites, scholastic book orders, tapped in..the possibilities are endless. I love technology at least when it comes to using it for learning.
But how to use it where I am. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to advise. Until next time….