Posts for category ‘Technology in Education’

Virtual Field Trips
Lesson Pathways | May 10, 2010 | 9:37 am

WorldWould you like to take a field trip, but don’t have the time or money to do so right now? Perhaps the last field trip you took was a disaster because you were too busy trying to nurse the baby, finding the preschooler a bathroom, and helping the older ones enjoy the trip–all at the same time. Maybe you’d simply like to try something different. If so, go on a virtual field trip. Since you’re already doing much of your learning online with Lesson Pathways, why not take your learning a step further and embark on an online journey. You can even go while the little ones are napping.

What is a virtual field trip? A virtual field trip is a trip you take online. You tour a location using a series of websites that have been linked together for a guided experience. You can visit museums, cities, factories, farms, different countries–almost anywhere you could go on a field trip–and some places you could never visit in person, like the International Space Station.

As with any field trip, a virtual field trip requires advance planning. Decide what you want your children to learn and see. What would be a good supplement to your studies? Do you want to visit a museum that shows something you’ve studied recently? Would you like to see a reenactment from a particular period of time? Should the children learn more about geography and visit a faraway place?

Before you head off to explore, prepare your children. Give them an idea of what they will be seeing and learning. You may want to give them questions to answer or things to look for on your journey. Give them enough information to help them discover fun and interesting things along the way.

Here are a few virtual field trips you might try to get you started:

To find other virtual field trips, begin with your favorite search engine. You probably won’t want to type in “Virtual Field Trips,” as that will yield a little over a million results. To narrow your search, try searching for virtual field trips by country or continent (maybe Europe or Australia), by subject (perhaps geology or history), or by place (like a bakery, factory, or zoo).

Once you’ve found a trip, browse the tour yourself before visiting with the children. Make sure the links are working Kids on computerand the sites do not have any objectionable material. Gather any supplies you want the children to have available: paper, pencils, list of questions, etc.

Before you head off to explore, prepare your children. Give them an idea of what they will be seeing and learning. You may want to give them questions to answer or things to look for on your journey. Give them enough information to help them discover fun and interesting things along the way.

Make your next field trip a virtual trip. Pick a destination, gather the kids around the computer, and head off on your virtual tour. You won’t need a sack lunch, coats, extra diapers, changes of clothes, an umbrella, or boots. The trip won’t even put a dent in your budget. Best of all, if someone needs to use the bathroom, you can pause, walk down the hall, and take care of business.

Lesson Pathways Earns the ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!
Lesson Pathways | March 16, 2010 | 8:00 am

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Lesson Pathways is very honored to accept this award!

ClickSchooling, founded by Diane Flynn Keith,  is an amazing resource that highlights family friendly educational sites that help your kids learn.  To be considered for the award, a site MUST meet the following critera:

1. Must provide free educational content

2. Must use a multi-media format

3. Must be extremely user-friendly

4. Can not contain any pop-up advertising

We’re honored to be among the 6 ClickSchooling Awards given since December 5th.

What does the ClickSchooling Review Team say about Lesson Pathways?  “This is a traditional “homeschool curriculum queen’s” dream-come-true. Unschoolers can access fun ideas and activities to explore as desired.  There’s something for everyone at this website, and it earns a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

You can read the full review here.

Calling All Writers!
Lesson Pathways | March 2, 2010 | 11:15 am

PaperDo you have a blog or a blog topic close to your heart?  The LessonPathways blog is looking for volunteer writers.

Whether you just want to get your feet wet in writing blog posts, or you have an established blog and would like additional exposure, this is a great opportunity.   We’re anxious to publish different points of view from new homeschoolers, veteran homeschoolers, class room teachers, dads or anyone that cares about the education of children!

If you are interested, please drop an email with a writing sample to Blog@LessonPathways.com for more information.

Embracing Social Technology
Lesson Pathways | January 15, 2010 | 7:01 am

While browsing through my blog reader, I ran across a great post about 3 Ways Educators are Embracing Social Technology and wanted to share!

Make sure to check out the original post HERE at Mashable.com

The modern American school faces rough challenges. Budget cuts have caused ballooning class sizes, many teachers struggle with poorly motivated students, and in many schools a war is being waged on distracting technologies. In response, innovative educators are embracing social media to fight back against the onslaught of problems. Technologies such as Twitter and Skype offer ideal solutions as inexpensive tools of team-based education.

Pockets of experimentation are emerging all around the world, and I hope to inspire my fellow teachers with some stories of success. From cell phones to social media, below are three schools that have chosen to go with the flow of popular technology to turn the tide for education.

Skype and Language Learning

Why force students to yawn over a textbook when a real-life native speaker is only a Skype call away? At Marquette University, Spanish students hone their foreign language skills with frequent webcam chats with their English-learning counterparts in South America.

“I absolutely fell in love with this program,” wrote one student. Professor Janet Banhidi, the brains behind the virtual language exchange, said Skype conversation gives students a surprisingly authentic experience. As a teacher (and fluent speaker), she can only give her students limited 1-on-1 attention. With Skype, every student has weekly access to a free personal tutor.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using Skype is the radical increase in motivation. A whopping 85.3% of Janet’s students kept in touch with their digital pen-pals outside of the classroom through Facebook. “In the end, the best part of this exchange was gaining a friend who I still today talk with on Facebook” said one student. Additionally, though some of her students enroll to simply fulfill a language requirement, many participants have gone on to major in Spanish from the experience. Students who go above and beyond mandatory assignments will be more likely to remember class material and apply it when they get out into the working world.

Mobile Phones

While many schools around the country have declared all-out war on mobile devices, Wiregrass High School took a decidedly different approach, integrating cell phones into the entire educational experience. Students exchange questions and answers with their teachers via SMS and browse classroom blogs for additional instruction. Moreover, as an efficient collaborative tool, students can quickly trade notes or take a snapshot of the blackboard for later studying.

Like with any tool, students do misuse the privilege, but according to the school’s principal the number of cell-phone related infractions is “minuscule.” Perhaps this is because the policy permits students to use cell phones socially between classes, giving them a much needed digital fix throughout the day. Wiregrass’s experience pairs nicely with similar workplace-related research which shows that giving employees periodic down-time with the Internet actually boosts productivity. In the end, fighting pervasive technologies may just sap the energy of everyone involved.

Twitter

Many universities have internal e-mail systems and message boards. But getting students to routinely check these systems for updates can be a chore. As a college teacher myself, my students have been required to participate in group message boards, which is a poor substitute for genuine intellectual curiosity. As a solution, Leicester University in the UK turned to Twitter, hoping that the popular micro-blogging technology would encourage collaboration outside of class. Students were provided with an iPod touch, given instructional materials, and told they had to make a few academic-related tweets a day. Soon, a thriving community grew, complete with @replies and hashtags flying back-and-forth between participants, tutors, and even members outside of the program. Additionally, the study has become an unexpected marketing boon for the university. The Association for Learning Technology noted in its newsletter:

“One year ago, a Twitter search for ‘University of Leicester’ revealed little of interest. More recent searches reveal a growing volume of conversation between existing students, often across institutional boundaries, and also from prospective students, commenting on perceptions of the University and Higher Education in general.”

The university was impressed by the experiment and has begun collaborating with teachers and staff to extend participation throughout the campus. Leicester University joins the growing ranks of major universities, such as M.I.T., that are preparing students with technological and cooperative skills essential to real-life scientific experimentation.

Conclusion

As social media becomes ubiquitous, students prepared for technological collaboration will graduate with a much-needed edge on the competition. Fortunately, in these economically turbulent times, social media is a free and popular alternative to traditional instruction.

Click HERE to read even more about Social Media and Education on Mashable.com!

Technology in Teaching
Lesson Pathways | January 13, 2010 | 6:00 am

What does it mean, exactly, to use technology in teaching? The definition of what technology is changes almost daily. So what does it mean when you use technology in your classroom? Is it just the use of computers? The Internet? GPS? There’s always new software, a new gadget, or a new site to try.

It’s important to be flexible and engage your students. There are just as many ways to present technology to your students as there are ways to teach them to read. The way you use technology is going to vary with each class and each student’s interest and ability level.

As education evolves, technology increasingly becomes a channel for innovative teaching and learning practices.

In addition, technology can be used to motivate students. Each class has a wide set of children who vary in their learning style and have different interests. It is the teachers ability to figure out individual learning styles and interests of students; thus making learning more fun and meaningful at the same time. Being a teacher, I think its my responsibility to come up with creative ideas to make curriculum more interesting. It has been a proven fact that visual factor plays a very important role in learning and memorizing details. So, I have been encouraging my students to use the following digital tools :

1. A list of all the good Web resources for Education: NoodleTools

2. Online Library: Lii

3. Collaborative learning platform: FunnelBrain.
This platform is entirely user-driven. Anyone can contribute by submitting or editing or reviewing the electronic flashcards, as well as adding rich content such as photos, videos, audio voice recordings and math equations. In addition, students work in teams to create review materials, paired with video explanations, for their class and leverage a learning management application known as the “Funnel” that tracks and monitors learning progress with a spaced repetition algorithm.

source: http://teachers20.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=1uu7ck4oyjsbo

Lesson Pathways is another site I would recommend that uses technology to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles and student interests. The units there provide a multitude of resources, all available online. I can print off worksheets, assign educational games, or have my students take online quizzes. The creators of that site have taken great care to be sure their lessons will cover a range of student abilities.

Technology has no doubt changed the way we run our classrooms. It’s changed the way we operate in our daily lives. If we approach these changes in our classrooms and strive to adapt our technology use to our classrooms, we will undoubtedly have many more successful and engaged students.

This post was written by Crystal P., classroom educator and LessonPathways.com contributor. You can read more about her in the “Our People” section.

Technology In Education Round Up
Lesson Pathways | December 28, 2009 | 7:00 am

In the past few weeks, there have been some excellent blog posts for educators interested in better integrating technology in the classroom.  We’re pleased to bring you this round-up of blog posts pertaining to technology and education.  We  hope you’ll find these posts as interesting as we did.

j0401786The Dynamite Lesson Plans blog has some terrific advice for teachers on how to spice up online classrooms in his post, “Creating a Virtual Classroom: Teaching K-12 Online“.

We’ve all been there. We know we have to log into our online classes, but instead of enthusiasm, there is a sense of dread. We’re using a course shell, and although our program allows customization, it seems easy to just go with the pre-loaded content. But there is a price to pay for not putting one’s heart, soul, and identity into the course design. The special spark and intimacy that comes from personal contact and the feeling of being in a vibrant, living learning community are just not present when unless you put forth the effort to make a personal connection.

How can you motivate yourself? How can you excite and inspire your students, and make them excited about being a part of a vibrant, effective learning community even without the classroom? Here are a few tried and true ways to create an interactive virtual classroom:

Steve Hargadon discusses the importance of social networks and Web 2.0 in eduction in his white paper, Educational Networking: The important role web 2.0 will play in education.

Intuitively, though, we have felt that the computer world would bring real change, and the fact that it hasn’t has puzzled many of us.  The advent of the Internet, however, and in particular what we are calling “Web 2.0,” has so significantly changed our relationship to information and our own personal learning opportunities outside of formal education, that we are beginning to see a set of software tools emerge that are profoundly altering both learning processes and outcomes.  These tools allow us to see the start of a radical evolution in education that will bring such dramatic changes that we’ll soon be at the point where we won’t be able to imagine education without them.

Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day shares a few of her favorite iPhone Apps for Education in a short series on her blog, including a fantastic Scribd list, with 50 pages of iPhone Apps reviewed for education!

Over the last year or so I’ve been building a list of list of apps (including optimized sites and web apps) for the iPod Touch and the iPhone that are useful for learning, performance support or productivity purposes.

The Langwitches blog shares slides visually depicting the changes in learning in the post Learning: Then and Now.

Not too long ago, I stumbled across the presentation Learning 2.0 from Mike Lambert on Slideshare. It inspired me to build upon his version and create the following photo slides showing my vision of how learning has changed. I discovered over the last few years, that by creating visuals, I support my own learning and understanding.

The Edublogger offers excellent advice on Protecting Your Email on Blogs.

I’ve seen numerous people not protecting their email while reviewing blogs recently!

Definitely not a good idea!

Writing your email as margone@gmail.com in a blog post or on a page means it can be picked up by search bots and then spammers may use it to send you unwanted emails.

I’ll share some ways of protecting your email below — but first let’s talk about student emails.

Tom Barrett of the Edte.ch blog offers wonderful insight on integrating technology into the classroom in his post Giving Children the Tools is Not Enough.

Planning for technology integration in classrooms needs to be done with a big pair of binoculars, ones that preferably can see into the future. I can remember when I planned my first suite of computers in a school all I talked about was “future proofing” everything. It was like some rubber stamp I had marked everything with. But planning for the lifespan of the hardware is one thing, where it fits in with your school’s vision is another.

Sometimes schools can get a bit fixated with provision. We like to reel off a list of the various and wondrous hardware that adorns every nook and cranny of the school building. But it is not simply about provision. I have often heard that “an interactive whiteboard does not make a poor teacher any better”. well in the same vein, “technology provision alone does not make independent, confident learners.”

The Card Catalog! The Dewey Decimal System! The Stacks!
admin | December 3, 2009 | 6:09 am

If you asked your students what these things are, I’m betting they’d either stare at you blankly or ask if it’s the name of an “oldies band.” We are not just moving in a new direction for obtaining information. The movers have already arrived and your forwarding address is at the post office (you know, that place where you get that paper stuff called mail).

To say that the way we (and our students) obtain information has changed drastically in the last 20 years would be a dramatic understatement. Where we used to search for information, we now have to kind of “weed out” information because there is just so much available to us, literally at our fingertips.

Do you know what we did if there was a question we couldn’t answer and we couldn’t find the answer in our encyclopedias? We called the “reference desk” at the library. The nice lady there would try to answer any question you had, even if it took her a while to look something up.

So if you were researching something, you’d have to pull out a rack in the card catalog according to the alphabetized subject and flip through the cards. If you got lucky, the title of a book or a brief description would point you in the right direction. Then you had to actually find the book, skim through it, and hope that you’d find some information.

Quote: http://dubiousquality.blogspot.com/2007/05/information.html

The Internet is changing the way our students learn, and it’s changing the way we teach. If we don’t adapt our teaching to meet these changes, we’re going to lose our students. Those of us who are already teaching are going to have to keep up. Education students in universities are learning to teach this way. It’s not new to them. It’s already second nature. Along those lines, the kids we teach are already a step or two ahead of us when it comes to technology anyway. Kids can now study their spelling words online using sites like SpellingCity.com. Teachers use the Internet to generate their own quizzes, worksheets, and web quests.

I love that the information is so “easy” to find these days. I put easy in quotation marks because as I mentioned earlier, there is just so much out there that sometimes it becomes overwhelming. That’s one of the things I love about Lesson Pathways. When I want to find an activity or an online game or even just some reference material for a subject, it’s already there. It’s been screened for content and appropriateness. All I have to do is enter a search term into the search box and everything I need has already been found for me. I don’t want to be left behind when it comes to technology, and a site like Lesson Pathways makes it easy for me to look like I know what I’m doing–even when I don’t (which never happens…really, honest).

I’m glad information has become so easy to obtain. It gives me more time to focus on my students’ needs, and it gives my students more time to focus on synthesizing the information they have in front of them instead of spending all that time searching for a needle in a haystack.

Editors, synthesizers, and creators. That’s the new generation. They’ll no longer have hunt and gather for precious bits of information. Instead, they’ll be able to build something new and–we can hope–better.

Quote: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2140631,00.asp

This post was written by Crystal P., classroom educator and Lesson Pathways contributor.

Review: United States History Map
Lesson Pathways | November 12, 2009 | 5:09 pm

How Did We Go From 13 Colonies to 50 States?

Who Were the Native Americans?

Find Answers to These Questions and Learn More About Our Nation with This Fun Interactive.

The United States History Map is an interactive website where kids can learn about the geographic features, regions, and history of the United States. The site is broken down into five major sections: From Sea to Shining Sea, 50 States, Indians, Colonists, and The Nation Expands. Each section provides background information on the topic, an interactive, and a timed quiz.

Product Description:Become a geography whiz as you learn how the United States was settled. Discover how the continent was irrevocably changed by European colonization, the events that caused the wholesale displacement and decimation of the land’s original inhabitants, and how the 50 states came to be formed.

In addition to the U.S. history interactive, you can choose from other subject areas as well, which are located in the upper right corner of the site. You can pick from a list of subjects, including math, science, language, and additional history topics.

Uses: Use this interactive to teach or supplement a variety of history topics, as well as any other subject of your choosing. This particular interactive makes a great supplement for teaching children about the 13 Colonies and Native Americans. It’s also good for use with geography lessons relating to North America and the U.S. The use of interactives makes learning about history much more fun, especially with children. Rather than pouring through books and listening to drawn-out lectures (yawn), interactives allow children to take part in the lesson, bringing the topic at hand to life and making it more interesting.

Content and Safety: This site and its content was designed for upper elementary and middle school grades. However, all ages and grade levels can benefit from and gain a basic understanding of the United States and its history. The site requires Internet Explorer 5 (and higher) and Mozilla 5 (and higher) as well as the latest versions of Flash player.

Using the Product: I had the opportunity to explore this site and found it to be quite interesting—seems you’re never too old to learn (or re-learn). In the first section of the site, From Sea to Shining Sea, kids get a chance to learn how to read and interpret a map of the United States in order to understand its geography and how it has influenced our history. They will also be asked to identify major mountains, rivers, and oceans of North America.

The 50 States section focuses on the various regions and individual states. The other three sections focus on the original inhabitants of North America. Many distinct Indian tribes originally inhabited each of the regions that are now part of the country, and you can learn more about these various tribes in the Indian section of the site. Life for North American Indians began to change with the arrival of Europeans—or the Colonists, which kids will also learn about.

Under the Nations Expand section, kids will learn how the United States grew into the 50 states, expanding from the original 13 colonies. After reviewing interactive overviews in each section, you can test your skills by answering questions relating the U.S. history map in a series of timed quizzes, which will be scored and can be printed off for review. Check out my score and yes, I could use a bit more review!

Tutorial or Promotional Video of the Product: I did not find any specific tutorial for the site; however, once you get there, it is pretty much self-explanatory. You simply read through the sections following the “Next” link (or arrow) located on the bottom right side of each page.

Summary: I really enjoyed this interactive and look forward to checking out some of the other ones on the site. I think children will greatly benefit from the information, and the interactive lessons are good for holding their interest. Although much of this might already be familiar to older kids, they can still revisit and appreciate our history with this site. You may even learn something new, as I did.

This post was written by Nikki P., homeschool mom and Lesson Pathways contributor. You can find this original review of this product posted at ChoosyHomeschooler.

Using Lesson Pathways in the Classroom
Lesson Pathways | November 3, 2009 | 8:36 am

Teachers are always looking for new ways to engage their students. I’ve found one of the easiest ways to do that is by using technology. Kids LOVE technology. Tell them it’s time for math and they groan. Tell them we’re going to the computer lab to work tessellations on the computer, and suddenly I’m a hero! Lesson Pathways is a wonderful tool that assists busy teachers in offering Internet-based activities to their students. The best part? All the work is already done for them. What teacher wouldn’t love that?

I have personally spent hours sitting at the computer looking for a cool webquest or an online game. Sometimes I’ve looked for my whole class; sometimes I’ve looked for reinforcement or enrichment for a single student. I wish I had been able to access a service like Lesson Pathways all along. It would have saved me valuable time–you know, to fill out paperwork, call parents, attend a staffing…

Among the 36 weeks of curriculum per core subject, per grade (currently through grade 5), you’ll find a wealth of lessons, mini-lessons, hands-on activities, online games, videos, e-books…the list goes on. It’s so easy to use too! The Planner feature is such a useful tool. You can add your entire class in just a few minutes. Once that is set up, you can select the Pathways you want to assign. The part I really like is having the option to assign Pathways to individual students or to the entire class. Again, anything that saves some time is a good thing in my book.

I really like that I can use this anywhere. I can browse Lesson Pathways from home, school, the coffee shop… I don’t have to lug around those big, heavy teacher-edition textbooks. I don’t even need to have a pen with me, for that matter. That’s generally a good thing. I never have a pen when I need it. (I think I was absent the day they taught organization at my university.) I just click on the Pathway I want to use and assign it to either the whole class or just the students I want to use it. I can also print out a worksheet from home and take it to school for copying the next day. I don’t know about you, but I do my best thinking with my bunny slippers on–and well, administration tends to frown on me wearing them to school.

Differentiated instruction is one of my favorite education buzzwords, and Lesson Pathways has a handle on it. The creators of Lesson Pathways are aware of the distinct needs of individual learners and of teacher’s requirements to differentiate instruction for their students. For this reason, the lessons offered address a wide variety of learning styles and methods. The search feature on the site will allow you to find just what you need. For example, type “Mesopotamia” into the search box and 49 pre-screened and carefully selected choices will pop up. You can then filter your search further if you’re looking for, say, a video. All of the Pathways are tagged to help you find resources for special needs or instructional methods.

We all know how overpaid teachers are, right? We just love to spend our own money in the classroom and buy supplies for which we’ll never even dream of being reimbursed. Hmmm…maybe not. The good news is Lesson Pathways isn’t going to break your classroom stipend (if you’re lucky enough to get one). Compared with a tutoring service, boxed curriculum, and other learning sites, you’ll find this service is incredibly cost-efficient.

If you’re still not sure, sign up for a FREE trial with Lesson Pathways. For more information, contact one of the team members at ContactUs@LessonPathways.com.

The Effectiveness of Online Education
Lesson Pathways | September 28, 2009 | 6:00 am

A landmark study was published recently by the US Department of Education (ED) that should encourage families to take advantage of web-based resources to help educate themselves and their families.

Non-profit research institute SRI International conducted the study on behalf of the ED, which reviewed, approved and published the findings.  It was a comprehensive analysis of 99 studies of web-based learning programs conducted between 1994 and 2006.  The results were stunning to many, and may mark a turning point in the acceptance of online learning systems across the country.

ComputerIn short, the study said that on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction alone.

You can review the report yourself here: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf.


For those using online programs like LessonPathways.com’s program for K-5, it’s important to note that the findings apply primarily to adults.  The researchers were surprised to discover how few research studies of the effectiveness of online learning for K-12 students have been published.  Let’s hope these findings spurs researchers to begin studying this question for younger learners.

However, I think there are three conclusions of this study that can be applied to learners of all ages, and we hope will encourage our audience to take full advantage of the many rich resources available online to help educate their family.


Number one: the study emphasizes that “online and face-to-face conditions generally differed on multiple dimensions, including the amount of time that learners spent on task.“  It goes on to say that “studies in which learners in the online condition spent more time on task than students in the face-to-face condition found a greater benefit for online learning.

I have heard from many parents and teachers that the flexibility that online learners have–to spend more or less time on various learning tasks according to their individual needs–is one of the key reasons that online instruction is often more effective in the long run than a typical classroom situation.

Too often, classroom management requirements put both the classroom teacher and the students in the difficult position of having each student spend the same amount of time on each task.  We all know what usually happens: the kids who master the particular topic become bored, restless, and sometimes disruptive.  Children who are struggling with the material fall further behind every day, to the detriment of their education, self-esteem, and, too often, their love of learning.


Number two: the report says “instruction combining online and face-to-face elements had a larger advantage relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction.“  This is important for two reasons.

For homeschoolers it explains why so many families who use online resources also make arrangements for their children to gather with others to participate in group learning activities.  Children learn in many different ways and need to have concepts and practices reinforced not only by repetition but also by a variety of methods of instruction, illustration, elaboration, presentation, and collaboration.  Such “blended learning” opportunities are becoming increasingly popular among institutions that once offered only face-to-face or online programs.

You find can a partial list of some of these innovative–and often free–programs in a report by the North American Council for Online Learning called Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education.  Locations of some of the the cited tuition-free schools include examples in Central PennslyvaniaChicago, and Las Vegas.

Homeschoolers can also find opportunities to join or organize a local instructional group by contacting one of the associations you’ll find at Homeschool.comHomeschool World, or Ann Zeise’s A to Z Home’s Cool homeschooling sites, or search for local groups at meetup.com .

For families with children in typical classroom-oriented schools, we hope this will encourage you to urge your school administrators to embrace web-based instructional programs that can help children learn at their own pace, and free their teachers to give more personalized instruction to individual children and small groups within their classrooms.


Number three: with respect to various teaching methods and learning styles, the study says “The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types.“  That’s why LessonPathways has assembled and tagged a variety of resources in each pathway to make it easy to find resources that fit a family’s preferred teaching method and each child’s optimal learning style.

If you’d like to read other people’s perspectives on this landmark study, here is some of the best commentary about it I’ve found on the web.

Online learning boosts student perfomance, by Don Tapscott, September, 2009

At Your Fingers, an Oxford Don, by Steve Lohr, September 12, 2009, The New York Times.

Study bolsters hybrid, online learning efficacy by Michael Horn of the Innosight Institute, July 23, 2009.

They’re experts in their fields, but if you have taught children at home or in the classroom, we consider you to be an expert, too, in what works for children like yours.  We would love to share your experience as well.  So, please offer your comments in the space provided below.

This post was written by Richard Rasmus, founder of LessonPathways.com.