I think that the hybrid schools are a good idea. I would not have a problem with dividing a student's time between class time and online learning. I think that the benefits of this would be allowing the student to become an independent learner, as well as being able to adapt to the special needs of students. However, I do not like the idea of completely virtual schools. I think that there is interaction within a classroom that students need. They need the socialization with their peers, as well as the support that teachers provide. Also, there are so many students who are in abusive situations who would never have any help or respite if they weren't able to come to school. So many more children would fall through the cracks in the system if they weren't coming to school. There are some kids who only get fed at school, and often for these same children, the only kind word or soft touch they receive is at school. I think technology is wonderful. The things that students today can and should learn online is invaluable. But as important and vital as technology is to children today, it cannot take the place of school.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Blog Post 13
In the article My Teacher is an App, Stephanie Banchero and Stephanie Simon discuss virtual schooling, which is when students complete all of their schooling online. They are allowed to work from home, at their own pace, and they are never required to attend school. Another option discussed in the article is the hybrid-school. This school allows students to attend school, nut it blends the amount of time spent on schoolwork between online studies and school attendance. This article talks about the advantages of these programs, and it gives examples of school districts that have implemented these programs. One of the main advantages to these types of educational programs is the lower cost. When students are either not coming to class, or coming to class less, the school systems are able to save money on their staffing.