Today’s technology expands opportunities for learning anywhere, anytime, from anyone.
Schools have many reasons for offering virtual venues for learning:
- Enhancing students’ interaction in class by including students from other geographic locations
- Offering courses that would otherwise be cost prohibitive were it not for the addition of students from remote locations
- Offering low-enrollment classes across multiple schools in a district or region using one teacher
- Generating revenue by offering courses to students outside the district or school
Using technology merely to replicate a lecture-style dissemination of information falls short of taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by technology to have students engage in student-centered learning.
L’Étranger Américain à Paris is a sample Google site that might be used as a French IV virtual classroom or a hybrid model in which some students are physically in class while others are geographically remote. Note that the problem, rubric, and activity list are structures of IDE Corp.’s Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.
Consider . . .
- Exploring possibilities within your curriculum for the virtual classroom
- Designing Virtual Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms
Resources for You . . .
- Problem-based task An American Outsider in Paris (English version) on the IDEportal