Teaching online

September 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

We’re piloting some online coursework using Moodle in my district.  It’s been over a year in the making, but after this week, we should have at least two teachers with at least two classes each online.

Now, this is by no means replacing the actual classroom part of the work, it’s just a way for these teachers to extend their discussions beyond the 50 minutes or so that they see their students each day.

We piloted a similar program when I was in NEISD, and it went really well.  It takes a special kind of teacher to commit to teaching online.  It’s certainly not easy, and it really eats into your “after work” time.  However, it’s also a great way to keep kids engaged and get them to learn even more about your subject.

We’re piloting it with three high school teachers at the moment, and I’m hoping to add one or two more in the spring.  Our secondary curriculum director would like to see it become more like a virtual high school so kids can take entire courses online, but that’s still a ways into the future.

I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going.

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