Filip N

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Should e-learning be the primary tool of our high school education?

There are many benefits that can be achieved with it. First, all the materials would be easier to send and receive between students and teachers. Second, you wouldn't have to lose time listening to teachings if in that specific moment you don't have concentration. Idea would be to have tests in schools but study at home.

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    Aug 5 2012: There are schools that are called online high schools or virtual high schools. Sometimes those are augmented with tutors who can also interact with students personally to address individual questions in real time or discussion boards where students can interact with each other.

    So at present there is that option to go the e-learning route or the traditional in-person interactive route.

    As both a long-time teacher and a longtime student, I appreciate the convenience of online options and supplements but have boundless gratitude for in-person education. There are great advantages on both the teaching and learning ends to interacting eye-to-eye, formally and informally, in the course of learning and hashing out material in community.

    There is virtue, I believe, in not splitting education off from the normal contexts of human interactions but rather integrating education with human relationships.
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    Aug 6 2012: I agree with Lesley. Blended learning is better. Several students coming out of K-8 don't even know how to use a computer. There is still a small percentage of people that still don't have internet at home. e-learning in high school education should only be another tool for assessment and organization.
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    Aug 6 2012: Only if the physical and temporal issues can be dealt with first, by which I mean that there are logistical issues that e-learning cannot overcome without a complete re-working of the system.
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    Aug 6 2012: Blended learning is the way to go. This entails putting all the tools at a learner's disposal and facilitating the learning process so they also learn when to use which tool to the best advantage. e-learning is just another of these tools.
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    Aug 5 2012: E-learning is such a great idea. But it should complement the traditional classroom/school community learning; not replace it.
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    Aug 5 2012: This would require both, extreme discipline at young age and constant parental supervision. Was this to be guaranteed by all generations involved?

    And how to control distraction and the decrease in social interaction and group work?
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    Aug 5 2012: Hmm, maybe high school education should be the primary tool for e-learning instead... ;)