Re: Young Learners Online
by David Cook - Saturday, July 19, 2014, 6:23 PM

I wanted to opt out of the question because I teach high school, but I'll still take a shot at it!  I'll answer more in a vague sense than a specific tool. 

As a parent of a 6 year old, I'd want to know the following about any online community that my daughter was a part.

  • That it's moderated & supervised
  • That there is accountability for those who post on the community
  • That the students have received some training in expectations, just as they are in a traditional classroom. 
  • That it's concise and doesn't require them to be able to dissect line after line of text as simply as we (as adults) can.  

Interestingly, I think the online learning is a way to better involve families.  I don't know what math class looks like while I'm at work.  But if I could peek into the online community at night by looking over my daughter's shoulder on her tablet/computer, I might be a better help in the learning process!

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