Distance Learning

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distance learning - n. learning that takes place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom.


Distance learning is available in many formats for our Distance Learning school districts. Schools are connected via IP, I2 or ISDN lines. Most of our classrooms have changed from the original permanent classrooms to Polycom units that can be moved almost anywhere is a school buiding or in district buildings. Live or synchronous interactive Distance Learning allows students to see and talk with students and teachers from other sites. At any one time, multiple combinations of schools can be connected for live video and audio interactions.

Instructional programming includes academic courses, staff development workshops, video conferencing, inter-district meetings, field trips, and authentic learning experiences.

Contents

Distance Learning Showcase

Visit the Distance Learning Showcase to learn more about how districts are using distance learning to meet the learning needs of their students.

    • High school courses
    • Class interactions
    • Special events
    • Virtual field trips
    • Staff development
    • Meetings
    • more
  • Online Learning
    • College credit courses
    • Extending the Classroom with Moodle

Search the eLearning Collaborative Site for content providers, connections and more ideas!

Benefits

  • Enables districts to offer secondary courses they might otherwise have to by-pass or eliminate due to low enrollment
  • Allows students to take college level courses during their high school career
  • Breaks down barriers and prejudices that divide our greater communities
  • Allows for the mainstreaming of Special Education, Alternative Education and other At-Risk students
  • Enables students to learn and operate in a setting similar to, and among the tools of, the kind of world they will live in as adults
  • Enriches student experience, enabling young people to learn from both peers and faculty members in other communities
  • Encourages creativity and participation

Preparation

Things to consider when planning a distance learning experience.

  • Purpose for the event
  • Room availability
  • Participant availability
  • Scheduling for connections including necessary test connections
  • Preparing your students for their interaction
  • Post event activities

During Conference

  • Ensure students are assigned roles
  • Students who have a speaking role should have direct access to a microphone
  • Proper conduct should be observed pre, during, and post conference
  • Keep microphone mute when not speaking

Tips

There are many methods to share information when video conferencing. Bridgit Software allows classrooms to "share" SMARTBoards. Digital presentations work well with Polycom units. No matter the method you decide to use , here are some tips.

  • Short and Simple - Posters should have small amounts of information
  • Large Clear Text - no matter the method, large, contrasting text and images display the best
  • Hold 'em Still - If using posters or images, hold 'em still so that the other class can read or view the information
  • Test, test, test - A test run is a great way to see if digital content or posters are easily viewed.
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