Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Is e-learning a New Concept for Schools?

By Amy Nutt

In today's technologically driven world, children's futures are no longer shaped by only their ability to learn such basics as reading, writing, science, and math. High tech learning must be achieved in order to ensure children have every opportunity to succeed as adults. Now, e-learning is becoming an important part of the classroom for many public and private schoolss. However, more schools need to implement e-learning into their educational programs.

E-learning in schools can include a number of different types of technology-enhanced learning (TEL), where technology is utilized to support and enhance the learning process. When a teacher incorporates e-Learning into their classroom, children of all ages have access to the most current and best e-learning material in such study areas as math, science, and reading. Programs are designed and developed by leading e-learning providers and qualified instructional designers, and reviewed by Educational professionals. Schools can incorporate online courses into their curriculum. Quality e-learning programs are designed to engage children at an appropriate level where they can obtain a wealth of knowledge.

E-Learning lessons are commonly designed to assist students with working through information for better understanding and to help students perform specific functions. Information based e-Learning content communicates information to the student. For instance, content such as math, sciences, and history, focus on the factual information. With performance functions, lessons include the students performing a specific skill.

E-Learning can provide a number of benefits for students, teachers, and parents. It can provide a quality education at an affordable price. The students will acquire the best information from experts in the field they are studying. E-learning is also self-paced so students have the chance to ask questions and review information as many times as they want or need. Teachers can work with their students on specific skills and children can access the self-paced programs independently.

E-learning programs allow students in rural areas that may be isolated to receive the same quality of information as more urban areas. Teachers can customize courses to meet the students and their teaching needs. They can also meet online with other teachers to discuss learning development strategies. Parents will also be encouraged to get more involved in their children's education. Corporations can also make use of e-learning by providing charitable donations to the schools such as computers and learning software.

E-Learning is basically Internet-facilitated learning. Mechanisms can include the distribution of content in numerous formats, as well as an online community of learners, subject matter developers, and knowledgeable experts. E-learning provides faster learning at reduced costs, increased access to innovative learning programs, and accountability for all those involved in the learning process.

More school boards are choosing to participate in e-learning programs. When they participate, they will have access to thousands of resources as well as valuable software programs designed to help students learn. With the world moving to a technology based way of working and living, the importance of e-learning has never been more important for both very young children and teens. Education must adapt to a technology changing world.

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