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Technology Counts: Challenges and Opportunities with Online Learning

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March 23, 2011 08:46 pm

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Check out this video from Education Week’s Technology Counts 2011. It explores a partnership between Edmunds Middle School in Burlington Vermont and the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. The pilot program, called i-LEAP, is designed around technology and personalized learning and aims to meet the developmental needs of young adolescents. The segment explores some of the challenges and opportunities to using technology on a daily basis in the classroom.

A Language Arts teacher at the school, Kathy Gallagher, explains in the video, “We’ve given them so many different options for doing things that sometimes it’s overwhelming for them and I think that there are some students who respond well to a very traditional, ‘Here’s your paper copy assignment. It’s due tomorrow at this time.’ That’s not always the way things happen around here but I think that those options really mirror the choices that they are going to have outside of school and that this is better preparing them to be able to navigate and organize.” Brent Truchon, a Social Studies teacher at the school, adds on, “The drawbacks are perhaps they are not as focused as we once were. But I think the positive is this is the medium in which they are going to operate for the rest of their lives and they are getting good at it.”

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