Distance learning is really interesting. It is something that has the chance to be used in the classroom very often now with the emergence of all sorts of crazy technology. The learning responsibility is shifted away from the teacher and towards the student. The student becomes more responsible for what the learn, how beneficial it is, and how much they learn. The students get what they put into it. It also allows students to still learn if they miss school for an extended period because the majority of the learning is done online, and in class portion can be done collaboratively with GoogleDocs, etc. Technology has its perks and using it to aid education is something that can be huge.
As a teacher, I think the ideas of distance learning will become something I will use in the classroom. I like to think of myself as Tech savvy so I am beginning understand how a lot of this can be incorporated into the classroom. And if I can’t make the whole class in the flipped classroom model, it is my hope to be able to provide students materials for them to supplement their learning at home to help understanding or in case they missed class.
Two questions arose when learning about this. The first is how to get around the fact that some students don’t have the resources available to them to get access to a flipped classroom. What can I expect of that student? How do I grade a student who can’t access the internet on a regular basis? The second is how do I deal with students who don’t do the outside material? If they are in the classroom, the teacher presents the content and the student has to be there, but if they are at home, they may not choose to watch the videos or do activities and when they get to class, they won’t contribute to the activity in class. What does a teacher do about that?