“The same forces are at work in K-12 education but to a lesser degree. Relative to college students, K-12 students obviously require greater in-person nurturing from teachers, parents, coaches, and others that the online experience can never hope to replicate. Thus, while online learning resources like Khan Academy are an excellent supplement for younger students, they are no match for the human touch.”
“More MOOCs for credit would be better. One challenge is authentic assessment. In-person testing centers run by Pearson and Prometric will be big players here until there is more reliability with online remote assessment.”
“The idea of the flipped classroom is gaining many adherents and publicity. One of the challenges, however, is that the flipped classroom assumes students can and will learn concepts outside the classroom by, for example, watching education videos at home. This may work for children whose parents are involved and make education a priority, but this is not the case across the board. So, one of the implementation gaps is how do you train / encourage parents to get on board.”
hp blogger Tara Chklovski on Jun 22, 2012 at 15:14:26
“definitely agree. we are trying to deal with similar issues.. how do you support self-directed learning, tinkering and exploration at home. one way to do that is with badges... the macarthur foundation launched an interesting initiative with lifelong learning badges (similar to girl scout badges - except digital). this maybe an answer.
but most definitely, the parents have to be on board.”