Today’s blog is a guest post from Amanda Peterson who is a contributing author at Enlightened-Digital.com. Amanda is located in New York City, and is a software engineer. She is passionate about education and enjoys sharing her expertise.
As the world becomes more and more connected via the Internet and devices, schools are embracing opportunities to teach their students online. Remote or virtual classrooms allow children to learn solely on their tablets or computers without having to go into a physical classroom. While some people are happy to embrace this new educational opportunity, others are hesitant. This article will consider the pros and cons of the remote classroom.
Positives of Virtual Classroom
The Internet brings together a variety of resources for teachers to enhance their lessons. At children’s fingertips are opportunities to learn from people located around the globe or the chance to visit museums in different cities. Teachers can source these materials from remote teachers or other schools.
Aside from different types of lessons, students also learn skills that are useful for their future careers. Through virtual classrooms, kids are understanding how to stay in touch via email or other direct messaging platforms, managing their own time, working remotely from the team, and completing a task on time. All of these skills, along with the daily use of technology tools, set children up for success.
Students can also set their own pace of learning through this type of education. Virtual classrooms are flexible, depending on the curriculum, which helps a lot of children. For instance, if a student can complete an easier lesson earlier in the day and then spend a larger portion of the day working on something that’s more difficult, they are able to spend a majority of their time improving in the areas they need it most.
Teachers have an easier time recording student progress via digital classrooms. Applications can track an individual’s progress through a specific class and flag when they might need more help from a teacher. Plus, these records make it easier for teachers to monitor progress on an individual basis with digital records for each student.
Negatives of Remote Classroom
Since students and teachers are not physically in one place together, remote classrooms do have negative effects when socializing children. The feeling of isolation can harm some students’s growth. Although kids have the ability to video chat or instant message one another, it is still lonely being at home all day with only an adult or caregiver present. Plus, chatting with other children their age and being around them is an important social outlet for kids.
Unless they are properly monitored, kids can fall prey to laziness when completing school work. Easy access to calculators or Google to look up answers can possibly lead to cutting corners or cheating on schoolwork. Without a teacher to regulate them, kids can fall into bad habits.
In today’s connected world there are still areas where Internet access isn’t the greatest or non-existent. Rural and remote locations can rely on dial-up or driving into town for a good signal. For kids who need to complete a project, this lack of connection can be a problem for both them and their parents.
Overall, the remote classroom aims to offer a new area of educational opportunities. While these classrooms provide increased learning opportunities and skills training, they can also make children feel isolated or encourage bad habits. Teachers and administrators should consider all aspects of education when exploring this new tool.