Even as an innovative educator, I was surprised to learn that online learning was occurring in elementary school. It seemed to me, at least in part, an answer to those who were considering home education for their children, but wanted support in getting started.
I had the good fortune to hear from Christina M. Narayan from Branson School Online, a first grade teacher who was doing this work along with her principal Leanna Walker-Christians
at a the Virtual School Symposium. The session was called, "CONNECTING...not just to the internet...but to your STUDENTS!
Here is what they addressed:
How do you "reach out and touch someone" when there's a computer in the way and your students and staff live miles apart? Branson School Online staff will share the C3 Model for engaging and motivating online students. Creativity, Community and Communication are essential for connecting to our learners. The 09 CO Elem Online Teacher of the Year and BSO Principal will give concrete strategies for easy application. You can still have bulletin boards, Buddy programs and even a class pet at your virtual school.
You can listen to the session here.
CONNECTING not just to the internet.mp3
You can view their presentation here.
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