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A Day in the Life of an Online Teacher

I am old enough to remember when there were public meetings about whether or not to fund computers in brick-and-mortar schools. There is book that was originally published in 1939 called The Saber-Tooth Curriculum by Abner Peddiwell. It was required reading in my teacher training program.

Home Education and Language Learning in the World of Digital Technology

Why do people home educate their children? It could be because of inflexibility in a family schedule. It might be for financial reasons. Maybe home education addresses an area of learning that is not available in the local public or private schools. It could also be to allow a student to progress at a pace that is in-line with his or her unique abilities. But one constant theme that runs through all the theories behind parents choosing home education is that ultimately parents want to make sure their children succeed.

Public Education (Finally) Speeds into the Digital Age

Original article can be found in its entirety at the Huffington Post Education. 
What do mobile phone taxes have to do with public education? A lot.

The Importance of Culture in Amplifying Student Language Learning Online

In China, people have long held great respect for teachers. The philosopher Confucius was a distinguished scholar and teacher who believed that “education should be for all, irrespective of their social status.” If he were living in today’s world, which is dubbed the “global village,” he would probably add, “irrespective of their cultural backgrounds.”

Developing Second Language Proficiency Online

It’s the first day of school. The bell rings, the lockers slam. Students are dressed in the new clothes specially set aside for the day, and giggling and chatter fill the air. Teens scramble to claim the perfect seat, the seat they hope to claim for the year. The bell rings and the teacher is looking at twenty plus sets of eyes. Expectations are high. What are they thinking? I’m so excited to learn to write an email in Spanish.

The Pros and Cons of Digital Badging

As more opportunities for informal learning are available on the Internet, digital badging has become more prominent as it has received support from entities such as the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla and the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, the Internet has become spackled with digital badges, so you might be wondering what digital badges really are, what purposes they serve and how they might apply to learning languages and the Middlebury Interactive approach to language acquisition.

What Students Really Think About Learning Online

After writing about what it’s like being an online teacher, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes.
So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond.

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