Each fall semester, I teach an online section of English 101; as a result, I’ve developed some pretty strong feelings about online teaching and learning. Regardless of my opinions, the trend toward online classes is something future teachers should watch very closely.
In a radical rethinking of what it means to go to school, states and districts nationwide are launching online public schools that let students from kindergarten to 12th grade take some—or all—of their classes from their bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Other states and districts are bringing students into brick-and-mortar schools for instruction that is largely computer-based and self-directed.
I won’t get on my high horse here, but, as Will Richardson points out, the Wall Street Journal has invested in companies that provide online instruction that many public school districts are using to outsource instruction.