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Tips for How You Can Teach Your Kids Internet Responsibility

Your child is now at the age where he needs to use the Internet for school. Whether you want to get him a laptop, iPad or iPhone 6s, you need to teach your child the pros and cons of being connected to the Internet. With the presence of hackers and scammers, you must make sure your family’s information is safe.

Online Learning

by Dr. Martha Angulo

Online learning is often referred to as e-learning, e-tutoring, e-school or some other ‘e’ word referring to the teaching-learning process.
When we began working with internet-based educational programming, nearly twenty years agao,  we considered ‘e’ to stand for electronic.

However, the ‘e’ in such titles signifies much more when describing online learning. Consider the following:

Ten Traits of Quality Online Learning

by Dr. Martha Angulo

It is a difficult choice!  What do you look for when deciding on an online program or any instructional program for your child?  Online learning like all learning programs must be one that engages the student and motivates continuous learning.  When considering online instruction for your student look for the following to be included in each instructional lesson:

1. Introduction – a brief statement explaining the topic of the lesson.

Defining Outstanding Online Learning

by Dr. Martha Angulo

Are you considering an online learning program for your student?  An outstanding online instructional program will deliver broad, engaging curriculum content in major curricular areas that include many different subjects. Students should have access to all areas at their level. Upon entering the program the student should be able to choose the curricular area he/she wishes to study: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Science. Within the curricular area the student should be able to select subjects based on a recommended course of study.

Quick Response to Online Learning

by Dr. Martha Angulo

Have you noticed those squares of strange symbols on buildings, signs, in stores and magazines?  We are even seeing them migrating to education.  Quick Response  (QR) codes are used to provide information, show a website, view a picture and a host of ways yet to be discovered.  QR codes are similar to bar codes, but they can hold a lot more information.  Instead of requiring a bulky hand-held device to scan them, modern cell phones and mobile devices can scan them.

Online Learning - Changing Our View of Schooling

by Dr. Martha Angulo

The other day a neighbor visited me while I was working in the garden. She wanted to talk about the changes occurring at the local school. Comparing the education she and her husband received with that her children were receiving, she had determined that they were getting an excellent education. Both parents were pleased their children were learning "so much more" than they had.

Open Educational Resources

by Bruce Friend

Any parent of a school-age student, regardless of whether the student is in elementary school or college, knows firsthand that educational materials, especially textbooks, are expensive. 

A Winning Combination: Children, Computers and Time

by Barbara Frank
(excerpted from Thriving in the 21st Century: Preparing Our Children for the New Economic Reality)
Ultimately, schools have enough on their plates teaching children the three R’s; adding a requirement for insuring that children become computer-literate can often overwhelm even the best schools. So if children don’t learn to use computers in school, where can they learn this vital skill?

Distance Learning Trend: An Economic Model of Risk and Return

by Mark Keys

Motives for education can be fundamentally broken down into students taking an initial investment in hopes of high returns in the future. College students forego working now, and instead pay to educate themselves at traditional universities. This initial cost for investment has historically proven worthwhile to college graduates. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, those with a bachelor degree will earn $900,000 more than a high school graduate on average over the course of a lifetime (the gap widens to $1.3 million for a master’s degree).

“Unregulated” providers of online learning?

by Bruce Friend

A recent policy brief by the National Educational Policy Center entitled, “Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S. – Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation” suggests that private organizations who have entered the space of online learning have benefited from, if not promoted, an unregulated and unaccountable system of educating students.