Should we let students opt out of face-to-face education?
Respondents engaged in a lively debate centering on the
importance of collaboration skills, both online and in person.
Students should definitely opt out of
face-to-face education if they are of
average or above average intelligence,
have parental support, and have thoroughly investigated the online options,
including program certification. The
face-to-face socialization issues are way
overstated, especially in urban areas.
Instructional Technology Coach
Grand Island, New York, USA
The More Options, the Better
How nice would it be if students could
attend F2F, work online, or do a combination of both? They could use pseudonyms and change their profiles at will
depending on how they felt that day. I
have been trying to build some of this
into my PhD research using a combination of social media. In my classes, when
students are online, they often do not
know which student comes from which
class, how old they are, or what year
they are in. Some have indicated that
this could eliminate school bullying.
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Pay Attention to the Right Things
We should not impose unnecessary
limitations on students by further constraining their educators by applying
arbitrary standards and relegating them
to part-time social police. We should
focus on creating rich, dynamic learning
environments that take advantage of the
full range of technologies available to us.
Head Media Geek
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
To Each His Own
Shouldn’t we be thinking in terms of the
individual, not the masses? Some students are successful in a F2F setting, but
they may surpass our expectations in a
different environment. Some require F2F
instruction to accommodate their learning styles and preferences. But it is not to
a student’s advantage to deny them the
opportunity to explore another avenue.
Such choices encourage students to take
ownership of their own learning.
After-School Program Coordinator/
New York, New York, USA
Why Not Blend It?
I suppose there could be an argument
that project-based learning and higher-level thinking can be facilitated online
and not face to face, but a productive
society still has to interact with one another sometime. So why not blend it?
Director of Technology
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
School Is for Learning
After seven years as a virtual teacher,
I can say that I know each of my students in ways that I never knew my
brick-and-mortar students. I cannot
think of one “socially awkward” student
in all of these years. Most of my students
are often more confident, strong minded, mature, respectful children than
their brick-and-mortar peers. They are
able to come to school to learn without
the peer pressure and distractions.
Sixth Grade Virtual Teacher
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, USA
Time for a New Model
They are not paying attention to the
sage on the stage anymore. Put the same
lecture or lesson online. They can tune
in when they want and replay when they
need to. Dissolving discipline problems
alone makes it worth it. Let them play
sports and games for socialization.
Comment on the ISTE Facebook page
Better Than the Real Thing
Online learning environments are no
longer a one-way portal of learning but
have evolved into multidimensional,
interactive environments. Online learning can reflect the real world more than
traditional F2F learning by allowing
students opportunities to collaborate
with others from various backgrounds,
exposing them to a variety of perspectives that reflect the workplace.
Nederland, Colorado, USA
Focus on the Learning
I know my online students better
than I do my F2F ones. I see my F2F
students for less time (I’m a special-area teacher) and spend precious
instructional time dealing with discipline and social issues. But in the online classroom, most of the discipline
is handled at home, so I am able to
focus on the student as a learner.
Computer Science Teacher
Aberdeen, Maryland, USA