Online Learning Update

October 13, 2011

Great Online Teachers Have to Be ‘Radical Collaborators’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

In Pennsylvania, cyber charter schools are popping up all over the commonwealth. These schools give students more education choices. And that’s what Gov. Tom Corbett wants. Palisades School District wants to be one of those online choices. This year, Palisades High School in Kintnersville started a cyber academy with district students and teachers. Director of Online Learning Rich Kiker said he hopes to show other school districts that they can create their own online schools. And district teachers play an important role in this process. Rather than outsourcing instruction to teachers in other states, Palisades Cyber Academy has six teachers from the high school each teach a core course. That way students in the community can talk to their teacher in person. Traditionally, educators teach for three of the high school’s four periods. In the fourth hour and a half block, they have a duty and prep period. The Cyber Academy instructors will teach in-person classes for two periods and use the third period to develop high-quality online content and communicate with students in their online courses.

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