On Friday, August 10, IIA hosted a webinar along with education organization iNACOL on the effect broadband has on education.
Participating were iNACOL’s Director of Policy, David Teeter, and Kwame Simmons, principal of Kramer Middle School in Washington, D.C.
For some background on Kwame Simmons’ plan for Kramer Middle School, see this report from the Washington Post‘s Bill Turque from May:
Educators are hoping that the interactive lessons will engage students below grade level, helping them to make up ground while teachers work personally with more advanced students. Dashboards will keep students updated on their progress and what they need to do to improve. It will also allow teachers to give more timely feedback and support in areas where kids are struggling.
About 70 percent of Kramer students are a year or more behind their grade level, according to DCPS. But principal Kwame Simmons said he believes students can gain 13 to 15 points a year under the new system.
D.C.‘s WJLA aired this report on Kramer’s shift to blended learning.
Courtesy of iNACOL, here are some U.S. online learning facts:
- 30 states have state virtual schools/initiatives
- 10 state have online learning initiatives
- 50 states have significant state policies
- 30 states and Washington DC allow over 200 full-time virtual charter schools with over 250,000 students (CER 2010)
- 30% of all employers use e-learning for training; in 5 years, it will be 50%
- More than 70% of school districts in the United States offer online courses to students (QED, America’s Digital Schools 2006)
- More universities are offering K-12 courses online
- MIT open courseware for K-12 students
- Stanford, Northwestern programs for gifted
K-12 Online Learning enrollments growing 30% annually nationwide with 50,000 in 2000 over 2.5 million enrollments in 2010-2011
A document based on the webinar “Back-to-School with Broadband: How Internet Technology is Transforming Education in America”
Broadband and Education: The Promises, The Challenges – PDF