I’ll continue preaching the gospel of perfected technology in schools and why it should teach and teachers should assist. Just think about it, a typical classroom with circa twenty students or more. Some are attentive and many are not, even when they are eyeing the teacher.
Whether or not they are paying attention and fail to grasp a concept, it is not practical for instructors to stop and make certain that every single student understands before moving on to the next.
Technology can make certain that every single student understands. The really great thing about web-based learning is that students can utilize it both within and outside of physical classrooms. Let’s say that a student didn’t quite catch on to a concept within the hour or less time that they have in class, they could go home, to a public library, etc. and pick up where they left off. They could rewind the electronic lecture and listen to and/or read it as much as they’d need to. They would not interrupt the teacher or other students who’ve already caught on.
Schools and instructors needn’t wait for a major technology overhaul to get started with this. Instructors can video-record and/or podcast their lectures and upload them to their websites for the stated purposes.
Technology that allows students to practice answering problems and that would tell them whether or not they’ve gotten problems wrong or right and that would explain why* could also be incorporated into teaching/learning portals. *Traditional (printed) text books cannot do this for any random problem…
Teachers could also provide links to any electronic textbooks and/or other educational websites/resources with said capability on their individual or classroom websites…
Juxtaposed all of the benefits of technology in academia, children, young and older, are enamored by it, at least where it is entertaining. Designers of web-based core curriculum learning environments should invest care into making certain that it is.