If schools go virtual, what happens to the role of the teacher?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by BioAngel, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Peregrin5

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    I don't think virtual learning would work well in science, art, or a lot of other subjects where you are developing skills that need to be applied to the subject (i.e. lab skills, art techniques, etc.).
     
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    Ooo! You should probably check out https://www.explorelearning.com/ for virtual lab experiments. My Physical Science counterpart uses this with our students, and they love it.
     
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    Yeah. Virtual labs are useful, but they really aren't comparable to actually doing the experiment in the real world, having to measure out the mass of objects using a mass balance, create the right concentration of solution, or measuring the volume of something. Tomorrow, we're learning about metallic bonding by using an electroplating solution, a circuit to electroplate a penny with zinc, and then using bunsen burners to meld it into a brass alloy.

    The type of engagement is just different. I think simulations are great things to do after students have experienced the real world lab, and they want to explore further or run their own experiments (of course I think running their own experiments would be better if they could do it in reality too), but I find when students do simulations, they don't always connect it to the real world.

    Simulations should definitely be used in conjunction with real labs, but they shouldn't replace them.
     

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