Monday, November 13, 2006

Cyber Schooling

Education enters the 21st century.

A paperless elementary school classroom.
It's first period in Judy Herrell's fifth-grade class at Flamingo Elementary, and students are learning about the Civil War. But instead of a textbook, the children's eyes are glued to the computer screens built into their desks.
Via Joanne Jacobs, E-learning is also taking off at the college level.
More students are taking online college courses than ever before, yet the majority of faculty still aren't warming up to the concept of e-learning,
The idea of online courses at the college level is very appealing and something we're considering. But the notion of elementary children learning by Google or Dogpile isn't quite as compelling. Taking the time to read real books, what Charlotte Mason called living books is a valuable part of education that should not be lost in the computer age. The Civil War shouldn't be learned just by Googling to find websites. Children should be reading primary sources and the biographies of General Lee, or Stonewall Jackson. That's how history becomes alive. History is just a collection of stories of woven together by time. Through reading we learn more than just facts and dates. I like the way Rob Shearer says it,
Through history our children can examine men's lives and the choices they made and see the consequences of good and evil -- without having to pay the bitter prices charged for those lessons by experience. The place to begin doing this is with the history contained in the Bible.
The computer can help in that effort, but I hope we never get to the point where it replaces a good book in the hands of our children.

How do you use the computer and technology in your homeschool?

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