I can see some potential in this system. I particularly think this would offer some nice opportunities for my 7th grade math students who come in for Additional Practice time. This is a time where I work one-on-one with students who need extra assistance, but I also have students come in who are driven enough to operate on a self-paced schedule. Such a system would lend itself nicely to their motivation level, as well as, give me extra time with struggling students.
My main concern is creating a system that aligns nicely to my curriculum. Are courses already created that teachers can pull from? If not, I would be hard pressed to have time to create my own that was worthwhile. When considering using this system in my AP class, I can’t help but get overwhelmed by the thought of how many different lessons I would have to create for the different skills being covered at this time. If lessons were already designed and fit my curriculum, I can absolutely see myself giving it a try. I also struggle to wrap my head around keeping up with student progress and making sure students are meeting class expectations.
In terms of future use, I can’t foresee this system fully replacing teachers. While it is a handy tool for personalized learning, it is a very hands-off, limited approach to teaching. As a learner myself, I can only handle so many videos, articles, and quizzes before I am bored; I can’t imagine a student following such a system all the time.
I also felt like building your own class would be a daunting task. I too liked the idea having a sight that students could work independently allowing the teacher time to give individual attention to students. I hope online learning never replaces a teacher.
I agree that this system would be nice for teachers who have students that need a more self guided approach. I think your comment about how this system could benefit a teacher who needs to spend one on one time with other students, while still needing to engage more independent learners!
I couldn't agree more. A system like this is very impersonal. There might be more topics that lend themselves to this sort of learning, I suppose. I can imagine we would need to teach students how to read online, which (at least for me) is very different than reading from a book. I find it much more difficult!
Creating your own course seemed like a huge undertaking to me as well. I thought it was a great concept to provide a place where children could work independently, giving teachers more time to focus on each student's needs. found it a great deal more challenging!