“Now that Iâ€™ve set up my classroom collaboratively, I cannot imagine returning to a non-collaborative environment,” says online educator Smadar Goldstein. “And whether you’re teaching from thousands of miles away or sharing a physical space with your students, an online component can provide unique shared learning opportunities.”
Are students cheating when they read the work of fellow students in a collaborative environment and then incorporate the ideas into their own responses? Online teacher Smadar Goldstein prefers to define that as “learning.” But if you have concerns, she has suggestions.
International distance educator Smadar Goldstein has been teaching students in the U.S. and elsewhere online for more than 10 years, from her company headquarters in Israel. The connected world is finally melting down the traditional education mold, she says â€“ so what should school be instead? She offers some of her ideas in this PLP Voices post.
Do you use a Learning Management System? Because I canâ€™t function efficiently without them. Iâ€™m an online teacher. When I assign activities, itâ€™s online. When I give out readings, videos to watch, and other assignments, itâ€™s all online. Without an LMS, these assignments get messy. With students in different age groups, in different places and contexts, I cannot imagine how I’d keep track of what’s been assigned, when itâ€™s due, who’s completed it (and when), and where the email is they attached it to. For me, an LMS is one giant teacher notebook.
When an online teacher encounters eighth graders who don’t know much about online technologies, she has two choices: sneak out of the virtual room – or set about discovering what they ARE good at. Welcome to appreciative inquiry.