If you have read this blog for a while you know one of my favorite saying is that with online learning, once the teacher and student aren’t in the same room, it doesn’t matter how far apart they are. A teacher in one city can teach students from around the city, around the country or even around the world. While there might seem to be obstacles of language and culture to imped a truly international class, these will be solved shortly by technology.
I came across this excellent post from the Brain Pickings via Daniel Christian. It’s called How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World. It is a series of pictures of classrooms from around the world. It’s a fascinating concept.
So right now, if you are a public school teacher you teach the children in your local area. However, once you are teaching online that is no longer a necessity. For example, let’s say a parent wants their child to attend online classes with their cousins from another state. There is no technical reason why this can’t happen but it would give the school system a conniption. I have no faith that the public school system will be able to adapt to this new reality so it opens the door to a disruptive alternative. As I have said previously, the way this is most likely to happen is for the school system to do nothing.
Just another cloud in the oncoming Stormfront of change.