Sunday, July 02, 2006

are you ready for the revolution?

You're reading a blog, which means you already know how technology is changing the way people interact and learn. But are you ready to upgrade to a new delivery model?
Computer screens in homes across Washington will become classrooms on the first day of school.

Enrollment started last week for a new Washington Virtual Academy, an online K-8 public school in the Steilacoom Historical School District that's now available to students statewide.

"We are pioneers," virtual academy teacher Anna Shaw said at an information session in Lacey. "We really need parents who are going to take the ball and run with it. This is going to be a very important year for all of us."

State legislation passed in 2005 could pave the way for more distance-learning programs statewide.

The legislation broadened student eligibility to enroll in distance-learning programs. It also redefined how students could have direct contact with their certified teachers.

Previously, students in distance-learning programs needed to spend some time in person with a certificated teacher. Now, "direct personal contact" with a teacher can include talking on the phone, e-mailing, instant messaging and more.

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