THE SKY HAS LIMITS ONLINE LEARNING IN CANADIAN K-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site
Author:
Paul W. Bennett Opening Paragraph: “Technology may be transforming the everyday life of Canadians and particularly the younger generation, but Canada’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) public schools are lagging in fully embracing the potential of the Internet and in integrating online learning into the public school system. Over the past decade, online resources, such as e-learning courses and programs as well as virtual schools, have either proliferated or popped-up in Canada’s remarkably diverse provinces and territories. Among Canadian educational authorities and teachers, there is a growing realization that online learning can be a powerful learning tool with the potential to expand educational opportunities and to enhance learning for students. At the elementary and secondary school level (K-12), regular “brick-and-mortar” schools are acquiring computer hardware and software, connecting them to the Internet, installing wireless networks, and offering in-service training in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to both novice and experienced teachers. Across Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, the infrastructure in most schools now enables Internet access, student portals, digital libraries, and networks that support laptops, handheld and other portable devices.”
Via societyforqualityeducation.org