Technology in our Lives
Technology has become an integral part of our lives, and online learning has also changed the way we complete many everyday tasks. For example, most people no longer depend on printed maps when driving. We have opted for GPS devices that will tell us exactly how much longer until we need to make that turn. While writing letters and mailing them still have their place in society, many of us no longer rely on them as a primary method of communication with our loved ones.
Students have been learning in physical classrooms for many decades. With the development and advancement of technology, a logical step would be to change the way students learn and elevate their education with technology.
Why Online Learning?
There are many benefits to online learning, but perhaps the most noticeable one would be the convenience of it. Online learning means no more commuting, which cuts down on travel time. Mom and dad no longer have to make the drive to take their child to their classes. No more waiting in front of the school for their kids to finish their classes. Students could access the same teacher and the same classroom materials from anywhere in the world. Students will no longer be restricted to certain classes or resources based on geographical location.
With recent health scares, many people are opting to stay home and to reduce their time in confined spaces. Many students are staying away from schools and other extracurricular activities. There’s always the concern that these students will fall behind in their studies.
The lack of educational stimulation at home could also be a concern. With online learning, the student is best placed to participate in a classroom environment within the comfort and safety of their own home.
Studies have been done to compare traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning. A study completed by the U.S. Department of Education (2009) found that classes with online learning “on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction” (18). These learning outcomes were based on the students’ scoring on “standardized tests, scores on researcher-created assessments, grades/scores on teacher-created assessments (e.g., assignments, midterm/final exams)” (U.S. Department of Education 12). Proshkova (2020) also found that online learning helps to “increase digital literacy” and allow students to “better pass final exams” (848).
Online Learning at Little Mountain Learning Academy
Here at Little Mountain Learning Academy, we have versatile resources and classes that are suited for both online and offline English learning. For example, our smrt curriculum (Fish program material, ESL program) works seamlessly online, but there is also the option to print out the curriculum if needed for the best outcomes for the student. With a device in hand, students can log in and access the same materials at home. In small group classes, the students complete their reading questions and other writing activities. The teacher watches, corrects, provides feedback, and makes suggestions live. Little Mountain provides dynamic, engaging, and live online courses. The students learn through direct visual and audio communication with the teacher, just like being inside a physical classroom.
Little Mountain Learning Academy offers many different online courses for kids of all levels and ages. We offer advanced English courses, writing tutoring, ESL writing classes, online ESL reading classes, and many more. To start studying English online or to learn more about our online English classes, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to provide additional information.
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