The Effectiveness of Learning Depends on Who is Teaching
What factor is more influential in crafting your child’s education: technology or teacher? Nowadays, technology opens the door to how students can learn, yet this can easily be mishandled and create barriers to education. Studies show that the effectiveness of education appears to have more to do with who is teaching the student than any other factor.1
Even though technology itself is a powerful tool, how and to what extent it is used requires wisdom, knowledge, experience, and the professional judgment of teachers when conducting their classes in the 21st-century digital age. Researchers discovered that the interactive nature of online learning, facilitated by warm and genuine dialogue, changes the way teachers and students relate to one another.2
The physical classroom design with the teacher located at the front of the room is giving way to an online delivery model that impacts each student on an individual level.3 This allows your student to have more teacher interaction since teachers can focus their attention instead of sharing the attention with a classroom of students. Online teachers also can address concerns individually which allows students to ask their teacher questions with much less anxiety than if they had to do so in a classroom setting.
Notably, online learning has the capability to provide equitable access to an accredited, high-quality education to students from urban and rural districts alike, as well as low-achieving students and students with learning challenges.
The most commonly discussed benefits of online school:4
- Enhanced communication. In online learning, students feel more empowered to share their ideas and are less afraid to pose questions to teachers. They interact with less regard to others’ gender, race, dress, and other factors.
- Accommodations of different learning styles. In online learning, materials are presented in different ways that benefit students with Attention Deficit Disorder and students who are anxious about the response time from teachers. Also, students may receive more one-on-one attention than in a traditional classroom setting.
- Unlimited access to curriculum and instruction. Online learning provides access to curriculum and instruction at any time and place. This provides students with a level of freedom that is unavailable in a brick-and-mortar school.
- Frequent assessment. In online learning, immediate feedback allows instructors to change their delivery of content, as well as focus on the weaknesses and highlight the strengths of each student.
- Access to teachers. Online learning allows a student in one location to “share” their instructors with students located on the other side of the world.
Why should your child learn online at Enlightium Academy?
Enlightium Academy has developed a unique, Christ-honoring school culture where collaboration, respect, faith, compassion, and caring for others are consistently and effectively modeled by teachers. Here is what parents are saying about our teachers:
- “As a parent, I understand that my gift mix does not include teaching math and English, so having strong teacher support was critical for our household.” (Parent of a 7th-grade student, Arizona)
- “Other factors outside of the major need to find a Christian-based education were the quality and affordability of the education; the different levels of teacher support was also important.” Parent of an 11th-grade student, Maryland
- “Helping a student that has an unusual issue and giving them the ability to learn.” Parent of a 10th-grade student, New York
4. Hassel, B. C., & Terrell, M. G. (2009). How can virtual schools be a vibrant part of meeting the choice provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act? Retrieved from http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/esea/title1/part_a/archive/