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ERIC Number: ED426988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
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Low Cost Distance Learning Strategies for Educators.
Fries, Bedelia; Monahan, Brian
New technologies offer educators a lower cost, easier to access opportunity to use distance learning. The Internet, which has had a wide impact on education, has only recently become widely available and is much easier to navigate than in past years. Educational benefits for students using the Internet include learning materials posted on Internet pages, learning to work cooperatively, and learning to write correctly when creating web pages. Videoconferencing is another new technology. Within the last year, new technologies have made it possible videoconference over the Internet for a reasonable price. Until recently, only those in professional laboratories could turn photographs, sounds, and video images into digital files that could be manipulated by computer. Digital cameras that once cost thousands of dollars now cost hundreds. They are as easy to use as standard cameras. Many schools use digital cameras to create web pages. Digital images can be created by scanners at reasonable costs. As prices drop, schools must consider whether it is worth the expense to use technology, determining how and why the technology is important to them and whether the time it takes to integrate it into the curriculum is justified by the educational benefits. Use of the new technologies can naturally foster the kind of collaborative learning that is harder to achieve in other settings. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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