ERIC Number: EJ723799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Online Learning and the Younger Student--Theoretical and Practical Applications
Musgrove, Ann; Musgrove, Glenn
Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, v2004 n1 p213-225 2004
The student population that is targeted for online learning has expanded to younger students. This article discusses the theory and practice of using online learning with K-5 students. When trying to adapt adult oriented distance education protocols for use with younger children a number of issues must be considered. These include differences in cognitive competencies and capacities, differences in how independent and autonomous the learning situation is, and differences in curriculum and goals of the educational process. As an example of good practice an online music class created and implemented for third, fourth and fifth grade students is examined. Specific examples of how to adapt distance learning to younger students are shown. The online classes were created using WebCT as a partial requirement for a Master's degree program in Education at Florida Atlantic University. The music class and three other classes all created for students in K-5 are available for review on the WebCT Internet.
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary Education, Online Courses, Music Education, Distance Education, Teacher Education, Masters Degrees, Web Based Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Internet, Teaching Methods
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 500 E. Main St. Suite 902, P.O. Box 3728, Norfolk, VA 23510. Tel: 757-574-3227.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida