Almost since we first heard about dial-up internet, adults have been taking advantage of on-line schools and courses to earn degrees and broaden their career choices. It was only a matter of time before this option of Internet schooling would be made available for children. Now a certified teacher can perform the job that she loves without having to leave the house.
Not bound by the school district their house falls in, parents are able to choose the virtual school they want their child to attend. Educators choosing to teach in a virtual environment have more options too. With no school boards or unions to contend with, an online teacher can focus on what he/she loves: teaching.
Just like with a traditional classroom, the teacher guiding a virtual one needs to be managing her class at all times. This can be done by enacting rules and policies that must be followed, allowing a sense of community to develop among the students, providing timely feedback, and interacting with the parents.
A mass notification system can also be useful in other ways to stay connected with your students' parents. DialMyCalls has the capability to send an automated teacher survey using their phone polling feature that will allow you to invite feedback from the parents. Ask a question, set the options for answers and send the message. In this way parents can let you know what they think of the curriculum or how manageable the homework is. You could even use this feature to help you schedule video conferences with the parent. They will be more responsive if you are offering them a choice in times.
Adjusting to the virtual school system will take time for teachers, students, and parents. This is a brave new innovation in education that has tremendous potential if managed correctly.
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