When I hear people describe our complete curriculum product as “e-learning” I cringe, just a little. To most classroom teachers, e-learning is something that is a very poor replacement for a warm friendly classroom with a skilled teacher standing in front of a group of engaged students. Over the years, they’ve seen a whole lot of really awful e-learning from companies that decided they could replace teachers with some flashy graphics, a booming recorded voice and a lot of “NEXT” buttons for students to click.
Not so much. The vast majority of what is marketed as “e-learning” is about as helpful as a very poorly written textbook. There’s a photo or some clip-art, often with little or no connection to the topic, and a few boring paragraphs written by someone with a mail-order degree in Romance Languages from the West Bootstrap Community and Cosmetology College. The student tries to plow through it, then clicks next, and repeats.
Very, very little learning ensues. But it’s cheap. And you can do it anywhere, just like washing your hair. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Now, of course — I’m a bit biased. I think we provide something a little bit more useful than that. So today I thought I’d give you five examples of how a classroom teacher uses our curriculum product called “HealthCenter21” to improve the learning of flesh-and-blood learners in a brick-and-mortar classroom as they learn-and-improve their skills-and-knowledge. (Yes, really like to hyphen-and-nate.)
Immediate Feedback On Learning
Our content has short lessons that teachers can have students complete that take about 15 minutes, followed by a built-in quiz. The student gets a personalized dashboard that tells them exactly how they’re doing — both as a percentage of total possible points and a nice little red-yellow-green graphic. And they have a chance to review that content and retake the test until they’re perfect.
Read Or Listen
Every single word of content is available on the screen or through earphones. Studies show that some students do better reading, some do better listen, and some — particularly ESL (English as a Second Language) really like both. Hard for a teacher to write out every word while lecturing.
No Missed Classes with E-Learning
If a student is sick or absent, the instructor can easily have them review content during a study period or from home. Since the curriculum can be viewed in any web browser, it’s easy to access from almost any computer — anywhere. As are quizzes, resources, and test scores. Great for parents to see how things are going.
A Complete Course, Completely Flexible
While we offer a complete curriculum, unlike a textbook — a teacher can click and drag individual lessons into any order. Mix and match. And because it’s all digital, they can easily hide future content or lock content that’s been completed — if they’re a control freak like me.
Engaging Stuff Up On The Big Screen
Our curriculum is chock full (technical term, means at least 42 chocks per hour) of games, projects, graphs, examples, photos, explanations and all sorts of learning goodness. All of this stuff is available for the instructor to project up on the screen (or interactive whiteboard) at the front of the room at a moment’s notice. Have you ever seen what it looks like when they put a text book under their pathetic little 300-watt “document camera”? Nuff said.
So — stop right now, walk down the hall, and tell your principal (or whoever fills out all those forms) that you’ve just gotta move into the 21st century. Because when you go to teacher conferences the other teachers kick bits in your face.