Sunday, December 20, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Micro-schooling in the neighborhood and schooling online. What do classrooms cost?

Micro-schooling in the neighborhood 
and schooling online.
Division of labor  
Microschools (pod schools) are developing along with home schooling. They also take some of the load off the big box schools.  They can augment their teaching with online courses and microlearning.   This may be a winning combination for entrepreneurial educators.
The Empty Classroom
  • What do classrooms cost?
  • What else could you do with that money?

Back to the neighborhood school

  • One-room school (Wikipedia)
  • Micro-schooling (Wikipedia)
  • The one-room school had one teacher specialized in education and management of children.   
  • That teacher assigned work to each student and saw that they did it.  
  • At the elementary level it was obvious that children learned from what they did.
  • The consolidated school allowed specialized teachers for each subject.
  • That meant long trips, busses and long travel times.
  • It also encouraged the view that children learned from what they were told or read.
  • (They do remember some of what they experience that way, but probably don't learn how to use it.)
  • Micro-schooling supported by online teachers can give the best of both schools
  • The micro-school can handle a wide age range.  
  • Adult supervision is needed, but not for content.  
  • The adult needs to be skilled in managing children and tech.
  • Online instruction specialists can handle the content.
  • Online instruction can support thousands of students: Sesame Street
  • Online instruction can offer a choice of instructional methods
  • (If it is important to match learning styles, online can accommodate.)
  • The microschool can provide computers with needed security and maintenance. 
  • And it can provide good internet service with adequate bandwidth.  
  • All based on an established economic principle: Division of labour

After the break

  • Where would the money come from? 
  • What is currently available?
  • What about the "core curriculum"?
  • Will learning online prepare young people for future work?


Where would the money come from?

What is currently available?

Online classes


Field trips

Community of educators

Education online


  • Neighborhood schools need no bus rides and no major street crossings.
  • Neighborhoods will not ignore bullying. 
  • Microschools are hard to find and too small to attract the school shooters.

What about the "Core Curriculum"?

  • The core curriculum may demand the demonstration of a collection of skill sets.
  • The learning objectives will probably be expressed in abstract terms.
  • Impressive language about what the student will know or understand
  • How do we measure that?   More important, how do they measure that?   
  • They use machine-scored tests that are said to measure those things.
  • The large volume of tests demands machine scoring.  
  • As does the need for an "objective" measure.  

Teaching online


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