Educational Technology

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ali Carr-Chellman, instructional designer, head of the Learning and Performance Systems Department, and professor of education at Penn State, discusses the cutting edge of educational technology in K-12 education--and how online learning can used to improve education not just cut costs.

Listeners: Do your kids take online classes as part of their education? Do you think it enhances or diminishes learning? Comment here!


Alison Carr-Chellman

Comments [10]

CaptainDrG from Amityville

Here is another review of the Robinson Self-Teaching Homeschool Curriculum:
Here's a link to Robinson's site:

Apr. 12 2011 12:20 PM
Kathleen from nyc

In NY times 3/31:

Some Rabbinical Students to Get State Tuition Aid:

Brian, have you covered this yet. This is somewhat outrageous, taxes dollars helping people become rabbis??

When it's used to help people become Imams their will be an outcry I bet, but not now...

Apr. 12 2011 12:00 PM
CaptainDrG from Amityville

Look into Robinson Home School. I met Mr. Robinson at a lecture in NY City and had dinner with him and a group from the audience. After his wife died, he had his kids self-educate, with materials he assembled. They then zipped through college and now run his home school company. I found a review at
By searching for:
Robinson Home School
He provides original reference works on CDs

Apr. 12 2011 11:47 AM
Nicole Palitti from Blauvelt, ny

Since we do not know what kind of jobs our children will be preparing for in 10 or 15 years, let's provide them with independent, creative problem solving tools. These can be learned without technology, yet can be applied to technology later.

Apr. 12 2011 11:42 AM
Vince from 11216

WNYC, like flame to the precocious child-moth.

Apr. 12 2011 11:41 AM
Jea from office

If that student does not like sitting in front of a computer for six hours a day, she will have a lot of difficulty in the private sector. And she should definitely avoid a job in the law.

Apr. 12 2011 11:41 AM
margaret haughey

Our math teacher for our 6th grade son suggested using an online course for extra - more advanced math - our son is very smart and his current math classis very easy. They sent us to a John's Hopkins program - but it is a fee to sign up for a test, a fee to take a placement test and an exhobitant fee to take the course. Are there any other options in NJ?

Apr. 12 2011 11:38 AM

All of those smart boards in my son's elementary school are just fun toys for teachers. This is the technology that can be cut. They need to keep computers, internet access and other program access fees so that students will be prepared for the future.

Apr. 12 2011 11:37 AM
Tony from Tribeca

Are pencils still being manufactured anywhere?

Apr. 12 2011 11:34 AM

Students need to learn to use technology for learning, not just play. For those going onto college, they need to be able utilize learning management tools for many of their college courses. Blended learning is the best.

Apr. 12 2011 11:32 AM

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