month I have harvested apples, plums and pears from trees in my garden. My refrigerator
is full of fruit that I try to give to family and friends whenever they
stop in. I have tried new recipes and old favorites. And then
there is the flower garden where I have spent an inordinate amount of time
planning for an expansion next Spring. It is so relaxing to
spend time in the sun and feel the soil beneath one's hands.
There is such pleasure in work that reaps such a beautiful reward
throughout the seasons.
We have been in
conversations with persons who are desirous to market online learning
from the U.S. to nations such as China, India, Egypt, Indonesia and
the Philippines. While we have served individuals from most
countries of the world, we would like to see more inroads into these
markets for eTutor. We struggle to share a wider vision for what
online learning can offer all students. Common and traditional
biases surrounding the delivery of instruction continue to create
most parts of the world. We need to put aside outdated concepts and
embrace what technology can do in educating our world's students.
It is hard to believe that
we are on the cusp of another new month. There always seems to
be a lot of planning in September as we get ready for another season
of cooler weather. Our coffee group has started up after a summer
hiatus. This year we will meet every other week to share our
comings and goings. It is fun to see connections
made and new ideas for gatherings.
And then there is our book
club, the Happy Bookers. This is the time of year when we choose
books for the entire year. You can imagine there is much jostling in
selecting favorite books that will challenge our thinking and engage
us in reading something we might
not have otherwise.
Today I had a lovely
surprise in my mail box....a handmade greeting card from a dear neighbor
before I made a leap to the West. Every once in awhile I get a
lovely handmade greeting card from her....I must have ten years worth
of the beautiful cards,
which are too precious to throw away. I have them displayed on
several antique toast holders throughout my home. Visitors love
to go through the cards and marvel at the workmanship
and delicate nature of each card. It's just such things that brighten
our days and bring joy to our
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Learning with eTutor
Parents are important
to the success of student learning with eTutor. Since we cannot
be at the side of a student using online learning, it is important
that a parent or another adult be their to reinforce the learning and
skill building that is taking place. While it is not necessary
for the parent or adult to do the instruction, it is necessary that a
dialogue take place between the adult and the student. We
suggest asking questions, such as, "What did you learn by doing
this?" "How could you have done this
differently?" "Explain this concept to me." By
engaging the student in such dialogue it becomes readily evident
whether the student has studied the concept taught in the lesson
module and understands it. Students who cannot discuss
what they have learned should be encouraged to go back and restudy the
Some students may
reject this idea, as they may have done well on the quiz and exam
section of the lesson module. Your student may be very
successful at taking multiple choice tests. Some students have
even figured out how to beat the system. When we review student
progress we are often able to detect when a student has not spent
adequate time in the learning phase of each lesson module. It
often comes as a shock to students, and sometimes parents, when these
scores are rejected on progress reports.
studies have shown that parents who are actively engaged in their
student's learning are apt to be more successful in their learning
experiences and beyond. Parents or another adult are important
to the success of student learning with eTutor.
edit eTutor instructional content to make it more adaptable for
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
We are happy to report
that we are recreating LessonPro. You will still find a template
in which to create your incredible online lessons, but it will be much
easier to use. You will still be able to create your lessons in
languages other than English. And, as always, you will be able
to share the lessons you create with your students or
others. We are hoping
to launch the recreated site by next month. This is your chance to inspire
your students to really delve into the concepts or skills about which you are
teaching. Interesting topics from LessonPro this
- Phases of the Moon
- Narrative Text
- Listening Even When You Know More
- Force and Pressure
- Motion in One Dimension
- Exploring Themes in To Kill a
- Vedic Math
Launched in 1999, many of the best
lesson modules in the eTutor Lesson Bank have come from writers who
have used LessonPro.
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Natalie Babbitt
Grades: 3 - 7
Megrimum lives atop the Kneeknock Rise, howling on stormy days
and nights. In the small town of Instep stationed near the foot
of the "mountain", no one has seen him but all are
weary, taking precocious measures. For thousands of years, and
for a thousand more he will continue to live atop Kneeknock Rise
and the villagers will continue to live in fear.
brief, yet profound tale teaches the power of stubborn belief,
and people's unwillingness to change their long-held worldviews,
no matter the facts to the contrary. People naturally tend to be
highly skilled at explaining away any ideas contrary to their
own deeply-held beliefs, and this book teaches this truth quite
1971 Newberry Honor
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
has been much interest in how eTutor
Unplugged can serve the students in various
situations. Whether 5 or 5,000, eTutor Unplugged offers
exceptional learning for students where ever they may want to
access learning. The program is ideally suited to tablet
computers, smart phones and other hand-held devices.
Try a few of the student
lesson modules and let us know your comments.
Meaning of "e"
Online learning is
often referred to as e-learning, e-tutoring, e-school or some other
e word referring to the teaching-learning process.
When we began working with internet-based educational
programming, over ten years ago, we considered e to stand for electronic.
However, over the years, we have refined our thinking and
believe that e now stands for much more when referring to online
Online learners use the Internet as a tool to access an
abundance of information and resources.
Online learning offers the student a total learning experience,
from synchronous learning to threaded discussion to self-paced
Online learning captivates learners by providing for creative
approaches to the teaching/learning process that foster
collaboration and a sense of community.
of Use The Internet provides content easily accessible for
students, parents and educational providers across all technical
Online learning puts the student in the drivers seat with a
set of tools that enables personalization of content and allows the
learner to choose the way in which he learns the best.
Creativity in Learning
institutions whether traditional or nontraditional struggle with
establishing instructional programs that are accountable without
undermining creativity in the teaching and learning process. It has
been observed how students can become frustrated with their online
courses; "the monotony for students towards the end of a 30-hour
program is obvious." It is tragic when education lacks
relevance and fails to generate positive learning experiences.
been frustrated at the emphasis on 'rationality' at the expense of
creativity." Cognitive psychologists are recognizing that
critical thinking and creativity are connected to an individual's
passion for a subject. There are emotional elements in the creative
process such as the decision to take risks.
are students not taking more intellectual risk during their course
work. One researcher argues that students have not been given adequate
instruction about how to assess risks and they fear the possibility of
failing grades which causes them to "play it safe."
The best course is helping students to take sensible risks and
instructors, then, rewarding their risk taking.
All learning should be highly interactive. In online learning
should not have long passages to read, or long videos to watch.
Students should do something meaningful every few seconds. Without
this we have a deadening effect on creativity for many
2. Learning should continuously adapt to the individual learner.
3. In the adaptive environment students can discover much of their
knowledge individually. This is a giant step toward creativity. It
should begin with very young children.
The greatest ability is dependability.
Joys and Pains of Parenting
No one ever said that parenting is
easy. Parenting means giving unselfishly when you are exhausted.
It means buying your children new shoes while you go without. it means
going by someone else's schedule. It means staying up late and not
being able to sleep in. It means sharing everything....your
money, your food, your makeup, your socks. It means looking out
for another's welfare. When your children are babies it seems as
though you pack up the entire house just to go to the grocery store,
and when they are older you drive them to the movies, but they won't
sit next to you. Some days they
won't leave your side, but other days, without knowing how, you
embarrass them, and they refuse to be seen with you in public.
You strive to be a good parent and you know the difficult journey you
face and what rewards it will bring. It means you can watch with pride
your child's accomplishments. It is wonderful to love your child.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford
for Children of Military
are many transitions military children must make when they have to
move from one school to another because a military parent changes duty
children often find it hard to assimilate into new school situations.
It's a struggle providing continuity in learning when
going from one base to another and moving from one state or country to
another. It is a challenge
for military parents, moving children and then trying to decide which
educational program is best.
learning is a logical choice for military families who are looking for
continuity in the teaching-learning process for their children.
DoDEA policy provides for allowable
home-based educational programming expenses that include fees for
curriculum-related on-line Internet services, such as study programs
and distance learning. They
will pay tuition charges of on-line Internet instruction associated
with a formal recognized home-study course or other authorized
military homeschooling offers real-time learning in a vast number of
and topics for individual instruction. The best online learning
program provides students and parents the flexibility necessary for
true knowledge to take place. Most online instructional
programs provide a core curriculum that will prepare students to enter
schools, colleges, and universities in the
parents in all the armed services, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and
the Coast Guard choose online military homeschooling for their
children for many reasons. An accessible online instructional program
may be the one stable thing the children may have.
Their learning program will always be there.
Students do not
need to be time bound by their learning program. The
quality and range of instructional content determines the excellence
of online instruction. Web-based,
online learning gives students a unique opportunity to explore
learning and gain knowledge at their own level.
Online learning offers a way to stay ahead of the information
flow of an expanding knowledge base.
Military living has a
way of testing the idea of schooling because everything is so
this regard online learning is reinventing the idea of school.
The integration of knowledge is a personal process, rather than
a social process. By
viewing schooling not so much as a place, but the act of learning,
those who embrace online learning have forced us to look at a new
paradigm for schooling. Military
parents, who homeschool, recognize that acquiring knowledge does not
need to be a group activity, but is often more
effective as an individual activity.
using an online instructional program have an incredible advantage. A
child who is free to learn in his own environment, doing what he
loves, excelling where he can and seeing the world is a fortunate
child. Instead of feeling
the insecurity of moving, they have that strong unmoving foundation of
their online instructional homeschool program. They can thrive and be
free to learn and achieve no matter where they are in the world.
Much of traditional learning is based
on control; control was required for
a variety of reasons but mainly because learning was standardized and
therefore neither interesting nor useful to the learner.
Learning was standardized because it
had to be; there was no efficient
means of delivering personalized, inquiry-based learning to the mass
students in an industrial society.
But in the internet age, these
limitations no longer apply; it is possible
to deliver personalized, inquiry-based learning.
Therefore, standardization is not
Therefore, control is not necessary.
He who would leap high must take a long run.
Motion: The African-American Migration Experience: The
slave trade is the most well-known African American immigration story,
but there were eleven other voluntary waves of migration that shaped
today's black culture. With 8,300 images, 17,000 pages of texts, and
over 60 maps, In Motion (from the New York Public Library) tells the
story of those "voluntary movements of resourceful and creative
men and women, risk-takers in an exploitative and hostile
environment" providing a "new interpretation of African
American history." http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm;jsessionid=f8303410721411459536074?bhcp=1
Detectives: This companion site to the PBS television
series lets you do some of your own investigating. Along with
information about the current season's shows, you will find
information on how to conduct your own investigations, take quizzes to
assess your skills, and submit mysteries for consideration on the
show. There is also a thorough discussion of real-life
techniques used by people who research the past.
Adventure: Find answers to the eternal, fundamental
questions of physics: "What is the world made of?" and
"What holds it together?" The information on this site is
clearly presented and well organized, with fabulous resources for
teachers, including student activity sheets and links to particle
physics education sites. (This site uses Flash and Shockwave.)
One of the best and most successful online science learning
communities for K-12 students. This site engages students in a global
study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.
This website from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is chock
full of information about energy; from energy basics to forms of
energy, and from using to conserving. Visitors can go on virtual field
trips across the country with Energy Ant through engaging photo
journals, and teachers can find lesson plans, guides, links, and
suggested ways of using the website in the classroom.
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