Interactive Distance Learning in PreK-12 Settings: A Handbook of Possibilities

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The wide array of possibilities for interactive distance learning in today's schools can be daunting. This book will help educators make the transition from technology-based learning modalities and integrate elements of distance learning into the curriculum. With emphasis on Internet-based delivery formats, author Jan M. Yates presents the latest research and proven techniques for creating effective distance-learning opportunities that enhance student achievement. This guide is indispensable for anyone serious about distance learning.

Included are an introduction, models and examples of distance learning, distance learning settings, discussions of support technologies and their uses, evaluation of interactive distance learning activities, a wealth of information about Web sites, vendors, and useful materials.

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Interactive distance learning technology includes any technology that brings outside learning resources into the classroom. They can be delayed-time (audiopage, video, CD-ROM, etc.) or real-time communication sources (online chats, audioconference, virtual-learning areas, etc.). In this thorough overview, Yates has included useful information for teachers and librarians new to their use and veterans. Although the emphasis is on Web-based sources, others may also be applied. The author encourages readers to start small by introducing these resources into existing lessons as enrichment. Chapters detailing the background, models, and applications of interactive distance learning are included as are discussions of supporting technologies and evaluating activities. Since Internet addresses do change, additional descriptive information is provided so sites can be found more easily if moved. References are provided at the end of each section.-Jessica Foster, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088209
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN M. YATES is Program Professor, Graduate Teacher Education Program, Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University, North Miami Beach, Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Use of Interactive Distance Learning Technologies 1
2 Background of Interactive Distance Learning Technologies 13
3 Models of Interactive Distance Learning Activities 55
4 Interactive Distance Learning Settings 101
5 Interactive Distance Learning Technology Applications 117
6 Support for Interactive Distance Learning Activities 177
7 Evaluation of Interactive Distance Learning Activities 229
Afterword 265
Index 267
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