In schools without enough excellent teachers working in person, excellent remote teachers teach students in larger-than-usual group sizes (staying within reasonable class-size limits), and schools pay these excellent teachers more. Students may be co-located (e.g., interacting as a group with a live teacher on large screen with two-way cameras) or not (e.g., interacting from multiple schools with a live teacher using webcams or online whiteboards). In-person monitors are required. Reach Effect: approximately 10%–40% more students reached with excellent teachers.
Picture the possibilities for remotely located teachers
If you find this sort of teaching hard to envision, Grand Rapids, MI, physics teacher Andrew Vanden Heuvel has an exciting video to show you how it’s happening now—through his virtual field trip to Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider as the first person to teach a science class from insider the collider’s tunnel (and one of the first to bike through it!). As Andrew says on his blog about the trip, “It’s not about the technology, but what you can do with it.”
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