Mobicip App Recommended in "Lorrie Thomas on Online Education" published by OurBlook.com

MOBICIPNEWS on February 02, 2011

OurBlook published an interview with Lorrie Thomas about Online Education.  Thomas shares interesting opinions and feedback regarding the advantages and disadvantages of Online Education.  Thomas is a writer, educator, speaker and CEO of Web Marketing Therapy. We are happy to feature a section of the article on our blog.  To read the complete article, please visit OurBlook: http://www.ourblook.com/Future-of-Education/Lorrie-Thomas-on-Online-Education.html

Are the advantages and disadvantages any different at the K-12 level?
LT: The advantages and disadvantages of a college to elementary/teen level are different for teachers and students. The facilitated learning approach still holds, however, online teaching for young students requires parent and teacher involvement. I am finding that web classes are more for adults, and elementary schools are doing more with mobile devices like iPad, iPod Touch and iPods. Advantage: Younger learners are fast to adopt the technology where a lot of adults can't handle the new tools. Biggest disadvantage is web security ... adults can navigate the web, where younger learners can accidentally hit sites that are inappropriate. K-12 schools use www.Mobicip.com, the No. 1 web security technology to enable web learning. This allows them to still view YouTube videos, but not hit content that is not age-appropriate.


The city of Detroit may have to close half its public schools and see an average class size of 62 students in its high schools. Would online education be a wise alternative to ponder here? Can you teach more students at a time effectively with online than the traditional teacher in the room method?
LT: Online education for young students requires parental supervision and MUST have safety technology like www.mobicip.com to safely enable online learning. I feel for the teachers and students in Detroit, however, I see an opportunity to pioneer larger classes with new education styles. I envision creative classrooms where there is more group work (a critical skill for young folks to have) and I see distance educators steaming in video classes that can be taught in assemblies. This is a beast of a shift, but can be done if there is a strategy in place to manage it.