For private schools, how important is keeping up with cutting edge technology? Is the use of online courseware and blended learning environments a testament to the quality of a school’s education system?
The private high school I attended was certainly not known for its facilities. Our computer lab was a small, anciently-equipped place, and there was certainly no online courseware to be found. But times are changing, and with a faltering economy affecting families’ pockets, private schools are marketing themselves more competitively.
For instance, Avonbourne Business and Enterprise College, a girls’ secondary school in the UK, now boasts a high-tech virtual reality studio. The studio includes a video conferencing center, a projection room, a laptop suite for online courseware, and various virtual learning experiences. Using 3D glasses, students can explore a virtual Tudor town or study the movements of a volcano. “The world is changing,” says one Avonbourne educator, “and we need to respond in how we’re educating our children today.”
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