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May 3, 2012

High-schoolers use Internet to study what isn’t available in classroom

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Seventeen-year-old Kelley McKaig said she generally took her questions to the high school chemistry teacher.

“There’s not really been any communication with them at all,” she said of the online instructors.

And she has to watch some experiments on video rather than carry them out herself. Actually carrying out the experiments is different than watching a practiced chemist perform them.

“You learn and your data will be a little different,” she said. “Just doing the things will help me remember better than just watching them.”

And on the instructor’s side, online classes are great for connecting with motivated students, but it’s difficult for the instructor to make sure all the assignments are being completed as scheduled.

“I can’t monitor them all the time,” Pounds said during a session with Jamie. “I can’t sit in class with them every day, so I have to ask somebody there.”

Students say the opportunity is worth the struggles.

“I really like it because our school’s regular U.S. history teacher is really cool, and we get to talk sometimes about stuff that’s at a higher level,” Kaley said. “I think that’s interesting, to connect with the teachers about things they’d like to teach but can’t.”

• Sarah Einselen is a staff reporter for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5151 or sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com.

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