Virtual School Meanderings

May 12, 2009

31 Days To Build A Better Blog – Day 26

Still trying to get the last seven (six after this entry) activities from the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by ProBlogger Blog Tips completed.  So in Day 26 of the journey, Darren asked us to Improve Another Blog [Day 26 – 31DBBB].  On face value, you may be thinking that I’m going to focus on TADO – as I do highlight Darren Cannell’s work a lot on this blog.

However, today I’m going to focus my efforts on a different blog. “KABT BioBlog – Kansas Association of Biology Teachers’ News and Resources” first came on my radar screen back when we were completing the activities for Day 20 (see 31 Days To Build A Better Blog – Day 20).  For that activity we had to comment on a blog or two that we normally didn’t interact with, so I went out and did a Google blog search for virtual school and came across the following entry “So how does a Virtual School work?” and left a comment.  As I mentioned them in 31 Days To Build A Better Blog – Day 20 a trackback was also sent.

Well, the blog owner responded to my message and indicated:

I wish I had better remedies for this, but for now, our students receive micro-portions of lab materials and equipment, and conduct the labs on their own. This is an improvement over the old, computer-based virtual labs, but it does lack the collaboration that I feel is necessary for good science. Perhaps web cams and other online tools can fill that niche, or already do for some schools? I would like to hear more about this as well. I look forward to checking out your blog.

So, in an effort to improve upon this blog – and answer the owner’s question – I want to encourage you, particularly my online science teachers, to go to that entry and respond to the question:

What are some suggestions and or strategies that online science teachers use to handle students completing labs?

Thanks to all who take the time to help out.  I’ll also post this to the iNACOL forums and see if I can generate additional responses from there too.

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