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ONLINE VIDEO CLASSROOM
by Thomas B. Albright*

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AbstractThe "Classroom" can greatly improve education throughout the world for less than one-fourth of present costs. The students may see and speak to each other, but not touch. This avoids problems. The need to read to learn will be mostly eliminated. Social and exercise needs for students can be provided elsewhere. Guest students from other nations can be included.

Discussion

The present educational situation and the projected ones are replete with problems. These myriad situations are far too numerous to mention. Available books, together with a study of the situations, indicate that the 1940s predicted deterioration of classroom education was correct. The pace accelerated with governmental participation that began in the 1960s.

Major problems will and do include the facilities, quality of instruction, administration, adaptability of learning plus retentive ability, the consequent grouping for improved efficiency, security, medical care, and, costs -- above all.

Description

One or more students will have a video camera on top of a monitor/transmission set for viewing. Students will be able to see themselves in an OLV Classroom with other students. The top of the screen will generally have three inset images. One will be the full classroom -- likely no more than 12. A second may be an image of a participating student. A third will be either the image of an outline instruction for the class or one of an instructor. Thus, an interactive real-time method of study will be available via the Internet. A master website will be assigned to a school district for local control. Individual class websites will be subsets under the control of the master web.

The instructional format may use a 3-part outline method of instruction, named A Method of Teaching Using LINKS OF LEARNING. The spatial separation of thoughts for learning will replace the need for fathoming and translating sentence structure. The left section of the links will outline elements such as situations, conditions, and/or causes. The center part of the links will outline procedures, processes, events, and/or happenings. The right part of the links will outline consequences, results, continuations, and/or effects. The spatial separation, together with the outline words, will enhance intellectual intake and memory retention.

The sets of links may progress from a summary presentation down to successive levels of detail, start with the detailed as desired, or as appropriate for individual classes.

The data gathering, collecting, and testing in the Video Accumulated Classroom may use a Classroom Listening And Scoring System. This system may score student answers to True/False and multiple choice questions, as well as give periodic, on cue signals to indicate awareness. In addition, narrative inputs may be required within a prescribed time period to suggest sole participation. Student inputs may use a kneepad signaler or a keyboard. A local counselor at large will be available to visit problem locations, somewhat similar to truant officers who monitor attendance.

The classroom may use an automated, video CD that presents visual and audible instructional material; may use an instructor with visual aids; may use an instructor alone; actual laboratory experiments; or mixtures of them. The website director shall have the option of choosing between views of the total group, the group with instructor, instructor only, experiments, or individual students for transmission to the individual monitors. Additionally; split views of two participating images, to show interaction, may be selected by the director. The instructor shall have an illustrative video aid that may be remindful of the long-ago used slate. The instructor shall have the capability to negate any transmission by an unruly student.

An alternate way of instruction may use one of the better students in the class ? such that the class can teach itself. The usual manner of instruction is so incremental and gradual that the best student may be a better instructor than many career instructors.

The Online Video Classrooms should have a phased introduction in certain areas to include relative need, costs, and capabilities. A preliminary website resides at http://onlinevideoclassroom.com.

OTHER MATTERS

A director function selects one of the three (or more) images to expand for the main screen. The average-to-best students can serve as their own director to select the desired main image. Others may have a Central Video Director. The students will have the option of having two-way live voice communication.

The students will be approximately matched in some manner to achieve maximum efficiency. Considerations may include levels of accomplishment, intelligence, retentive ability, and age groups.

A fantastic advantage will be available for language classes. Imagine one or more students from a nation, appropriate to the language of study, who participates with the class. This ability is immeasurable with regards to learning the actual local language and customs, as well as promoting world peace.

The present day contention is that Home Schooling, from its own sense of dedication, brings forth increased ability in matters of scholastic achievement and classroom attention. One criticism is that they lack the experience of diversity. It is proper and desirable that students enter societal life with both physical and mental nurturing by their parents. Social diversity may be achieved with the option of letting students select classmates from different places, to include nations, as well as in matters of separate concern. In addition, local facilities may be readily available for social contacts, as well as physical exercise. This has been addressed in Home Schooling.

About the Author:
Thomas B. Albright — Recent activities have included work for a World Language called Wurlang(tm).  A 512 page dictionary has been completed that is awaiting larger sponsorship publication.  A beginning Grammar and Communications book is near completion.  An exciting means of new diacritical or pronunciation marks propels this language to be a simple adaption of English as a reference.  The dictionary listings are phonetic.  The words are listed by sound, rather than by spelling.  He obtained engineering degrees from the universities of Oklahoma and Texas. As a naval officer, entered Tokyo Bay in August 1945 as a part of the initial Occupation Fleet in Japan. Began work in 1947 in the first year frontier of petroleum exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. Changed careers in 1956 to Aerospace Technology. Worked on a great variety of programs to include the Lunar Logistics Vehicle, Solar Array Satellite, and Mars Lander. His work also included saving $21 million for the Air Force on the Minuteman Missile Program. Has written a total of 9 books in retirement to include: 21st Century Blueprint; 21st Century Turfs, Powers, Solutions; history, and a Math book. Several English books were written with the objective to "Start Simple; Avoid Confusion". Universal English accomplished this objective to be the simplest world language of merit. Is President of The 21st Century Company. Website http://www.cleareducation.com presents the books and the web site http://www.tradebyenviroeconomics.com describes Ethical World Trade. 2201 Rockbrook Drive #1916, Lewisville, TX. 75067; 469-464-4742; futurethings@Yahoo.com

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