"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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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