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E-Learning The Educational Tool of the Future Our schools face serious problems including overcrowded classrooms teacher incompetence and lack of security Local education budgets hardly cover salaries books and paper Stoll 127 He goes on to say that computers cannot solve any of these problems facing our school system At least he was half right Computers can be used to compensate for teacher incompetence eliminate the need for most books and paper and can reduce the cost of educating a growing number of students with a shrinking supply of teachers Computers can be used to an even greater extent by teaming it with the Internet and using online education Online education has the potential to be used as a tool to bring education to a whole new population of students and provide easy access for those already in school In Stolls book he brings up an example of a teacher Professor Maria Domoto who teaches Japanese through an interactive video system to four different high schools 117 He continues to say that she cannot teach more than thirty at a time even with the interactive links because she loses the personal contact The part that he forgets to mention is that she teaches to four different high schools This would not be possible without the use of this interactive technology and would not be necessary if there was not such a shortage of teachers Stoll tries to argue the evils of online education by showing how learning first hand is much better than seeing it on a computer screen Once again Stoll is only half right If you wanted to learn about a thunderstorm you obviously would rather encounter a real storm than look at a picture in a textbook but nearly all information learned through modern education methods is through association The professor shows a student how to do something and then the student is expected to be able to apply
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