It is certainly no secret that the Internet has become a powerful teaching aid in today’s schools – public and private, elementary and college. Adding to the power of the personal computers that entered classrooms just a generation or two ago is today’s worldwide network of interconnected databases and archives. So it should be no surprise to find, just a little bit (or byte) down the information superhighway from the post-graduate lecture on physics, an online class for special education.
There is room enough, time enough and interest enough for just about every topic under the sun, and special education is not just a college major or a job classification. To those who undertake the challenge of special ed, as it’s called, it is very much a calling, even a cause. And the teachers who hear this call, and take no this cause, get a double dose of help from the new education-oriented technologies.
When we talk about an online class for special education, we are actually talking about two different things, both of which are important. First of all, there are resources online – from multimedia presentations to skill-building software to phonics and arithmetic lessons – that teachers can use in their curricula. Students in special education programs are just as interested in, and just as excited by, the Internet and its many wonders as any other students. There are many ways that a teacher could conduct an online class for special education students, whether the students were at home or at school.
On the other side of the coin, the teacher’s colleges in the United States are using the Internet just as much as any other educational institutions. For teachers working toward continuing education credits, or students still working toward their degrees, an online class for special education can be a great time- and travel-saver, as are all online programs.
The “talent pool” for teachers, as well as other professionals, has expanded right along with the growth of Internet education. The flexibility, lower costs, convenience and personalized pace of online educational programs has allowed many more people to get a college degree, a certificate in a trade or other life-changing education. And the availability of an online class for special education has helped both special ed students and their teachers, who play an important part in keeping America’s promise of opportunity for all.