In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers

From the NY Times (January 17, 2011):

“On the first day of her senior year at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Naomi Baptiste expected to be greeted by a teacher when she walked into her precalculus class. ‘All there were were computers in the class,’ said Naomi, who walked into a room of confused students. ‘We found out that over the summer they signed us up for these courses.’ Naomi is one of over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools enrolled in a program in which core subjects are taken using computers in a classroom with no teacher. A ‘facilitator’ is in the room to make sure students progress. That person also deals with any technical problems.”

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