May 2012 • Volume 43 • Number 5 • Page 26-33
Video-Conferencing Technology Brings a Homebound Middle Grades Student to the Classroom
Educators and parents collaborate to connect a homebound student with his classmates using two-way video technology.
|*This We Believe Characteristics
*Denotes the corresponding characteristics from AMLE's position paper, This We Believe, for this article.
- Value Young Adolescents
- Meaningful Learning
- School Environment
Robin Y. Beeman & Caleb J. Henderson
Article Description: The middle grades are a time of transitions for teenagers. Attending a new school, developing new friendships, meeting new teachers and becoming more independent are all part of the middle school experience. For Nick, a 13-year-old seventh grader recovering from a bone marrow transplant, a normal middle grades experience seemed unattainable. Instead, it appeared Nick's first year of middle school would consist of a home tutor and minimal interaction with his peers. To foster Nick’s academic and psychosocial development during that year, his parents, school administrators, teachers, and instructional technology staff created a learning environment to allow him to fulfill his academic requirements and maintain relationships with peers.
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Robin Y. Beeman is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. E-mail: email@example.comCaleb J. Henderson is an assistant network administrator in the Marshfield (WI) School District. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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