It’s not hard to see that advances in communication have their advantages. They make for more convenient lives for all of us, giving us satellite TV, high-speed Internet and all of the amenities that come with each respective technology.
But don’t forget that satellite technology gives home-schooled students a wealth of learning that wouldn’t be possible even a few decades ago – and possibly a few years ago. Modern-day satellite dishes allow people cheap and affordable access to all of the information being broadcast around the globe, which means no home-schooled student ever has to worry about being left out of the loop.
In out of the way environs, satellite education has long been a staple. Cattle stations in Australia, and other places that cable and internet have not yet reached, the technology offered by satellite has been a welcome assist for many years. And it just keeps improving.
Why Distance Learning?
Why is it important to have the ability to receive information through a satellite dish rather than find the information out of a book? It’s a bit of a trick question, since getting information is just as possible through both media; one is not inherently better than the other. The advantage in satellite technology, however, comes when you realize just how powerful the technology is. Not only does it provide access to a number of educational channels, videos, and educational broadcasts, but the technology allows this access even in remote areas.
For example, consider that it’s even possible to receive educational video in the Grand Canyon, of all places.
With all of the educational content available in satellite broadcasts, it only takes a homeschool teacher willing to find the right broadcasts in order to open up satellite access to their students. In other words, satellite technology has become so readily available and affordable that there are really few obstacles left to widespread access.
What Kind of Programming is Available?
Before you start wondering whether or not most of the content on satellite TV these days is educational (for example, peruse the History Channel’s TV lineup to see if it’s really giving you the historical knowledge you need), remember that there are specially-made programs that target home education. For example, PBS YOU is a network that offers 24-hour-a-day programming aimed at distance learning.
It only takes a little perusing on the part of a home school teacher to discover all of the programs out there for distance learning. Many satellite companies offer these types of educational programs as part of their packages in an effort to reach more viewers and provide customers with what they want – and that includes homeschooling customers.
How Learning Can Be Done
Viewing satellite programming aimed at education is essentially the same as watching any type of educational video. If it is supplemented by critical thinking and study, these types of programs can really relay information that stays with students. Homeschool teachers can have their children review what they saw and heard and answer questions based on the information that was presented in the satellite programming. In that way, many homeschooled students may find that they have access to a wealth of knowledge that even many private schools do not continually open themselves up to, giving them a “leg up.”
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