This is the age of technology. Technology has rapidly revolutionized our
daily lives, whether at home, work, and/or school. It has even allowed
the classroom to enter the home for both teachers and students. Online
K-12 education has grown in popularity over the past several years. Over
half of the states now offer online schooling options.
learning is a concept many have embraced. However, some question it's
validity. Online schooling is an alternative to the traditional school
setting. Just like traditional schools, some online schools are public,
tuition-free institutions, while others are private and require students
to pay a tuition. Public online schools are either run by the state or
by a school district; which means state run online schools are funded
through the state government, and the district online school programs
operate primarily on public funding. Public online schools usually
supply students with a computer and textbooks- and some want the
students to provide themselves with the necessary equipment. Other
online schools are run by for-profit companies or non-profit companies.
traditional schooling, online schools are staffed by qualified
teachers. Some even work from home themselves, or in an office building.
This provides a relaxed, safe learning and teaching environment.
individualized learning plans, student's needs are being met in an
interesting way. They have the flexibility to work on concepts that
trouble them for a longer amount of time, day or night, and have
real-time instruction by the teacher; either through web cam/chat room,
email, and/or phone. Regular communication between the students,
teachers, and caregivers is required for most programs to ensure the
student's success in their academics.
Success rates for students
who are taught online differ from program to program due to different
state requirements and the overall design of the program. However, no
compelling research currently being conducted that could provide an
interested family with the outcome data that they would use to make a
decision on a school, like student success rates. It is known, however,
that drop out rates are higher among online schools than in traditional
Online education is a great option for individuals whom
may not be physically able to attend a traditional school due to
medical reasons. Along with that, it's an opportunity to attend school
and hold down a job during the day. On the other hand, it is easier to
slack off if a particular student is not self-disciplined, or to ignore
Online schooling has been a success for
many; for others it has been a nuisance. With the number of students
converting to online schools increasing each school year, it will be
interesting what the next few years will bring for online schools.
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