Parents in Action: Online courses and your kids

In the United States, practically every school has computers access available for students. With this in mind, more and more schools are integrating online and computer-based courses into middle and high school curriculum. Making it a requirement for graduation. Like new teaching methods, online learning brings America's students into the forefront of learning but presents some challenges as well.

Whether parents agree with the shift in education, computer-based classes are here to stay. There are a number of reasons why you may want to engage your kids in online learning. Here are just a few.

Learning online is important.

Learning how to learn online will be increasingly important for students of every age. Whether it's in video chat, editing, or other areas, online courses push students toward effective communication through tech. And this will only help once they step into the workforce later in life. The future will likely hold many online options for continuing education and job training in most every field.

Learning on their terms.

The most cited benefit of online learning is the convenience and flexibility it allows for. Online courses rarely require students to do specific things at specific times. Rather, students have the power to do work when its right for them and fits into their schedule. They're a good choice for home schoolers and for students who are pursuing any activity at a level that requires significant commitment, like athletics and performing arts. No matter if your student is looking to get ahead, get caught up or earn extra credit, online learning is also available year-round, even during summer break. Like choosing a public school, many websites offer partnerships with local providers for FREE classes that earn students full credit.

Learning at their own speed.

Online courses are generally much more adaptable to the skills and needs of the individual rather than following the pace of a majority of students. In these classes, the pace of learning is set solely by the student. The type of playback features and the ability to return to concepts for review at their own pace also help make online courses more user-friendly for some types of learners.

Although benefits are to be had, the virtual classroom is not perfect. It tends to reward students who are strong readers and independent while neglecting students who require face-to-face interaction and guidance.

Online learning is here to stay.  And there are many reasons why it should.

Sources:

TBParenting.com
AcademyAtTheLakes.org
 

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