Online Learning in K-12 Classes
By Shane Jones
Online learning may be great for those past college age with a need for earning a degree. They can schedule classes around their jobs and family time. This can benefit them quite a bit, but those in lower grades may not get the same benefit as a college age or older student. Online classes can be good and they can be bad for those in K-12 classes.
There are benefits and there are drawbacks to these types of classes. Online learning is not as easy as it might seem, but it can also help with advanced students and those needing the independence to work on their own time. Here are a few of the benefits and drawbacks of online classes for K-12 students.
What to Expect with Online Learning
1. Lack of Structure
With online classes, students don’t get the structure they often needs. This can cause some issues if a student doesn’t work well on their own. Many students needs the classroom structure and a teacher there to help them every step of the way. With online classes, there isn’t much structure and some students won’t work very well in this type of setting.
If schools don’t have their computer labs set up properly, online learning can lead to distracted students looking at sites that have nothing to do with what they are supposed to be working on. It is very easy for a smart student to find a way to spend time on sites like Facebook, Twitter and other social sites.
3. Builds Computer Skills
One of the benefits of online learning is learning necessary computer and internet skills. These skills can help students prepare for college and for the different assignments they will take on that require internet research and other computer usage. .
4. Create a Sense of Independence
Another great benefit includes the independence students can gain from working on their own. Online class time offer exactly what a student needs to help bring out their independence. Not all students will thrive in this situation, but some will, and with the ability to work at their own pace, some students will get more work done in a shorter amount of time.
If a teacher implements online class time and allows students to work at their own pace, it can really help the student excel. However, some students won’t adapt nearly as well as others. It might be too much to allow your student to attend classes online completely, but some time online will help prepare them for college and entering the workforce.
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