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.

2. Distraction

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.

 

 

Maggie Manion

Margie Manion graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. She taught for several years. Then went on to marry her college sweetheart. They have two beautiful boys who are the the center of their world. Margie taught in the classroom for 4 years until she quit to stay home with her two boys. During this time, as a parent educator with the Parents As Teachers program ashe did a local parenting segment, weekly, with WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City. She is currently a frequest guest on FNC and is back in the classroom teaching 3rd grade in Liberty, MO, as well as promoting her invention and book (Zoom Spoon and "Zoom Spoon and Finicky Philip the Picky Eater" .

Margie wants you to know that, "I am very passionate about what I do. I know that parenting is the hardest and most important job in the world! I would like to reach as many parents as possible to help them to take extra steps to make their parenting experience a positive one! There is no such thing as the "perfect parent" it is an ongoing process and it is never to late to try something new!"
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