Friday, July 9, 2010

Online School Solutions

I grew up in Public School most of my life but was never really challenged. Because of my young age, I wasn't allowed to skip grades and was often bored doing classroom lecture and was never challenged to reach my full potential in the classroom. In High School, I was finally able to enter a private program where I could finish my degree on my own and at my own pace. I graduated with a 4.0 g.p.a. at the age of 16 and continued on to get my Bachelor's Degree and am now working towards my Masters Degree. I have researched online programs for several months now for potential programs for my own children and I was so excited when I received an email to review Online School Solutions, a division of KC Distance Learning.

When I first visited Online School Solutions, I was prompted to click on my own state to find an online school for my area and I was able to find the Keystone School here in Ohio. With over 120 courses, students can attend high school full time or they can attend part time as a supplement.  There are certified teachers available to assist students which is really a great benefit as most online programs don't offer any professional assistance to students in need.

Did you know that today's generation is known as the iGeneration? I have never heard of that but according to the email I received, the iGeneration is the first to crave and benefit from education "on demand" or in other words, the option to choose when, where and how they learn.  It makes sense. This generation has been raised on computers and on the internet so it's a no brainer that this generation would do so well with online learning.

Additional information that was shared with me:

Taking classes online is one way to give middle and high school students (and their school districts) new options to learn using preferred tools in a familiar environment, and even experience enhanced, one-on-one relationships with educators. Whether they're in need of more assistance, looking for wider range of classes or simply prefer to learn in a medium that they have grown up with, online learning can be a great way to fit your child's needs.

Students are increasingly able to take online classes in partnership with their local school districts. Schools facing budget cuts and a reduction in teachers are turning to online classes to supplement their curriculum, from offering classes for which they have no teachers, Advanced Placement® classes for students who excel, and credit recovery options for students who struggle. In fact, today there are 1 million children learning online, either part time, full time or between school terms. Additionally, more than 20 percent of schools and educational institutions around the country offer online classes today, and that number should grow by another 30 percent within a couple of years, according to industry research. (Simba Information).
A recent survey found that compared to traditional learning environments, online learning is proving to be an effective way in teaching today's "iGeneration" who live in a world of customized and instant feedback. Here are highlights from the survey:

72% of online students spend three or more hours on homework per week vs. 56% of students in traditional schooling.

54% of online students get more challenges when they are doing well in school vs. 49% of students in traditional schooling.

58% of online students get more help when they fall behind vs. 40% of students in traditional schooling.

Online students have more interest in attending a four year college after graduation than students in traditional schooling. 78% vs. 67%

I was able to check out some of the curriculum and was definitely impressed.  I am going to keep them in mind as our children's learning needs change.

* This is  my honest opinion. I was given a gift card to compensate me for the time I spent writing my review but that did not sway my opinion in any way

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