Friday, June 25, 2010

KC Distance Learning: A New Way To Meet Your Child's Academic Needs

I's summer and since school has finally ended, why am I posting about online learning?  Actually this is the ideal time to review this program since the areas that my child might need additional help with are fresh in my mind.

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.

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%

Take a moment to look at a demonstration where you can view the tools and technologies online students use to engage with their teachers and classmates. Click on the following link to experience how students engage with their teachers and classmates online, in a recorded session where students from around the country come together outside of class to discuss the results of the "iGeneration" survey with their teacher and hear their insights.

Also, to experience the robust curriculum offered by online learning, click on the following link - Once there, select the green button that says "view multi-media demo." When the demo loads, select media-rich curriculum to experience how online learning is effectively teaching today's iGeneration.

I watched the demo and was impressed with how engaging it really was! I initially thought that it would be dull and complicated to use but it was really very interesting and oh so easy to use. When I looked at all the types of offerings that were available to Sarah, who is a 10th grader, I was really blown away! Being able to choose the courses that she needed provides the type of flexibility that makes this ideal for home-schooled children as well.

Take a few minutes and look around the website and see what is available for you.....

Disclosure: Momselect invited me to review this site and although they are providing me with a gift card to say thank me for my time it in no way influenced my review of this program.

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