Are Virtual Schools Good for Children?
The advent and advancement of technology have also brought some notable advancements to the classrooms. Classrooms, films, and typewriters were soon replaced with computers. A teacher could prepare a slideshow, film, or graphics design assignment. These unique ways of teaching allow teachers to target learners’ strengths.
Learning becomes easy for the different categories of students: those who work with their hands and other students who learn through reading. The golden opportunity of computers has enabled students to learn through technology and are being engaged like never before. An innumerable number of students now have access to an immense amount of endless information through technology. This has opened up opportunities for teachers, students, and school authorities alike, which no one ever thought existed.
One of the opportunities opened up by advanced technology is the virtual classroom. Where most educators harness and incorporate technology in the classrooms, a virtual classroom comes in place of actual classroom walls. And it is through this virtual space that students are taught. A learner can access a computer’s homework, lessons, tests, and information. This virtual space gives access to education students may not otherwise have had access to years ago.
With the option of a virtual school, some parents might wonder about the effectiveness of virtual classes for their children. It becomes contradictory as a parent when you’re committed to placing your kids under a reduced screen schedule back at home. But how about placing their kids behind a computer in the name of getting an education? Should parents be worried about this development?
The question of how a learner will cope without the physical presence of a teacher is, are virtual schools good enough for children? These questions and lines of opinion may come again when looking at a virtual school and some research done.
Connections Academy, a national online public school, research shows 315,000 students full-time online in the 2013-2014 academic year. A study done in Arkansas measured the proficiency stage of students in grades 5 and 8. The virtual students in the study increased their math skills by 10 percent and literacy by four percent, unlike the traditional students who had 1.6 percent points in math and 1.2 in literacy.
A study also came to light, revealing that virtual classes are pointless. As a result of this virtual class, it was as if the students were out of school for a year. Although the company behind this information is under some frivolous obligation to support how ineffective virtual classes are. Another study done in February 2017 showed that students who performed low are attracted to a virtual school and could have done better if attending a traditional school.
Educators cannot ignore the essence of having a virtual classroom in a bid to try different educational environments, either flexible or secure. Online Education offers students opportunities they have never had before. The question still lingers, is this an effective teaching tool? It isn’t easy to figure out an answer. It’s not a straightforward situation.
We hope more research will be done in time. Still, it is difficult to rightly tell which one is honest or propaganda, as it is a hot political topic. Virtual schools do have their advantages.